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#21 of 433 state parks in Tennessee

Best trails in Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park

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Looking for a great trail in Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park, Tennessee? AllTrails has 9 great hiking trails, trail running trails, walking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 6 moderate trails in Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park ranging from 0.6 to 12.1 miles and from 334 to 423 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park is a forested 12,539-acre area that runs along the Mississippi River - it is a bottomland hardwood forest covered in oak trees, American beech, hickory, cypress, and tupelos. The park has two lakes, more than 20 miles of hiking trails, and many species of wildlife for visitors to enjoy. There are a variety of camping accommodations throughout the park, including: vacation cabins along the Poplar Tree Lake, campsites equipped with tables and grills, and a group campsite for up to 140 people. The state park has winding trails throughout which will satisfy hikers of all skill levels, from the strollers to adventurers. Visitors should not miss the Chickasaw Bluff Trail that winds along a bluff and overlooks the Poplar Tree Lake. Make sure to be watchful for deer, turkey, otter, beaver, foxes or bobcats throughout the forest. There are more than 200 species of birds for those interested. The Nature Center is open Memorial Day through Labor Day (Friday-Sunday: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM). There are a ton of exhibits for kids and adults to enjoy such as snakes, turtles, and a live butterfly garden, insect table and Native American exhibit. The park is home to one of the largest disc golf courses in the Southeast. Enjoy the outdoors at Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park.

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Map of trails in Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park
Park information
Acreage:
12,539 acres
Park hours
Monday
7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sunday
7:00 am - 6:00 pm
Contact
901-876-5215
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Top trails (9)
#1 - Woodland Trail Three Mile Loop
Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park
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Length: 3 mi • Est. 1 h 30 m
This park re-opened for day-use visitation between 7am and sunset on April 24, 2020. The public will have access to most trails, boat ramps, marinas, golf courses and other outdoor recreation opportunities. Park facilities and overnight accommodations will remain closed, as will playgrounds and other social gathering places. See here for more info: https://tnstateparks.com/about/covid-19-closuresShow more
#2 - Chickasaw Bluffs and Pioneer Springs Blue Trail
Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park
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Length: 12.1 mi • Est. 5 h 28 m
This park re-opened for day-use visitation between 7am and sunset on April 24, 2020. The public will have access to most trails, boat ramps, marinas, golf courses and other outdoor recreation opportunities. Park facilities and overnight accommodations will remain closed, as will playgrounds and other social gathering places. See here for more info: https://tnstateparks.com/about/covid-19-closuresShow more
#3 - Pioneer Springs Trail
Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park
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Length: 4.9 mi • Est. 2 h 10 m
This park re-opened for day-use visitation between 7am and sunset on April 24, 2020. The public will have access to most trails, boat ramps, marinas, golf courses and other outdoor recreation opportunities. Park facilities and overnight accommodations will remain closed, as will playgrounds and other social gathering places. See here for more info: https://tnstateparks.com/about/covid-19-closures Blue trail markings. Show more
#4 - Woodland Trail 1 Mile Loop
Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park
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Length: 1.2 mi • Est. 35 m
This park re-opened for day-use visitation between 7am and sunset on April 24, 2020. The public will have access to most trails, boat ramps, marinas, golf courses and other outdoor recreation opportunities. Park facilities and overnight accommodations will remain closed, as will playgrounds and other social gathering places. See here for more info: https://tnstateparks.com/about/covid-19-closures Meander along a creek edge.Show more
#5 - Meeman-Shelby Biking and Hiking Trail
Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park
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Length: 4.9 mi • Est. 2 h 10 m
This park re-opened for day-use visitation between 7am and sunset on April 24, 2020. The public will have access to most trails, boat ramps, marinas, golf courses and other outdoor recreation opportunities. Park facilities and overnight accommodations will remain closed, as will playgrounds and other social gathering places. See here for more info: https://tnstateparks.com/about/covid-19-closures North part is a paved closed road. South part is a paved path fair condition. Show more
#6 - Chickasaw Bluffs Trail
Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park
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Length: 7.4 mi • Est. 3 h 17 m
This park re-opened for day-use visitation between 7am and sunset on April 24, 2020. The public will have access to most trails, boat ramps, marinas, golf courses and other outdoor recreation opportunities. Park facilities and overnight accommodations will remain closed, as will playgrounds and other social gathering places. See here for more info: https://tnstateparks.com/about/covid-19-closuresShow more
#7 - Horse Trail to Poplar Tree Lake Loop
Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park
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Length: 3.6 mi • Est. 1 h 37 m
This park re-opened for day-use visitation between 7am and sunset on April 24, 2020. The public will have access to most trails, boat ramps, marinas, golf courses and other outdoor recreation opportunities. Park facilities and overnight accommodations will remain closed, as will playgrounds and other social gathering places. See here for more info: https://tnstateparks.com/about/covid-19-closures Horse and hiking trail poorly marked. Show more
#8 - Horse Trail and Benjestown Loop
Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park
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Length: 3.5 mi • Est. 1 h 36 m
This park re-opened for day-use visitation between 7am and sunset on April 24, 2020. The public will have access to most trails, boat ramps, marinas, golf courses and other outdoor recreation opportunities. Park facilities and overnight accommodations will remain closed, as will playgrounds and other social gathering places. See here for more info: https://tnstateparks.com/about/covid-19-closuresShow more
#9 - Horse Trail Short Loop
Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park
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Length: 0.6 mi • Est. 16 m
This park re-opened for day-use visitation between 7am and sunset on April 24, 2020. The public will have access to most trails, boat ramps, marinas, golf courses and other outdoor recreation opportunities. Park facilities and overnight accommodations will remain closed, as will playgrounds and other social gathering places. See here for more info: https://tnstateparks.com/about/covid-19-closures This is a lush lightly traveled single lane ONE WAY trail in the counter clockwise direction. The clockwise direction is unmarked and therefore it is easy to lose the trail. Show more