Hike

Ijams is a 300-acre urban greenspace featuring over 12 miles of natural surface trails plus a stretch of the Will Skelton Greenway. All of the trails are hiker friendly, although 9+ miles incorporating Mead’s Quarry and the Ross Marble Natural Area serve both hikers and mountain bikers.

When you visit, pick up a trail map at the Visitor Center (only $1) and experience Ijams’ beautiful landscape featuring trails, woodlands, meadows, ponds, and an extensive boardwalk along the Tennessee River bank. To view our PDF maps, click links below:

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! Our talented instructors will be leading backpacking clinics excursions throughout the summer. Be sure to check our CALENDAR OF EVENTS for the most current program information.

Urban Wilderness- South Loop

Ijams is also part of South Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness. This urban greenspace  incorporates 1,000-forested acres along downtown’s south waterfront. It creates an exceptional recreation and historic corridor inviting residents and visitors to experience the special character-defining assets of our city. With over 40 miles of multi-use trails, 10 parks, four civil war sites, incredible views, and unparalleled natural features, this unique area provides a premiere outdoor experience. Check out the links below for detailed maps of sections of the Urban Wilderness.

South Loop Map

Anderson School

Hastie Natural Area

Forks of the River Wildlife Refuge

Baker Creek Preserve