Well maintained and marked trail except the yellow jacket nest/hole on the edge of trail around 4 miles in from the right side of the lake. Definitely a high tick area also. Not sure mileage is accurate but enjoyed not being able to hear the highway for 3 hours. Nice stopping points and views of the lake.
Rode Herb Parsons Trail today for the first time. I am a beginner to trail riding. I would like to see the path trail marked better once out there riding. We had to get off in a few places because of logs covering the path and some steep slopes that were heavily rooted. I only took three tumbles so I would say it was a good day. :-) (p.s. I am 48 y.o)
Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) is applying the "High Impact" license fee to mountain bike use at Herb Parsons. The license will be required starting on July 1, 2015. TN residents $15.50 for a day license and $74 for an annual license. Nonresidents will be charged $37.50 for a day license and $233 for an annual license. The one star rating is for TWRA, not the trail.
The best trail in the Memphis area as far as I am concerned. Although the trail is mainly flat, it is long enough to satisfy my hunger to hike. I also run here and bikers are welcomed too. It is away from the hustle and bustle which separates it from Shelby Farms and the green lines within the city and German town. Fishing and boating can be a pleasure here, just make sure you check in. The paths are well walked and the trail is easy to see. You can see all kinds of wild life so bring a camera. I bring a hiking stick to help with things like snakes and such. Well shaded on hot day too, can't beat it.