Fun Things to Do in Knoxville: Ijams Nature Center and Quarry

student enjoying one of the fun things to do in Knoxville

East Tennessee summers are two things: hot and humid. There’s no better way to cool down and enjoy a day in the sun than in the water! With restrictions in place this summer, pools are having a hard time opening up.

While unable to access the large pool on property, luckily University Park residents are just a quick trip away from a day of fun in the sun!

They’re able to just gather their friends and take a trip to the quarry!

Fort Dickerson Quarry

Fort Dickerson Quarry is a zippy 4-minute drive from University Park. It’s right across the Tennessee River from downtown Knoxville. You can cool down in the 350-foot deep body of water or climb to see a stunning panorama of turquoise water, downtown’s skyline and Great Smoky Mountain peaks.

You can bring floaties, kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards! There are also walking trails for you and your pup and picnic shelters to enjoy lunch outside of the apartment. If you’re a history buff, then you’ll enjoy seeing the well-preserved Civil War forts. There’s something for everyone!

For more information, visit the quarry’s information page.

Ijams Nature Center’s Meads Quarry

Meads Quarry is a short 10-minute drive from University Park. Other than the large quarry, Ijams offers a multitude of walking trails and other activities that have made it one of the most popular destinations to visit in Knoxville.

You can rent a paddleboard, kayak or canoe from River Sports Outfitters located right beside the quarry for just $14 an hour. They’ll hook you up with a boat, paddle and a life vest, so if you’re not the best swimmer or deep water isn’t your friend, you’ll be worry free!

Ijams also permits alcoholic beverages, so if you’re 21 or older, you can crack one open and float the day away. They even have a beer stand that sells favorites like White Claw and domestic brews.

For more information, visit their website to learn about all the different activities the nature center has to offer.

There’s so much to do within just a couple of minutes from University Park, so it’s time to get out there and explore Knoxville!

By: Ashley Depew, Leasing Consultant