Ijams canopy course reopens in South Knoxville

Asheville-based Navitat Canopy Adventures is launching Ijams Canopy Experience July 17 at Ijams Nature Center. The course sits on three acres and is designed to blend into the landscape.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Navitat’s Ijams Canopy Experience will reopen Friday.

The Knoxville adventure park closed temporarily in July after a Georgia man died while on the course. However, an autopsy report found the teen died of heart disease, not strangulation from ropes in the course.


An investigation did find issues with the safety lanyards used at the course.

“The Navitat adventure park now utilizes a different type of continuous belay safety system; change to this type of system was voluntary,” said Abby Burt with Navitat, about how they’ve changed to a new safety harness system.

“The ISC SmartSnap Continuous Belay System, a single-lanyard system that ensures 100% connectivity to safety cables at all times while on the adventure elements, is widely used and respected in our industry. All Navitat staff have received the proper training required for operating the adventure park with this new system,” she added, in a statement.

Ijams Nature Park said the park was reinspected by a third-part ACCT-certified inspector, who found the course safe.

“As long as someone comes out saying it’s safe, with expertise in that field, then I will try it,” said Paul Shahan, visiting Ijams on Thursday.

“I think it’s great as long as they have checked out the safety issues,” said Angela Groenhaut, another visitor, about the reopening.

The course is open Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Sundays from 12 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. through the month of November.

The tree-based zipline adventure park is made of six different “adventure trails.” Elements on the trails include ziplines, bridges, elevated tunnels, balancing challenges, rolling barrels and climbing nets.

Adventure time can be booked online, in advance, at Navitat Knoxville’s website.

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