T.O. Fuller State Park is a beautiful destination for hikers, with three lightly trafficked trails running through the area. Located just 12 miles from downtown Memphis, this park is super convenient and offers a great experience for the whole family. From steep terrain to marshy wonders, this state park has a little bit of everything for any outdoor enthusiast.
What Makes It Great
With its convenient location near Memphis, T.O. Fuller State Park is becoming increasingly popular with locals. The three trails at the park range from easy to moderate and travel through a variety of terrain.
The paved Nature Enhancement Area Trail winds it way through four miles of wetlands, grassy meadows, and upland pond. The park is part of the Mississippi Flyway, so look for songbirds, shorebirds, and waterfowl along the way.
The Discovery Trail is a 4-4.5 mile loop around the entire park. This trail is a bit more rugged than the others, so you’ll have to keep an eye out for trail markers and changing terrain. You’ll forget how close you are to Memphis as you hike along, and give yourself time to explore the Chucalissa Indian Village. The prehistoric village has preserved archaeological excavations and a museum to learn more about the people that once inhabited the area. The Discovery Trail has several entry points, so check out the park brochure so you know where to go.
The trails are pretty well-maintained and marked but they are also designed to stay true to the natural elements of the area. It’s not uncommon to find narrow swatches of trail where you’ll have to squeeze between the brush and trees—but it’s worth the adventure.
Who is Going to Love It
This conveniently located park is perfect for the whole family—with plenty of hiking and activities, it’s worth the short drive. It’s also close enough for a midday hike or even to get some fresh air after work.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
You’ll enter the park through West Mitchell Road. Continue on the same road, until you hit a dead end. The campground, Chucalissa Indian Village, and ranger’s office are off to the right on Plant Road.
The trailheads are accessible on either side of the road near the park office.