The 5 Best Places to Hike in Memphis

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T.O. Fuller State Park

Hiking in Memphis’ only state park gives visitors a chance to experience the great outdoors, as well as a history lesson. T.O. Fuller State Park was the first state park designated for African Americans east of the Mississippi River. In 1940, park workers unearthed a prehistoric village, now known as Chucalissa Indian Village. Today, it includes the village, preserved artifacts and a museum. The four-mile Discovery Trail loop allows viewing of the village and wetlands. Besides hiking, the 1,000-acre park offers opportunities for birding and swimming in the Olympic-size pool from the Friday before Memorial Day until Labor Day.

  • Location: 1500 Mitchell Road
  • Length of hike: Discovery Trail (4 miles)
  • Pets allowed: Dogs
  • Open: Year-round
  • Other activities: Birding, camping, swimming
  • Contact: (901) 543-7581

T.O. Fuller State Park

Colorful wildlife at T.O. Fuller State Park 

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