Explore the most popular trails in Ijams Nature Center with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

ok lots of people enjoying the day

Nice trail. Easy to find and follow the trail. We went on a weekend where there happened to be a 5k run so there were far too many people. Not a strenuous hike for sure. Follows the river in spots and has a boardwalk past a cave. That was pretty neat to see. Visitors center and rescued birds were very nice. I’d recommend for a quick walk in the woods.

4 months ago

Really enjoyed this trail. Saw raccoon and snake. Nice hike

Great quick way to get outside with the family close to home!

I agree that this is a neat trail for being pretty much right in Knoxville. The river walk and cave are pretty neat. My daughter and I also went up the tower trail a ways-nice spot to sit and take in the view. Will probably walk it again sometime since it’s so close.

Did the river walk trail as a family. Great trail for all levels especially younger kids. My six year old loved it

nature trips
5 months ago

Ratings are all relative :) I gave this a 5 as this seems perfect when you think about a trail that is in a city. I’m not from the area so this was the first time I had checked out this area. This particular trail was pretty great. It was diverse in the type of scenery...from river views to rocks to seeing a cave to a pond etc. Definitely an easy path. I only came across a couple groups of people which was nice as well. I went at 6 pm on a Wed night though. I bet it gets crowded on the weekends though. I would go again and frequent often if I lived in Knox.

Ps. You can make this trail a bit longer by veering off the path periodically on the other side trails.

This also is more along the lines of an easy trail vs moderate.

Most trails appear to be of easy to moderate + difficulty. Intresting trails and scenic greenways. Plenty of activities for children. Pet friendly areas. Plenty of parking. Close to home.

A great little park on the south side of the city. Lots of fun walking along the river and good for all ages.

6 months ago

Great little taste of nature for when you're in Knoxville and can't leave your responsibilities behind to get yourself to the smokies.

Great place to take your kids and pets, will be coming back again!

I love Ijams and how close it is to Downtown Knoxville. There’s always something to see here! Easy to moderate trails that anyone can enjoy.

Great hike with my wife and daughters!

I went with my mom. we both loved this trail

10 months ago

Always a nice and easy hike. Great for kids with the nature center and play area.

The lake side trail up to the cemetery was a bit challenging . Other than that this place has easy hikes . Love the sights tho - very relaxing for a short Sunday hike.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Loved this trail can't wait to try another trail with my dogs.

Friday, March 02, 2018

Great trails and well maintained.

Friday, February 02, 2018

I love Ijams, there are trails for everyone from beginners to seasoned hikers.

Saturday, November 11, 2017


trail running
Saturday, October 28, 2017

Favorite trail to run so far in Knoxville. Not sure if many (or any) other trails in the area where you can run for 3 hours without going over the same ground. Spectacular forest trails! Wish some of the bike trails and hiking trails were more clearly marked but I’m sure overlapping maps are out there. If your first time exploring be sure to allow extra time for an unhurried experience.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Great hike with some ups and downs that gets your heart pumping.

paddle sports
Thursday, April 20, 2017

Ijams is a great place to hike in town. There are many trails to choose from or to combine if you want a longer hike. I have knee trouble from time to time so I can go there and have a nice hike on more even paths or I can do some climbing if my knee will cooperate. They have rentals at the quarry for kayaking and paddle boarding or you can bring your own and go on the river at the river landing. Very nice ramp there! You don't have to get your feet wet! Parking is pretty close by, but you do have to walk a bit to get to the ramp. I used my trolley to wheel my kayak to and from the ramp. If no parking is available there you can drop off your "boat" and park at the quarry down the gravel road and across the street. I made it a combo and hiked a mile then kayaked 4 miles on the river. It was very nice.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Ijam's is a beautiful nature preserve right in town. They've done a great job making it a welcoming destination for anyone wanting to spend some time outside. I love the boardwalk trail and the maze of trails across the road by the quarry.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Thursday, March 02, 2017

One of my favorites in east tn!

Monday, February 13, 2017

Nice river walk. Good for kids because it's fairly flat, easy, and short.

nature trips
Tuesday, January 31, 2017

The quarry is beautiful- we loved looking for freshwater jellyfish in the blue water!

trail running
Monday, December 26, 2016

Not amazing, but I'm glad it's so close.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Loved the hike along the TN river and the quarry this past Saturday. Couldn't have asked for a more beautiful day to hike the trails. I'll be back!

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