Bartlett Park / Stanky Creek Mountain Bike Trail

Memphis-Arlington & Yale Road
Bartlett, TN 38135 (Bartlett Annexation Reserve)

Directions

From I-40, take the Sycamore View exit (Exit 12) and go north on Sycamore View. Proceed on Sycamore View (becomes Bartlett Boulevard) and go three miles to Yale Road. Turn left (west) on Yale Road and proceed to the first flashing red light. The parking lot is 100 yards ahead on the right.

MTB/Running

Description:

Mostly single track, rolling hills. Comprised of 3 separate loops that can be ridden together to make an 8-mile trail. This trail has the best variety of all trails in the Memphis area. There is tight single track, rolling hills, fast open trail sections, jumps, log crossings, creek crossings, and bridges of all shapes and size. Beginners will get plenty out of the main loop and novice/expert riders can crank it up on the front sections. Most of the trail is suitable for year round use and does well even after heavy rain. The only complaint is that there are no signs or markers at the major intersections. Work is in progress to install signs at these locations.
Note: This trail is open to the public. If you ride here please consider other users and those who constructed the trail. Don't shortcut the trail or wide ride around mud, it only hurts the trail and increases trail maintenance. No motorized traffic is allowed on the trail.

History:

This trail system and property is under the care of the Shelby County Conservation Board. It was nicknamed the "Stank" because of a foul odor that emanates from a large creek that flows through the park. In 1997 the SCCB allowed MRC to build bike/running trails on this property. Originally the trail was a 4-mile loop, which is still considered the "main" loop at the Stank. The smaller center and front loops were added over the next year. Construction is under way now to add small additions to the trail. MRC and other local mountain bike groups perform maintenance and trail building chores at the Stank.