The 5 Best Places to Hike in Memphis

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Because of the lack of hills and other topography, amenities and those who live in other areas of West Tennessee are often deemed amenities. Despite the absence of elevation, however, there are several places in our area for outdoor enthusiasts to hike and engage in other activities in the great outdoors. No matter where one calls home in the MidSouth, there is a picturesque jaunt—for beginners and more experienced hikers alike—nearby.

Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park

In Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park, also known as Shelby Forest, one can find elevation on Chickasaw Bluff Trail, Woodland Trail, Pioneer Springs and Horse Trails. This state park includes more than 13,000 acres bordering the Mississippi River, 13 miles north of Memphis. The longest loop on the Horse Trail route (which is open to horses andhikers) is along a bluff overlooking 100-acre Poplar Tree Lake. Trail maps are available at the visitors center. In addition to hiking, the park offers a 36-hole disc golf course, 49 campsites and six two-bedroom cabins for rent.

  • Location: 910 Riddick Road in unincorporated Millington, TN
  • Length of hike: Chickasaw Bluff (8 miles), Pioneer Springs and Woodland (3.5 miles), Horse (8 miles)
  • Pets allowed: Dogs, horses (on Horse Trails)
  • Open: Year-round. Visitors Center is open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily; the nature center is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Horse Trail is closed during wet and inclement weather.
  • Other activities: Biking, boating, camping, disc golf, fishing, horseback riding (on Horse Trail)
  • Contact: (901) 876-5215

Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park

Horse Trail, Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park

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