Bordering on the mighty Mississippi River, two-thirds of this 13,467-acre park are bottomland hardwood forests of large oak, cypress and tupelo. The park also contains two lakes and many miles of hiking trails. The Meeman Museum and Nature Center is named for Edward J. Meeman, courageous conservation editor of Scripps-Howard newspapers who helped establish this park and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The park maintains a boat ramp on the Mississippi River. Deer, turkey, beaver and some 200 species of birds are abundant.
Beautiful forest views. Some steep hills which my 48 year old knees acutely felt. Red Trail was well marked. Took me close to 2 hours as I stepped carefully on the inclines and declines. Wear bug spray. bring water and snack for replenishing after the walk.
Glad I wore bug spray and long pants. Only did the Pioneer blue and white blaze section from the Nature Center. I went a little past the Pioneer shelter and was glad that I did as the path had some interesting change. Have to watch your footing as it can be muddy in some spots, and tree roots in others. Trail was hard to see sometimes because the leaves are starting to fall.
Saw a lot of snake holes. There are some hills, but was a little easier on my knees then the red Woodland Trail
Roselyn S. on Chickasaw Bluffs via Blue Trail
Challenging trail in certain areas (hills). Also very muddy in certain areas...and those muddy areas contain a lot of mosquitos. Not well marked. On the plus, it has a lot of wildlife (snakes, squirrels, deer, turkey, etc.); and there are beautiful wildflowers to enjoy and photograph.
Had a blast walking The Woodland Trail, ran across two snakes and me and my boyfriend had the awesome opportunity to have 2+ horsefly's follow us the entire hike, which made us keep a steady pace or else they would land on us and bite us. We came back the very next day and rode on the bike path as well as explored the abandoned pool/lodges (ohhh ahhh) and the lake.
Memorial Day hike. It had rained the day before, so there were downed limbs/trees. Tons of mosquitos. Very glad I brought the bug spray - you'll need to reapply half way through. The south part of the trail is the hilliest. It will test you. I'm glad I put it at the beginning of my hike. There is only one sharp incline at the tail end if you take the south part first. Oh, the welcome station has topo maps, but the trail is really well marked. Can't miss it.
My girlfriend and I did the woodland trail both directions with backpacks on while we train for the PCT. There are a couple good hills and definitely worth the trip. It rained throughout the day which made the hills a little slippery. All-in-all a pretty good hike and pretty close to Memphis
Danielle A. on Meeman - Shelby State Park Campgrou...
I must say this was more than I bargained for. The scenery was absolutely beautiful. The trails were challenging and I had to rest, but I was so excited to see my car.
The north trailhead is not well marked. On the park map it looks like you drive to the end of the group camp road, but that just put us in the woods. If you park at the beginning of the camp road (where it's blocked off to traffic), veer to your left down the grass "road" to find the trailhead.
Really nice trail, only hiked 4 miles in and 4 back so we could just take one car. Wooded, lots of wild flowers. A lot of mud too; be prepared to get wet unless it's been very dry lately. I was hoping for bluff views of the river but there are none.
This close to Memphis trail offers lots of fun ups and down climbs on the 3 mile loop Woodland trail, also opportunity to extend mileage where pioneer spring trail meets at woodland shelter, pioneer spring trail has nice flesh water spring to refill water bottle or camelback. In summer, lots of skeeters, bring bug spray.