The Mississippi River Trail (MRT) follows the mighty Mississippi from its headwaters at Lake Itasca, Minnesota all the way to its mouth in the Gulf of Mexico near Venice, Louisiana. Along the way, the MRT takes many forms, including paved bike paths designated for cyclist and pedestrian use only, as well as following nearby roads. One section of the latter type runs right through Tiptonville, Tennessee and makes for an excellent road run along the water.
What Makes It Great
The section of the MRT through Tiptonville technically begins at Reelfoot Lake State Park, but you can also begin from the northwestern edge of town. For a nice cruiser road run, begin at the intersection of Elm and Church Streets, and follow the Tiptonville-Obion Levee Road as it winds south and west, following the general direction of the Mississippi itself.
This relatively quiet alternative to the parallel Mooring Road (technically, the MRT proper) makes for a pleasant morning or evening run. Despite the large trees bordering the river, the road gets little shade, so it’s probably not a good choice for midsummer afternoons. Of course, you can follow the road as long as you like, but for reference, the five-mile mark is just past the intersection with Flowers Sheep Ridge Road.
Who is Going to Love It
Runners looking for a workout without having to leave town will find this section very convenient. The flat surface and ease of access also makes this spot perfect for anyone looking to get in some speedwork.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
No fee to use public roads and trails as part of the MRT.