The grounds and trails are open every day from 8 am until dusk.

The Visitor Center, including exhibits, gift shop, offices and restrooms are open during the following times:

Visitor Center Hours

Monday – Saturday: 9 am to 5 pm
Sunday:  11 am to 5 pm

The Ijams grounds are open every day of the year from 8 a.m. until dusk.

For operating hours of Navitat Knoxville’s Ijams Canopy Experience, check out the Navitat website.

Admission: Free. However, Ijams gladly accepts and is grateful for cash donations, especially in U.S. currency. Seriously though, Ijams is a nonprofit organization, supported in part by the City of Knoxville, grants, program fees and the generosity of our members and visitors. If you enjoy your visit please support this nonprofit nature center.

Ijams is Dog Friendly!  By all means bring your favorite pooch. There is even a Pet Welcome Station near the Visitor Center, including leash holders and a doggy water fountain. For everyone’s enjoyment, we just ask that all pets keep their owners leashed at all times. Due to state and federal regulations that allow Ijams to care for exhibit hall creatures, pets are not allowed in the Visitor Center.

Please Pick Up After Your Pooch! Please ensure everyone has a pleasant experience by picking up after your pooch does its business. Poop bag stations can be found near the Visitor Center and pet waste bags are for sale in the gift shop. Thank you for helping to keep the nature center grounds clean!

Restrooms: Restrooms are available in the Ijams Visitor Center during normal operating hours and at the Ijams Homesite and Mead’s Quarry from 8 am until park closure.

Beer Garden: The Ijams beer garden located at Mead’s Quarry will be opening on weekends and Tuesday nights (weather permitting) starting March 30, 2019.

Hours of Operation for the Quarry Beer Garden:

Tuesday Evenings: 4pm- 8pm

Saturdays: 10am-7pm

Sundays: 10am-7pm

In partnership with Yee-Haw Brewing Co., the Outpost features cold draft Yee-Haw beer as well as snacks and nonalcoholic beverages.

River Sports Rentals at the Ijams Quarries:
Monday-Friday 2pm-7pm
Saturday 10am-7pm
Sunday 12pm-6pm
$12 per boat per hour
For more information on boat and bike rentals, check out the RiverSports website.