T.O. Fuller State Park was the first state park east of the Mississippi River open to African Americans and only the second in the nation. The park was later changed from Shelby Bluffs to T.O. Fuller State Park in 1942 in honor of Dr. Thomas O. Fuller who spent his life empowering and educating African Americans. The park is located in Shelby County within the southern limits of the city of Memphis. The park encompasses a total of 1,138 acres with a diversity of wildlife. With its abundance of local flora and fauna from the Mississippi flood plains to its high and overshadowing bluff ridges makes this area an ideal place for the birdwatcher or outdoor extremist.

I give it 5 stars for around the Memphis area. Lot of ups and downs. Went during the fall and had some pretty views of deep valleys and the wetlands. Couple of benches set up along the way to sit and rest and enjoy the view. Only down side I see is it is an inner city park and the trains go right beside the park but overall a nice little park.

hiking
2 months ago

I took the trail to where it intersected with the Discovery Trail and followed it to the visitor Center, which was 2.5 miles. I walked the road back to Chucalissa around 1.5 miles and it was nice as well.

There is a foul odor, that may be wastewater treatment, or the oil refinery.

Trails are well marked and easy to navigate. there are a few trees and branches across the trail from last week's storm, but not difficult to navigate around.
Wear bug spray and long pants. Lots of Virginia Creeper, which can cause a rash if you rub up against it.

Nice, but lots of ticks and mosquitoes (avoid bringing a dog, mines was filled with ticks by the end of the hike).

trail running
11 months ago

Great little trail !! One of the more hillier loops in this area . Great for hiking or trail running . Loop is around 3.3 miles long. Can't wait to go back !

trail running
11 months ago

This loop is closer to 3.30 than 4. Very runable and a lot of climbing for a short loop. Really enjoyed it. You will forget your in Memphis for a moment.

walking
Saturday, November 05, 2016

Saturday, August 06, 2016

I liked the rough terrain, but you can here the traffic which kinda took away from the feeling of isolation.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

My absolute favorite place to run and hike in Memphis! One of the best secret spots. The trail is almost always maintained, unless you go right after a storm, and the staff are super friendly. 250ft of elevation gain over 4 miles. They are improving the park now to include a really cool nature center on other old golf course and replant the whole area with native plants and grasses.

hiking
Friday, July 22, 2016

stinging needles thru path. it is not maintained

hiking
Friday, May 20, 2016

Meh. The trail itself is challenging enough, and it's pretty when you're not right up next to the road, but half the time I was hiking, I kept smelling human waste. Not sure if it was all the stagnant water or the dumping station for the campground. And they're apparently doing construction? I go hiking to get away from human noise. For the novice hiker who enjoys a hike close to civilization, this is an ideal trail.