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Skate in Memphis: It’s Giving Brink

In my quest to learn how to skate, I started compiling my own list on where to roll around Memphis. Keep reading to see where you can put those wheels to work!

Where to Skate in Memphis:

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Photo: The Shelby Farms Greenline offers plenty of room to skate. Just ask Ali Manning, Local Author & Food Scientist!

Running from Midtown to Cordova, The Shelby Farms Greenline offers plenty of distance to develop your roller skating skills thanks to its 10+ miles of paved trails. Plus, Shelby Farms is one of the largest parks in the country with over 4,500 acres available for outdoor activities of all kinds!  Before you visit, be sure to check out the park’s webpage on their trails which can give you an idea on where to explore.

From sun up to sun down, you can roll around at Houston Skatepark! The paved trails surrounding the area are perfect for practice—and the quarter pipe, bowls, mini-ramps, and rails are there when you’re ready to take things to the next level. 

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Tobey Skatepark (Photo: @amuricaworld)

When looking for a place to skate in Memphis that’s fitting for all ages, advanced or beginner, Tobey Skatepark is the premier spot to pull up. Feeling daring? Give the infamous Memphis Wave a go—or take it easy and cruise along the snake runs and ramps.

Depending on the day of the week, and time of day, you decide to roll around, you might have the Overton Park Shell Free Music Series as the soundtrack to your skate sesh! Hit up the Rainbow Lake Trail at Overton Park for a smooth ride, or start your journey out east via the Shelby Farms Greenline. P.S. watch out for twigs!

This brings a whole new meaning to “Rolling on the River.” The mile-long Big River Crossing offers major views of the downtown skyline! So, as you skate in Memphis, take a minute to pause for pics and videos, and tag #choose901 for chance to be featured in our IG feed

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Photo: Memphis River Parks Partnership

Speaking of views, Tom Lee Park is perfect for a sunset skate session. And speaking of Sunset Skate Sessions, Memphis River Parks Partnerships hosts a free groove and glide down Riverside Drive on the last Thursday of each month with first-come-first-serve skate rentals.

The skate park is just one piece of this 65-acre civic center! Catch some air then cruise on over to the local library because books are rad. 

While part of the Wolf River Greenway is under construction, there are multiple areas that are open and available for use. Hit the trails and take in the views over the scenic bridges before you get back to the grind. 

The skate community, at large, marches to the beat of its own drum—and Al Town is a direct representation of that DIY mentality. This unique Downtown Memphis landmark is primarily designed for skateboarders, but the open areas allow roller skaters to roam with ease. *P.S. it’s only open on weekends*

For more comprehensive info on where to skate in Memphis, check out Mid-South Skate.

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