Photo: Noah Glenn
It’s officially springtime in Memphis and if you’re looking for a way to get outside and exercise try one of our numerous trails.
From routes crisscrossing the city to paths along the riverside, we’ve rounded up a few of the city’s best trails for hiking and biking.
- Hours: Sunrise to Sunset
- Location: Click here for maps and access points.
The Greenline is arguably Memphis’ most impressive and well known trail. Now spanning over 10 miles due to recent expansion, the trail links Midtown to Cordova through Shelby Farms with several access points along the way. Recently the Greenline has even received national recognition by being nominated for the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy Hall of Fame. While you’ll see a few bikers out on the Greenline, the wide paved trail is also great for walking.
- Hours: Sunrise to sunset
- Location: Click here for directions to the park.
Besides the Greenline, Shelby Farms Park is home to over 40 miles of paved and unpaved trails. These trails run through the entire park, giving hikers a chance to explore everything the park has to offer, from lakes to woods to fields. While the unpaved trails may be a little harder to navigate, one of the park’s varied-length walkways is sure to be just the journey you’re looking for. Don’t forget to pack a lunch to eat at one of the park’s numerous pavilions.
- Hours: 6 a.m. – 8 p.m. March 15 – Oct. 31. 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. Nov. 1 – March 14.
- Location: Click here for a list of access points.
The Greenway runs along the Wolf River from Walnut Grove to Germantown Parkway. The wide path perfectly accommodates both bikers and walkers. The current 4 mile trail connects the Memphis section of the Greenway to the Germantown one and Shelby Farms, and there are future plans to expand the trail even further, eventually stretching to Downtown.
- Hours: 6 a.m. – 10 p.m.
- Location: Click here for a map of the Riverfront.
Along the river several parks are linked together from Beale Street Landing past Tom Lee Park. The paved path provides scenic views of the river and downtown, and it’s a great place to watch the sunset. When you want to try out something other than walking, check out the RiverFit exercise equipment or Island Play at Beale Street Landing for the kids.
- Hours: 6 a.m. – 10 p.m.
- Location: Click here to see the park on a map.
On Mud Island is another great path along the river through Greenbelt Park. Due to its location, this park is a bit more secluded than the other Downtown parks. The flat, paved sidewalk runs the length of the park beside the river. Stop at one of the trail’s benches to take a breather and watch the barges float by.
- Hours: 6 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
- Location: Click here for a list of park entrances.
Most notably home to the Memphis Zoo and Levitt Shell, Overton is a 342 acre park and another of the city’s green treasures. The Old Forest State Natural Area inside the park has four miles of unpaved trails that wind between trees hundreds of years old, along with one mile of paved trails. Once you’re done with your hike relax on the grass on the Greensward.
- Location: 4145 Southern Ave
Located near the University of Memphis, Audubon Park is in a good location for those looking to work in some quality outdoors time into their busy schedule. The park has a one-mile-long fitness trail, picnic areas, and tennis courts. For $8 you can also walk through the nearby Memphis Botanical Garden and admire the blooms.
- Hours: Sunrise to sunset
- Location: 1500 West Mitchell Road
The only state park located within city limits, T.O. Fuller State Park has over eight miles of walking trails, an Olympic-size pool and recreation area. Due to its size and diverse terrain, hikers on both the park’s paved and unpaved trails have many opportunities to spot wildlife. Hike the four-mile loop of the Discovery trail to see the Chucalissa Indian Village exhibit and for $6 visit the museum.
- Hours: 7 a.m. – 10 p.m.
- Location: 910 Riddick Road, Millington
A great park for avid hikers, Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park has more than 20 miles of hiking trails. Trails vary in length, winding through the forest and around lakes. Some of the trails are even horse friendly. The park is 13 miles north of Memphis, but the abundance of wildlife and outdoor experiences available here make it worth the drive out.
- Hours: 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset
- Location: 1295 Fisherville Rd, Collierville
Located north outside of Collierville, Herb Parsons Lake may be a bit of a drive for most Memphians, but it provides a hiking experience different than any in the city. The approximately six-mile-long trail winds through the woods along the lake, which is largely used for fishing. The trail can be narrow at places, making it a bit more technical, but the lake views and closer connection to nature are well worth it.
- Hours: 4am to 11pm
- Location: 5760 Yale Rd, Memphis, TN 38135
Stanky Creek Trail is a 9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Bartlett, Tennessee that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. There are three different trail options. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
- Hours: Open sunrise to 10pm
- Access from Channel 3 Drive/Virginia Ave W
- Street parking available on Channel 3 Drive
- Lot parking available in Martyrs Park lot
Big River Crossing is the longest public pedestrian/bike bridge across the Mississippi River, providing dramatic views of its ever-changing landscape. By connecting Main Streets in Memphis and West Memphis, the BRX ties together urban, rural, and natural areas and gives users recreation options unique to each setting.