4. Ijams Nature Center

Ijams is a wild place filled with rocks, rivers, trees, trails, owls and salamanders. Visitors of all ages and ability can hike, bike, paddle, stroll, learn or simply enjoy the day. Ijams is a sanctuary for all visitors to learn and connect with the natural world and be made better by that connection – a place where living with the earth and caring for the earth become one and the same.

Stop by the Visitor Center to buy a trail map so you can fully explore all the trails, special locations and learn about events and programs like our regular creature features! Close by are Jo’s Grove, Alice’s Greenhouse and trail heads. Housed within are restrooms, rotating artwork shows, exhibits and gift shop. Breakfast is served on Saturday mornings!

Must Do: The Keyhole at Ross Marble Quarry. Images will linger in your mind long after you leave this amazing stone structure located on the Ross Marble Quarry Loop. The views from the Rock Bridge above overlooking what local’s call God’s Chair are stunning. Ross Marble is now listed on the National Register for Historic Places for its part in the history of the nation’s Tennessee Marble industry.