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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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  • A former member
    A former member

    Gavin, thanks for hosting! Glad to meet everybody and I enjoyed the hike!

    1 · October 13, 2013

    • Gavin A.

      Thanks, Beth. It was great to have you with us. :-)

      October 13, 2013

  • Gavin A.

    Nice photos Adele. Thanks for posting.

    October 13, 2013

  • Gavin A.

    Good meetup, despite the rain. Good hike with a great group of people!

    1 · October 12, 2013

  • Darwin C.

    Great fun and the rain made it an awesome day ;-)

    2 · October 12, 2013

  • Gavin A.

    The slower group made it back safe and sound, but every bit as wet as the faster group (due to the rain that overtook us on the trail).

    2 · October 12, 2013

  • Janetta

    Thanks for hosting this hike. It was great to get out in nature and learn a new trail. Awesome getting to know a new group of people, can't wait to join you guys on another hike.

    1 · October 12, 2013

  • Gavin A.

    Back at the parking lot.

    1 · October 12, 2013

  • Matt

    On my way

    1 · October 12, 2013

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