Paris, Tennessee isn’t just home of the world’s biggest fish fry: the town also has a lively arts scene, and it’s most famous attraction is a 60-foot scale replica of the Eiffel Tower. Sitting in a park of the same name, the structure was originally created in 1990 for the Memphis in May International Festival, which focuses on a different country each year. After the festival honoring France was over, the tower was taken down, but was later reconstructed by volunteers from the local Christian Brothers University in Memphis. In 1993, it was officially dedicated in its current spot. (The original wooden structure has since deteriorated, necessitating the steel replica in the park today.)
What Makes It Great
Eiffel Tower Park features a paved .75-mile Memorial Park Trail, which runs around its perimeter. The replica tower is right at the entrance, so each time you pass it you can add another three-quarters of a mile to your total distance. If you follow Maurice Fields Drive to its endpoint near the center of the park and back on each lap, you’ll bring lap totals up to almost exactly one mile.
Who is Going to Love It
It may not be a wilderness experience, but Eiffel Tower Park is an ideal spot to do some speedwork when you’re short on time. It helps to know the exact distance of each lap, and with a smooth, well-maintained surface, you can pick up speed without worrying about tripping hazards.
The park also has well-maintained playground structures, tennis courts, and soccer fields, an outdoor pool and volleyball court, and a championship 18-hole disc golf course, so it’s a great place to bring the whole family.