Places to Run

Audubon Park

Run the perimeter of the park for a good 5k workout. Many races are run around the perimeter of the park. Begin at the intersection of Park Avenue and Goodlett. Run North on Goodlett, turn right on Southern (you'll run past Leftwich and Oak Court Mall), right again on Perkins and then right again on Park. You can park at the parking lot on the West side of the park. You can also park at the driving range (on Perkins across from Theater Memphis) and run the perimeter of the park.

Bobby K. Flaherty Municipal Center

Near the new Appling baseball field next to the Bartlett Rec Center and Police Station. The Gazelles power walkers meet at this park to walk. It has lights for nighttime running or walking. The BRC will allow you to use their restrooms when they are open. The short loop is 1.25 miles and the long loop - across the street and back is 1.55 miles.

Arkabutla LakeJust south of Memphis

off I-55 and Scenic Loop 304.
Coldwater, MS

3-mile and 5-mile loops of wide single track on a well-marked course. Not too technical, not many hills. Just a couple of gentle rises and a couple of short, steep bumps in the road. This trail never gets overgrown and bugs are not overly annoying.

Free, open daily from dawn to dusk

Trail head: Across the little wooden bridge at the far end of the picnic area.

Directions:

From Memphis: Head south on I-55.
Go to the second Hernando exit (not the North Hernando-Nesbit exit), turn right.
Pass the courthouse and continue west on 304.
Go ~10 miles until you reach the big intersection at Eudora (strip mall/gas station on the left),turn left.
Follow this road until it dead ends, turn left.
Park entrance is about 1/2 mile down this road.
Continue on until this road ends, turn right.
Follow road around toward the spillway.
Just before you get to the spillway, turn right.
Park in the picnic area at the end of this road.

Herb Parsons State Park


Fisherville Rd
North of Raleigh-LaGrange, south of Macon Road
Collierville, TN

Approximately 7.5 miles of single track. Technical trail with lots of ups and downs.

Free, open daily from dawn to dusk

Trail head: To run clockwise, enter behind the archery range on the north side of the park. Easy-to-follow trail includes one short stretch down a blacktop road then reentry into the woods about 50 yards down.

Directions:

From Memphis: Take Walnut Grove Road east until it dead ends. Turn right onto Houston Levee Road. Turn left onto Pisgah. Take slight left onto Macon Road/TN 193. Turn right (south) onto Fisherville Lake Road and proceed 1 mile to Herb Parsons State Park. Herb Parsons State Park is east of Fisherville, TN (intersection of Macon Road & Collierville-Arlington Road).

Lakeland Trails at I.H. Managerial ParkCanada Road


Lakeland, TN

Approximately 3.5 miles of single-track divided into three trails (yellow/red/blue). Good hill practice and lots of technical twists and turns.

Free, open daily from dawn to dusk

Directions:

From Memphis: I-40 to exit 20, Canada Road. Turn left away from the outlet mall and proceed approximately 2 miles. Park entrance is on the left across from the First Baptist Church-Lakeland.

Overton Park


Poplar Ave in Midtown
Memphis, TN

Single-track and crushed asphalt trails in an old growth forrest smack dab in the middle of Memphis. It is highly recommended that you run in pairs.

Free, open daily from dawn to 9 pm.

Trail head: Many ways to get on trails. Just look for the paths off the asphalt roads that circle the park's interior.

Directions:

From I-40: Take I-40 West to Sam Cooper Blvd. Travel until Sam Cooper Boulevard dead ends at East Parkway and turn left. Turn right onto Poplar Avenue. Park entrance is on the right.

SHELBY FARMS


Walnut Grove Road
Memphis, TN

Multiple trail choices of varying length and difficulty.

Free, open daily dawn to dusk.

Tour de Wolf Trail

Approximately 6.8 miles of single-track and fireroad dirt path (loop). Rolling terrain.

Trail head: From the Visitor's Center, follow the ranger's road to the top of the hill. Enter trail on the right.

Wolf River Trails

Free, open daily from dawn to dusk.

Directions:

From Memphis: Go east on Walnut Grove. Parking is available at Patriot Lake, the Shelby Farms Visitor's Center, the BMX/Soccer fields, under the Walnut Grove bridge, and the gravel parking lot on Germantown Road. Be advised:Cars are broken into regularly at the above locations. Don't leave anything of value in your car.

Yellow Trail

Approximately 4 miles of single-track alongside the Wolf River. Relatively flat terrain.

Trail head: Under the Walnut Grove Road Bridge. Go through gate heading east and take trail to the right. Trail ends at Germantown Parkway.

Trail head: From parking lot at Germantown Parkway. Go through gate heading west, follow path through field, into woods, across bridge to top of "hill." Turn left.

Blue Trail

Approximately 4 miles of single-track that parallels the Yellow Trail above.

The Blue Trail is low-land, heavily wooded and can be impassable during the rainy season.

Trail head: Under the Walnut Grove Road Bridge. Go through gate heading east and take trail to the far left. Trail ends at Germantown Parkway.

Trail head: From parking lot at Germantown Parkway. Go through gate heading west, follow path through field, into woods, across bridge to top of "hill." Don't turn, just keep going.

White Trail (to Grey's Creek)

Approximately 4 miles of single-track. Trail can be hard to follow in places and is almost non-existent for the last half mile or so.

Trail head: From the gravel parking lot at Germantown Parkway, follow the gravel toward the Wolf River, follow the path to the left, cross the creek, go under the bridge. Trail is on the right. Trail ends at Grey's Creek (Houston Levee).

North Trail

Approximately 4 miles of single-track that meanders alongside the Wolf River. Also includes a 3-mile "blue" loop that circles back to the start.

Trail head: Along the gravel access road (Silo Road) near the Walnut Grove Bridge. From under the bridge, walk up about 25 yards on the access road toward Shelby Farms, enter trail on the left. Or, walk up about 50 yards and enter there, also to the left (north). Trail ends at Summer Avenue.

Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park


Millington, TN

Approximately 20 miles of single-track and gravel roads. Excellent hill practice. Some areas are off limits during hunting season. Single-track gets overgrown and buggy in the summer months.

Fee: Free, open daily from dawn to dusk.

Directions:

Visitor Center Entrance: From Interstate 40, take exit 3, Watkins. Go north on Watkins for approximately 14 miles until the road dead-ends at Locke Cuba Road. Turn left and travel one mile to a four-way stop. (Shelby Forest General Store is on northwest corner.) Turn right onto Bluff Road. Park entrance is approximately one mile down, on the left.

South Entrance: From Interstate 40, take exit 3, Watkins. Go north on Watkins, crossing Frayser Boulevard and Highway 51. Turn left on Sylvan Road, then right on Benjestown Road. Park entrance is on the left directly across from U.A. Moore Shelby County Park.

Stanky Creek


Memphis-Arlington & Yale Road
Bartlett, TN

Approximately 10 miles of tight, technical, single-track. Roller coaster hills. Three separate loops allow runs of various lengths, but intersections are not well marked.

Free, open daily dawn to dusk.

Trail head: Across from driveway in parking lot.

Directions:

From I-40, take exit 12, Sycamore View. Go north on Sycamore View which will change names to Bartlett Boulevard. Go approximately 3 miles to Yale Road, turn left (west). Proceed to the first flashing red light. Parking lot is 100 yards ahead on the right.

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