Lace up those sneaks, grease those chains, and take on the outdoor trails in Memphis, from Downtown to the burbs and everything in between!
big river crossing
- This mile-long bridge makes the trek across the Mississippi river one to remember, offering beautiful skyline vistas photo opportunities. If you really want to go the extra mile, take on the 70-mile Big River Trail.
There are several parks linked together along the river, from Beale Street Landing past Tom Lee Park. These paved paths not only provide scenic views of the river and Downtown, but they’re also a great place to watch the sunset.
Pro Tip: 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.
Located near the University of Memphis, Audubon Park is in a good location for those looking to work some quality outdoors time into their busy schedule. The park has a one-mile-long fitness trail, picnic areas, and tennis courts.
Pro Tip: Once you finish the trail, head over to the nearby Memphis Botanic Garden and admire the blooms.
t.o. fuller state park
As the only state park located within city limits, T.O. Fuller State Park has over 8 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 4-mile loop of the Discovery trail to see the Chucalissa Indian Village exhibit, and for $6 visit the museum.
wolf river greenway
This 26-mile paved pedestrian pathway will eventually extend a total of 36 miles to connect neighborhoods all the way from the north end of Mud Island, in downtown Memphis, through the neighborhoods of north central Memphis, connecting to Shelby Farms and then to the cities of Germantown and Collierville, Tennessee.
herb parsons lake trail
Located just north outside of Collierville, Herb Parsons Lake may be a bit of a drive for most Memphians, but it provides a hiking experience that’s different than any in the city. The 6-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 act as a well deserved prize for your perseverance.
stanky creek trail
Stanky Creek Trail is a 9-mile, moderately trafficked loop trail located near Bartlett, Tennessee that features beautiful wild flowers, and three different trail options. The trail offers a number of activity options, is accessible year-round, and is dog friendly too!