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.

The trail was nice. I would not rate it as easy, however, because there were a few inclines that were difficult for my 7 year old. We did see a lot of small wildlife—frogs, butterflies, salamanders, spiders.

The trail loops around/through Chucalissa, which was great. We got to see the grounds and read the placards, but they were closed at the time and I’m pretty sure we were accidentally trespassing. So, if you take this trail, try to do so during business hours, otherwise it’s hard to get out.

Also, per another review, we did notice a faint odor in the air, but it wasn’t obtrusive.

yeah... nothing very scenic

I went after the area got some pretty good rain, so there was a lot of standing water. As a result, tons of buggies. Great trail though, plenty of ups and downs to keep things interesting. Mostly shaded the entire way through.

It rained recently, so some of the slopes were a bit muddy. Recommend trekking poles for post-rain hikes. The trail shown might be an old trail; the path I took is significantly different and lacks obvious trail blazes, but leads to the right areas. Strongly recommend bug spray at this time of year; the mosquitoes were out in force! All in all, good trail, had a lot of fun.

Love love love this trail! Lots of ups and downs. Flowers in bloom! Had a few areas where it smelled bad but not enough to make me not want to return. Trail was well kept and very easy to follow. I felt like I received a pretty reasonable workout on this trail. Yes I will return!

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.

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.

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

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

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Sunday, January 01, 2017

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 !

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Sunday, January 01, 2017

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.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Loved it

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.

Friday, July 22, 2016

stinging needles thru path. it is not maintained

Saturday, April 16, 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.

Saturday, March 05, 2016

I got to the visitor center and the park ranger named Tony was very helpful and friendly. He passed out a copy of the trail to me and I was off on my way. I started at the trail head across the street and I was off. The trail was marked well and very enjoyable. Tons of birds and squirrels and many trees have signage on them as well. I will do it again!

Sunday, January 17, 2016

This is not an easy trail for young children like my 7 and 9 year old it was hard for the adults it was medium unless your wearing a 40 lb vest like my hiking partner was carrying. It is pet friendly and Chucalissa is close by

Monday, October 19, 2015

A nice trail, well marked with big plastic poles. The poles are different colors, orange and blue, but there is really only one trail.
It's hard to believe you're still in Memphis in this park.
Some up and down.
We saw a bald eagle and heard an owl hooting!
Beautiful autumn day.
Give it a try!

Friday, August 21, 2015

This was a decent trail, but it could be much better maintained. There was a ton of poison ivy growing out into the trail. For those who are into geocaching, there is a site along the trail. For those who have never tried it, it's fun, give it a shot!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Camped here as a way to spend multiple days in Memphis. The park is a lot more pleasant than its surrounding industrial area.

Sunday, July 06, 2014

not maintained. trees across trail. stinging nettles in trail. one bridge was not dog friendly. slats were too far apart. it would be a good trail, if some love was put into taking care of it.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

This is a relatively easy walk and is suited for most people. The trail is well-marked. Whenever a park road is crossed, a new marker of another color guides the way. At one point, it meets a small loop that is associated with the Chucalissa Museum trail and and then continues on. This hike includes a couple of steeper grades that are accompanied by wooden steps. It is a pleasant way to spend a couple of hours.

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