About Ijams

Ijams is a state of mind: a place where you learn to care for the earth for your whole life.

Discover and explore Ijams’ 300 acres of protected wildlife habitat and natural areas, located only three miles from downtown Knoxville, including 10-miles of trails, rock formations, ponds, lakes and stunning overlooks.

Take it easy for a while surrounded by the sights and sounds of nature!  Bring a picnic or enjoy snacks, bottled water or a soda that you can purchase in our gift shop.  Food trucks will be here seasonally. We have first come first served picnic tables and seating on our back patio. A blanket on the lawn is always great too!

Browse our gift shop and take home a signed book, souvenir, local craft-including beautiful handmade jewelry, bags, pottery (and more!) or fun logo wear. Every sale supports Ijams’ mission and operations. Plus, members enjoy 10% discount every day of the year!

Ride your bike on the City Greenway that winds through Ijams from Island Home Park or through the Forks of the River Wildlife Management Area. Or you can rent a road or mountain bike from River Sports Outfitters down at Mead’s Quarry.  Try renting a canoe, kayak or paddle board as well!

Ijams is a member and visitor-supported nonprofit organization. Your generous support is needed to continue the ongoing legacy for generations to come.

Explore all that Ijams has to offer….natural surface trails, scenic overlooks, disused marble quarries, boardwalks along the Tennessee River, historic cemeteries, wooded groves, nature playscapes, creeks and wildflowers. As one of the region’s beloved landscapes, it is no wonder that Ijams is renowned as a birding hotspot and natural treasure in East Tennessee.

Where else can you go so close to downtown that you can wander along secret trails, past moss-covered boulders lined with  imposing cliffs and or enjoy the seclusion of a historic trail teeming with Lenten Roses planted by one of Knoxville’s pioneering horticulturalists? Ijams literally has it all.

Community Support

Ijams sincerely appreciates community support to help maintain and improve the park, particularly the City of Knoxville and Knox County. As joint land owners, Ijams and the City and Knox County partner to provide Knoxville with one of its beloved park’s and outdoor experiences.

Learn about other local parks at:

City of Knoxville Parks & Recreation

Knox County Parks & Recreation