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Let’s Go for a Bike Ride in Memphis!

by Melissa Thompson

There was once a time when Memphis was not a great place to ride a bike.  But that has been changing.  Over the past several years more and more bike lanes have appeared in this great city make it one of the best bike cities in America!  Now, it’s common to see cyclists commuting or riding for pleasure, especially in midtown and downtown Memphis.  If you enjoy bike riding and want to be part of the vibrant Memphis bike culture, check out these top six places to ride your bike in Memphis:

  1. Shelby Farms Park - The Shelby Farms Greenline is a 10.65 mile paved, urban trail that connects pedestrians and cyclists in Midtown Memphis.  This “rails-to-trails” project transformed an unused railroad line into one of Tennessee’s best trails.  You don’t even have to own a bike to enjoy a ride here because they offer bike rentals right on site. This trail is so bike friendly that they even proved four bike repair stations just in case you have any problems along the way!
  2. Wolf River Conservancy -  Enjoy a pleasant after-work bike ride in this natural area which preserves some of the mid-south’s most beautiful habitat.  Relish the stunning views as you ride along the spring-fed Wolf River
  3. Overton Park Conservancy - This 342-acre public park includes what is referred to as “a love letter to the Memphis cycling community” - the Bike Gate arch and plaza which provide a valuable connection that links a network of trails and bike lanes stretching from Downtown Shelby Farms Park.  With benches, fountains, and directional signage, the plaza is a great place to stop on the citywide trail system.  In addition, the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation funded the construction of a new bike path that connects the plaza to the Old Forest trail system, which means cyclists can connect to park trails with having to jump curbs or ride through grass.
  4. Stanky Creek Trail - A 9-mile loop trail located in Nesbit Park, you will savor views of lovely wild flowers as you ride.  The trail also offers a lot of other activity options such as hiking and trail running and it is dog-friendly too!
  5. Big River Crossing - Nearly a mile long, Big River Crossing is the country’s longest active rail/bicycle/pedestrian bridge.  A 10-mile, multi-modal corridor, it connects Main Street to Main Street and features the Big River Trail System.  This ties together attractions throughout Memphis, West Memphis, and delta region.
  6. The Mississippi River Trail - Great for longer rides, this trail will take you on a 32-mile segment that passes through Shelby County, including the Meeman-Shelby Forest and Downtown Memphis. You can get bike trail maps and bicycling guide here.

With plenty of bike shops and bike rentals, Memphis truly is one of the most cyclist friendly cities in America.  So, get outside and enjoy all that this amazing city has to offer while getting exercise too!

If you are in the market to buy or sell a home in the Memphis area, contact professional Realtor, Melissa Thompson and let her help you with all your real estate needs. Give her a call at 901-729-9526 today!

Photo Credit: memphistravel.com

101 Things To Do In Memphis #87: Shelby Farms Greenline

by Melissa Thompson

Shelby Farms Greenline is a 10.65 mile paved, urban trail that connects pedestrians and cyclists in Midtown Memphis through Shelby Farms Park to Cordova.  The Greenline is a rails-to-trails project that transformed an unused railroad line into one of Tennessee's favorite trails.

The Greenline runs from Tillman Street at Walnut Grove Road in Midtown to B Street at Macon Road in Cordova.  There are access points at Tillman Street, HIghland Street, High Point Terrace, Graham Street, Waring Road, Podesta Street, Sycamore View, Farm Road at Mullins Station Road, Whitten Road, Appling Road, Raleigh LaGrange Road, Germantown Parkway, Cully Road, A Street, and B Street / Macon Road at the Cordova Depot.

If you want to hit the trail on a bicycle, bring your own or visit our Greenline Bike Rentals.

Shelby Farms Greenline doesn't run on tax dollars -- it runs on support from the community! Thanks to help from corporate supporters like Campbell Clinic Orthopaedics which sponsors mile markers along the trail, and individual contributions from Park Members and donors, the trail is thriving, but we could still use your help! To help ensure that the trail you love has a bright future, become a Park Member today or register to run the Greenline Half Marathon + 5K

By and photo credit: http://www.shelbyfarmspark.org/shelby-farms-greenline

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101 Things To Do In Memphis #56: Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park

by Melissa Hayes Thompson

Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park is a 13,476-acre hardwood bottomland area bordering the mighty Mississippi River 13 miles north of Memphis featuring two lakes, Poplar Tree Lake and Lake Piersol, and mature Bald Cypress and Tupelo swamp. Most of the facilities are on top of the majestic Chickasaw Bluffs that rise from the bottomlands and are covered with large oaks, American beech, hickory and sweet gum. There are 10 state Champion Trees and two National Champion Trees as well as endangered and protected plants. Deer, turkey, otter, beaver, foxes and bobcats are plentiful throughout the forest. Over 200 species of songbirds, waterfowl, shorebirds and birds of prey, including the American Bald Eagle.

The park offers activities focused on the nature and beauty of the park including biking trails, boating, cabins, camping, a disc golf course, fishing, hiking trails, horse-back riding, picnic facilities and swimming. There is certainly something for everyone!

The Meeman Museum and Nature Center is located on the park's grounds. Exhibits include live snakes, turtles, salamanders, fish aquariums, stuffed animal exhibit, indoor live butterfly garden (open seasonally), bone table, insect table and a Native American exhibit.

The park also hosts a variety of fun activities! You won’t want to miss the upcoming Easter Egg Hunt on April 4th. Click here for more info.

Visit the website for additional info or call 901.876.5215

 

By and Photo Credit: tnstateparks.com

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