The Ijams Nature Center has a variety of things to see and do, including the historic Mead’s Quarry and Ijams Beer Garden, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the Keyhole at Ross Marble Quarry. Other attractions include the natural children’s playscape of Jo’s Grove, the Tennessee River Boardwalk, and the outdoor climbing station of Ijams Crag.
The Ijams Nature Center has a Visitor Center where visitors can purchase trail maps for the various walking trails in the park, find out information about the park and it’s attractions and learn about the functions and events held at in the Park. The Visitor Center hosts rotating artwork shows, wildlife exhibits, a gift shop and restrooms.
The beautiful natural area of Mead’s Quarry Lake can be enjoyed by kayaking or canoe, which can be hired from River Sports Outfitters and children can explore and discover through play in a safe and fun environment in the natural playscape of Jo’s Grove. Children can touch the earth and enjoy annual fairy house and gnome home competitions.
The Keyhole at Historic Ross Marble is an unusual stone structure set on the Ross Marble Quarry Loop that is listed on the National Register for Historic Places and delves into the history of the nation’s Tennessee Marble industry. Spectacular views can be taken in from the Rock Bridge above ‘God’s Chair.’
Hailed as the birthplace of the Ijams Nature Center, the 20-acre Ijams family homestead boasts terraced gardens, tranquil ponds, mysterious rock pools, and a plethora of walking trails along and around the Tennessee River. The beautiful riverscapes of the Tennessee River can be enjoyed from the Tennessee River Boardwalk, which begins just a mile from the source of the river and extends along the river.
Hayworth Hollow is a delightful walking trail that winds along the quarry gorge’s moss-covered boulders to a sheer wall of rock cliff hundreds of feet high that offers breathtaking views. Photo: Ijams Nature Center
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