Ijams is a 315-acre urban greenspace featuring more than 12 miles of natural surface trails plus a stretch of the Will Skelton Greenway. All of the trails are hiker friendly, and thanks to a partnership with the Appalachian Mountain Bike Club, 9+ miles in the Mead’s Quarry and Ross Marble Natural Area of the nature center are also designed for mountain bikers.

When you visit, pick up a trail map at the Visitor Center (only $1) and experience Ijams’ beautiful woodlands, meadows, ponds and more.

Sanctuary Map   Quarry Map

Backpacking Workshops and Trips

If you are interested in taking your hiking to a new level or if you’d like to experience some of the wonderful trails throughout East Tennessee, be sure to learn more about the IJAMS OUTDOOR ACADEMY! Ijams’ talented instructors will be leading backpacking clinics excursions throughout the summer. Be sure to check the CALENDAR OF EVENTS for the most current program information.

Urban Wilderness – South Loop

Ijams Nature Center is the crown jewel in Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness, which features 1,000 forested acres along downtown’s south waterfront. The Urban Wilderness is an exceptional historic and recreational corridor, inviting all who visit to experience the special character-defining assets of Knoxville. With more than 40 miles of mixed use trails, 10 parks, four Civil War sites, incredible views and unparalleled natural features, this unique area draws people from around the corner and around the world. Visit the links below for detailed section maps of the Urban Wilderness.

South Loop Map

Anderson School

Hastie Natural Area

Forks of the River Wildlife Refuge

Baker Creek Preserve