Ijams Nature Center Trails

Parks and Recreation Director

Sheryl Ely
[email protected]
(865) 215-4311

Lakeshore Park
5930 Lyons View Pike
Knoxville, TN 37919

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More info available at knoxurbanwilderness.com

Explore the trails on Google Trekker Street View
Unpaved Trail Length:
12.9 miles
Used for: walking, running, bicycling, walking leashed dogs
Hours: dawn till dusk
Lights: none
Difficulty: varies from easy to difficult depending on trail
Surface: natural path, mulch
Facilities: restrooms at Nature Center during visiting hours, also restrooms off of Serendipity Trail
Watershed: Baker Creek
Connects to: Ijams Nature Center, Will Skelton Greenway, Urban Wilderness South Loop​​
KATRoute 40
Island Home Blvd for Will Skelton Greenway

City Council District: 1
Ijams Nature Center Trails

2915 Island Home Ave.
Knoxville, TN 37920

South Knoxville

Click for MAP HERE 

Directions: Head south on Gay Street and cross the Gay Street Bridge; turn left onto Sevier Avenue; go approximately 2 miles and turn left onto Island Home Avenue; after approximately 1 mile, turn right to remain on Island Home Avenue; follow Island Home Avenue approximately 2 miles; Ijams Nature Center will be on the left.

Ijams Nature Center is a 275-acre wildlife sanctuary and natural area featuring 10 miles of natural surface trails plus a stretch of paved Greenway. All of the trails are hiker friendly, although 3.5 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.

Explore the Ijams Nature Center trails on Google Trekker Street View (images from Fall 2014):
Ijams Nature Center
Ijams Nature Center, Beech Trail
Ijams Nature Center, Discovery Trail
Ijams Nature Center, Flow Trail
Ijams Nature Center, Imerys Trail
Ijams Nature Center, North Cove Trail
Ijams Nature Center, Pink Marble Trail
Ijams Nature Center, Pinkston Point Trail
Ijams Nature Center, River Trail
Ijams Nature Center, South Cove Trail
Ijams Nature Center, Tharp Trace Trail
Ijams Nature Center, Toll Creek Loop
Ijams Nature Center, Tower Trail
Ijams Nature Center, Universal Trail

Click here to view other virtual treks of greenways, trails, and attractions around Knoxville.

Originally developed by Harry Ijams, Knoxville's leading bird expert, and Alice Yoe Ijams, "First Lady of Knoxville Garden Clubs", the area has been a gathering point for bird and nature-lovers for more than a century.  Click here for more Ijams history.

This public space was donated to the City and has been managed by the Ijams Nature Center staff and Board of Directors since the 1960s.
Map of Ijams Nature CenterMap Legend