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Top Five Spots to Explore in Memphis

An excursion in the great outdoors isn’t only ideal when avoiding crowds. A little time with nature can also be good for the soul! Here are some outdoor activities in Memphis that are perfect for a solo journey.

Shelby Farms Park - Shelby Farms Park, one of the nation’s largest urban parks (it’s five times the size of New York City’s Central Park) is a recreational oasis in the heart of the Memphis metro area. A favorite recreation spot for locals, it offers everything from hiking, biking and horse trails to dog parks and children’s playgrounds.

Meeman-Shelby Forest - Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park is tucked away in the forest near Millington, about 25 minutes from Downtown Memphis, the park offers a retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life. Locally referred to as Shelby Forest, the park is home to numerous tree species and wildlife. Experienced paddlers with their own boats or outside rentals can canoe or kayak the Mississippi, launching from the north end of Shelby Forest and stopping at the sandbars when the water is low to take in some awesome views before landing in Downtown Memphis.

Big River Crossing - The Big River Crossing is a 5,000-foot trail path that spans the Mississippi River connecting Downtown Memphis and Arkansas gives you the most spectacular view of the city. Not only is it the longest public pedestrian bridge across the Mississippi River, but it's also the country's longest active rail/bicycle/pedestrian bridge.

Tom Lee Park + Mississippi Riverfront - Tom Lee Park is a 30-acre stretch perfect for picnics, jogging, walking, cycling or just grabbing a bench for the best view of a sunset over the Mississippi River. Take a stroll on the River Line which runs through Tom Lee Park and connects Harbor Town on Mud Island to Martyrs Park.

Kayak on Wolf River - The Wolf River, which meets the Mississippi in Memphis, includes a 90-mile stretch of wetlands and forest that runs from north Mississippi through Fayette and Shelby Counties and offers paddling opportunities for all skill levels. The Upper Wolf River includes the hauntingly beautiful Ghost River stretch, marked by hardwood forests, bald cypress-tupelo swamps and open marshes. Its pristine wilderness offers paddlers a reprieve from city life without having to travel far.

Images provided by Memphis Tourism

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