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Tue, Nov 01


Ijams Nature Center

River Trail Re-Opening Celebration

Celebrate the re-opening of the Ijams River Trail!

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River Trail Re-Opening Celebration
River Trail Re-Opening Celebration

Time & Location

Nov 01, 2022, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Ave, Knoxville, TN 37920, USA

About the Event

Please join Ijams Nature Center to celebrate the re-opening of the north side of River Trail and a new section of the River Boardwalk on Tuesday, Nov. 1, at 11 a.m.!

All are invited to meet at the intersection of North Cove Trail and River Trail on the bluffs behind the Ijams Visitor Center. After short remarks, guests will explore the new trail, including the boardwalk, to its intersection with River Landing.

River Trail is only accessible by foot and the route includes significant inclines. The total length of the walk is about one mile.

A large section of River Trail washed away during flooding in February 2019, forcing its closure. The boardwalk remained open, but could be accessed only from the opposite side of the trail.

Ijams Nature Center staff called in partners to determine the best way to repair the trail and stop further erosion. While planning was under way, Ijams staff and volunteers began removing invasive species from the area to open up the view to the river and allow native species to repopulate. Appalachian Mountain Bike Club created a new section of trail farther from the river’s edge.

The next step was to install a support system on the side of the cliff, which had to be done from the water and required massive equipment. Ijams needed to find a barge company, and with all of the damage caused by the flood and other work that needed to be done, the waiting list was long.

In June 2022, Knoxville Barge, Inc., drove pilings into the side of the cliff to provide support for a new section of the River Boardwalk to connect the trail and existing boardwalk.

Earthadelic then tackled the rest of the project, which involved construction on a cliff face and seamlessly marrying new construction to the existing boardwalk. The original wooden structure was designed and built by Don Niday in the mid 1990s. Earthadelic completed its work in early October. Now it's time to celebrate!

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