Hiking in Memphis, TN
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RootsRated explores the best hiking trails in Memphis. From quick hikes to all-day epics, let our experts help you find the perfect trails. Our destinations are chosen by outdoors experts who live and play in Memphis, so you’re sure to find the top adventures and maybe even a few local secrets!
Twenty miles southeast of Jackson, Tennessee, this unique and historically important 1,200-acre destination is as rich with culture as it is with raw natural beauty.
If you’re in Memphis and want an escape from the city without going too far, Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park is just 25 minutes from the city and has more than 20 miles of trails.
T.O. Fuller State Park sits on 1,138 acres, just minutes from downtown Memphis. The park’s proximity to downtown makes it a great getaway for a hike or run.
With over four miles of natural trail paths perfectly suited for walking and hiking, Old Forest State Natural Area is a 142-acre beauty of old growth that dates back more than 10,000 years.
Herb Parsons Lake Trail is an easy, six-mile route around the beautiful lake.
The lake itself is Reelfoot Lake State Park’s main attraction, but there’s plenty of hiking on the land around the lake, too.
Shelby Farms Park is one of the largest urban parks in the US, and it offers excellent hiking, trail running, mountain biking, and paddling opportunities.
More bayou than lake, the shallow waters of Reelfoot Lake—formed by a series of ferocious earthquakes in the early nineteenth century—echo with the whistling call of the bald and golden eagles who nest here, and are thick with migrating bird species.
Memphis might be the youngest of the major cities in the state of Tennessee, but locals will argue that it has the richest history of them all.
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