Memphis, Tennessee, located on the Mississippi River, has a variety of gorgeous riverside parks as well as some lovely new urban bike trails that allow locals to get out into nature. Culture Trip has found some of the most beautiful parks to check out on your next trip.
A 6.5 mile urban trail connecting Midtown Memphis to Shelby Farms Park, the Greenline Park is a beautiful pedestrian and bike trail. There are free bike repair stations along the trail, including air pumps, as well as tools to fix up your ride. The trail makes use of an abandoned train track, converted into paved bike road and pedestrian walkway, which now connected to the Shelby Farms Park Wolf River Pedestrian Bridge. It’s a great way to get out of the city and into nature. Shelby Farms Park is one of the twenty largest urban parks in the U.S., home to lakes, forests, wetlands, and a bison herd.
Shelby Farms Greenline Park, 500 N Pine Lake Dr Memphis, TN USA +1 901-222-7275
Home of Levitt Shell, an outdoor amphitheater that hosts free live music concerts in the fall and spring, Overton Park is a dynamic 342-acre public park in the heart of Memphis. It’s also the location of the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis College of Art, and Memphis Zoo. The park contains a 126-acre old growth forest, one of the few remaining in Tennessee. It’s a social park with events all year around, from Tai Chi in the Park to the Overton Farmers Market to community hikes through the forest.
Overton Park, 1914 Poplar Ave Memphis, TN USA +1 901-214-5450
Located on Mud Island, Mississippi Greenbelt Park is a 105 acre, tree-lined and spacious riverside park with a 1.5 mile trail that runs the length of the park. It’s a lovely place to go for a run or walk along the trees and banks of the Mississippi River. It’s a favorite picnic spot of locals, and you can find plenty of fun activities to do, like rent kayaks or toss a Frisbee with college students.
Mississippi Greenbelt Park, Memphis, TN USA
Featuring 28 specialty gardens on 96 acres of land, the Memphis Botanic Garden is not to be missed while visiting Memphis. It includes a butterfly garden with all sorts of plants meant to attract butterflies, the Cactus and Succulent Garden, and the botanical herb garden, which houses a whopping 750 species of plants. Visitors enjoy the peaceful atmosphere and the giant koi fish in the pond.
Memphis Botanic Garden, 750 Cherry Rd Memphis, TN USA +1 901-636-4100
The Tom Lee Park is named after Tom Lee, an African American riverworker, who in 1925 rescued 32 passengers of the sinking steamboat M.E. Norman. In the riverfront park you’ll find plenty of skaters, walkers, joggers, and bikers. It’s also the location of the Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis.
Tom Lee Park, Memphis, TN USA +1 901-636-6564