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Lucius Burch Natural Area

NOTE: during the summer we start this hike at 9:30 a.m.

The entrance to the park is at the intersection of Walnut Bend and Germantown road across from a gas station (just south of Walnut Grove). There is a HUGE sign that says Gate 19, Shelby Farms. If you are at Lowes, head north. If you are at Wal-Mart or Trinity. head south.

What to Bring:

Bring snacks, water, sunscreen, and a hat. Wear either sneakers or hiking boots and dress in layers. It is also good to bring a backpack if you wish to remove layers. Bring bug spray. This is an easy hike on well marked trails, perfect for those new to hiking. We hike between 2-4 hours. If you go the whole way out and back, it is just over 7 miles. We usually break into at least two groups (those going all the way and those going part), so don't feel like you have to do the whole 7 miles.

The Park:

Lucius Burch Natural Area is a 728-acre natural area located in Germantown and Shelby County and is a part of a larger 6,000-acre county park. The natural area is a remnant of historic river meanders, bald cypress-water tupelo swamps, bottomland hardwood forests, and open river channel habitat. Unfortunately, much of this ecosystem has been significantly altered as a result of change in hydrology and the invasion of common privet, an invasive exotic pest plant. Lucius Burch Natural Area offers passive recreation activities such as day hiking, bird watching, and wildlife viewing within the metropolitan Memphis area.


The parking lot we meet at is just south of Germantown and Walnut Grove. Drive all the way into the back parking lot. Google Map of our regular meetup locations.

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  • Kent M.

    Great hike but I had to cut it short. Look forward to hiking with the Darwin , Gavin and any other Kilt hikers.

    1 · September 17, 2013

  • Linda B.

    I had great hike and enjoyed the trails.

    3 · September 14, 2013

    • Matt

      Great hike.

      2 · September 14, 2013

    • Gavin A.

      Thanks again, Matt, for leading the second group!

      September 15, 2013

  • Darwin C.

    Really excellent hike with good people!

    1 · September 14, 2013

  • Gavin A.

    The slow group has made it safely back to the parking lot.

    3 · September 14, 2013

  • Gavin A.

    We are headed out on the Yellow trail. If you show up late, feel free to catch up.

    September 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, I can't make it. I will be joining some friends to attend the classic football game.

    September 13, 2013

    • Gavin A.

      Enjoy the game. Hope to see you on a future hike.

      September 13, 2013

  • Gavin A.

    Matt Keith has graciously accepted offered to lead the group that will be going all the way to the Walnut Grove entrance and back this weekend. He has done this trail about a dozen times now, so you will be in good hands.

    I will be leading the slower group, and those who may not feel up to going all the way to Walnut Grove. Look forward to seeing everyone Saturday for a good hike!

    Just a reminder: In the summer heat, we start this hike a little bit earlier (9:30 am) to take advantage of the cooler morning weather. We will wait about 5-10 min. at the trailhead for any stragglers, and then head on out. If you arrive late, feel free to catch up with us on the Yellow trail.

    2 · September 11, 2013

    • Darwin C.

      Looking forward to doing kilted hiking with you tomorrow Gavin.

      1 · September 13, 2013

    • Gavin A.


      1 · September 13, 2013

  • Linda B.

    Can I bring my granddaugher? She is 5 years old. I will not walk whole distant because I'm not in shape.

    September 11, 2013

    • Gavin A.

      Linda, you are more than welcome to do so. We have had a 7-year-old on this hike before. We welcome all. We are honored to have a disabled veteran coming along on this hike, as well, so we will likely split into two groups, with one group going at a slower pace, and going as far as they are able, and the other group going all the way to the Walnut Grove entrance and back, at a faster clip.

      September 11, 2013

  • Gavin A.

    Adele, sorry, but we don't allow dogs on any of our group hikes, for liability reasons.

    September 8, 2013

  • Adele H.

    Are dogs allowed on this hike? (Mine just went on a seven mile hike with us yesterday.)

    1 · September 8, 2013

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