nature trips



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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.

I’ve been coming here for over 8 years. It’s a great trail that’s not too far from Memphis proper. The trail has its strenuous spots but it’s not too bad. It can be muddy and if there’s been a recent rain, some of the creek crossings might be impassable. One nice thing is that there have been multiple improvements over last few years. Overall, if you need an infusion of nature and a break from the hustle and bustle of the 21st century, this is a perfect spot.

Pioneer Springs is the most worthwhile hike in the park - although that's not saying much. It's true there's at least one bridge that needs repair, and only the entrance near the lake is easy to find. I think I found the main entrance to just the Chickasaw Bluffs trail and needless to say, I didn't feel good parking my car there.

BUT the PS trail shelter is a fun stop, and the last part of the trail is quite nice. You can definitely get some great photographs while you're out.

1 month ago

Beautiful trails

Probably our favorite trail to hike with our dog in the Memphis area. Lots of elevation changes make this one more challenging than most in the Shelby county area

First hike on this trail and it was pretty great! Started out on the more challenging half (to the left). Good elevation change. There is a portion of the trail shortly after the halfway mark, where a bridge was washed out. Not a major deal, but did have to find a better spot to cross and jump across the stream

Completely paved with picnic tables along the way. This is the first trail to do in this park.

Good elevation gain and losses. Trail has had some work done and new benches are along two most strenuous sections. Trail can be 1, 3 or 4 miles depending on where you turn. Signs have been upgraded recently. Expect downed trees, out bridge and erosion. This trail gets heavy use on weekends.

First trail and I loved it! Will go back soon!

Beautiful forest, well-marked trail. Very peaceful, and the hills were enough to get my blood pumping.

Was not what I expected. For someone new, the actual trail was hard fo find. When we found it, it started off good. As we progressed, there was very little to no signage. It wasn't very clear on where to go. My wife and I walked different directions just to make sure we didn't miss anymore of the trail. Not really worth the drive.

its cool that the shed is at the end... and having the 1mile and 2 mile mark set up if you dont want to do the whole thing is nice... really marked trail

I walked this trail today with my 3 dogs and they had a blast. Very peaceful and wouldn’t expect it to be as full of nature as it is.

Had a great hike yesterday with the family. Did the full trail which ended up right at 4 miles. Trail has great markings and is well maintained.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

First half (clockwise) is very hilly, second half is relatively flat. For the best workout do the first half then turn around and come back the same way. Doubling back creates the most challenging trail I've been able to find within a 30 mile drive.

Saturday, November 04, 2017

Beautiful woodland hike. Hilly in areas. Trail well marked.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Monday, October 23, 2017

Good for dogs as long as it isn't summer time (bugs are bad). If you start on the left, you get the hardest part out of the way first. Coming out takes 1/2 the time as packing in. It is hilly in some spots but easy to do with a few breaks.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

woodland trails moderate +, great workout and pretty. trails well markd

Sunday, August 13, 2017

This is my favorite trail near Memphis. it is a very dense beautiful forest and filled with wildlife. It's much Hillier than you would expect. The bugs can get pretty bad sometimes so make sure you prepare!

I did an out and back. Steep grades at the trailheads. Not as long as advertised but if measured by steps maybe. Trees down blocking path on north end. Had to bushwhack some to complete it. Poison ivy and mosquitos. Repellent and breakaway pants rids those problems.

Much more hilly than I thought it would be, which was great!

Well maintained and marked. Fun with dogs.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Great trails! Best in Memphis!

Monday, January 02, 2017

I have been out here several times to run for big races. Today we took several kids ages from 4-14 and all did great. The new signage and blaze marks made it a fun hike with climbs.

Monday, December 26, 2016


Sunday, October 16, 2016

Great hike. Several levels (1 mi, 3 mi, and 4 mi) of loops. Good for beginner - moderate hikers.

Monday, September 05, 2016

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

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Decent and enjoyable mostly in the fall and winter. Spring is nice too if you catch it early. Otherwise the mosquitos are the size of your hand and will carry you off.

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

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.

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