With this mild winter, Tioga’s office is buzzing with a restlessness to get outside! As we prepare for all the fun that warmer weather brings, this month’s Top 10 with Tioga highlights our favorite outdoor escapes.
Shelby Farms Park
Shelby Farms spans more than 4,500 acres of green space, making it one of the largest urban parks in the country. Featuring more than 40 miles of paved and unpaved trails perfect for walking, running, biking or hiking and home to more than 20 bodies of water, Shelby Farms is a great local escape for the whole family. When you visit, make sure to check out the herd of buffalo that live on the property!
Wolf River Greenway
The Wolf River Greenway is a 36-mile corridor of protected green space along the Wolf River, connecting the north end of Mud Island to the cities of Germantown and Collierville. If you love to explore nature or exercise outdoors, the Wolf River Greenway is a wonderful trail to travel.
The Greenline is a paved trail that connects Memphis and encourages recreation, exercise, togetherness and environmental conservancy throughout the community. Currently, the trail runs from Tillman Street to Walnut Grove Road to the Cordova Rail Depot with access points spanning across the city.
Dixon Gallery and Gardens
Founded in 1976, the Dixon Gallery and Gardens is a fine arts museum and garden located on a 17-acre campus. The Dixon features a permanent collection of more than 2,000 objects, ranging from French and American Impressionist paintings to German and English porcelain sculptures. With beautiful gardens to explore, the Dixon is the perfect location for an afternoon stroll. Pro tip: Eat your lunch in the gardens for free in the summer on Food Truck Fridays.
Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park
About 13 miles from Downtown Memphis, Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park covers 12,539 acres and borders the Mississippi River. Shelby Forest Park offers 49 campsites, rentable water sports equipment, such as kayaks, paddleboards and canoes, hiking and biking trails, horseback riding and disc golf courses. Fun fact: Shelby Forest Park is home to 10 Tennessee State Champion Trees and two National Champion Trees!
Tom Lee Park
Tom Lee Park is a 30-acre park located along Riverside Drive on the bluff of the Mississippi River. While it’s the home of the Memphis in May International Festival, it’s often filled with countless runners, walkers and cyclists during the other 11 months of the year.
The Ghost River
Just a few miles east of Shelby County, between Moscow and LaGrange, Tennessee, lies the wild swamps of the Ghost River. This section of the Wolf River is largely unspoiled by human development and has never been channelized, which allows visitors to immerse themselves into true nature. Rent a kayak or canoe, and paddle through five distinct ecosystems. It can be challenging at times to maneuver through obstacles and fallen tree branches, but the six-hour journey makes it all worth it when you discover the original beauty of this region.
big river crossing
Big River Crossing is the country’s longest active rail/bicycle/pedestrian bridge, serving as a connector between Main Street Memphis and Main Street West Memphis. You can catch some of the best views of the Memphis skyline up there.
Memphis Botanic Garden
Memphis Botanic Garden is a 96-acre property with 31 specialty gardens, such as the Japanese Garden and Daffodil Hill. With concert performances such as Live at the Garden, educational programs and other special events, a trip to the Memphis Botanic Garden is fun for the whole family.
Overton Park includes 342 acres of green space for Memphians to enjoy. Home to the iconic Levitt Shell, the Brooks Museum of Art, the Memphis Zoo and a golf course, a day spent at Overton is always full of fun.