Lucius Burch Natural Area

NOTE: with the time change and the coming of cold weather, we are also moving this hike back to 10:00 a.m.

The entrance to the park is at the intersection of Walnut Bend and Germantown road across from a Shell 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.

Directions:

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.

Finding the Group:

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  • Jason F.

    I think I'm going to miss the hike. Dan and I are going to bike the Greenline tomorrow around 1 if anyone is interested. I'll update tomorrow if anyone bites.

    1 · November 8, 2013

    • Jason F.

      Haha, I see I have fooled Gavin!!! We went 15 miles in an hour an 45 minutes. I haven't ridden since May, so my buttocks are sore. Ouch. Dan cheats and uses his $1000 bike, and he rides up to 100 miles sometimes, so he slept most of the ride. It was good exercise and the weather was great. I may talk him into riding again next Sunday, and see if he will post it.

      1 · November 9, 2013

    • Gavin A.

      Ha ha … slept most of the ride ;-)

      November 10, 2013

  • Janetta

    I'm out of town . I think I will hike stone mountain in GA

    1 · November 8, 2013

    • Gavin A.

      Enjoy! It's not a bad hike and there's a beautiful view.

      November 9, 2013

  • Gavin A.

    Nice and dry today, even on the Blue trail, very little mud or water. Surprising, considering the rain we had this week.

    November 9, 2013

  • Cora

    Sorry can't make it.

    November 9, 2013

    • Gavin A.

      Bummer. We'll miss you.

      November 9, 2013

  • Gavin A.

    We are hitting the Yellow trail in about 5 minutes. If you arrive late, you should be able to catch up.

    November 9, 2013

  • Darwin C.

    Adele and I won't be able to make this hike. She and I will be attending a health benefits fair at Millington Naval Base. I hate missing the hike :-(

    November 8, 2013

    • Gavin A.

      Bummer! We will miss having you guys on the hike. But have fun at your health care event.

      1 · November 8, 2013

  • Gavin A.

    Guys, with the time change and the coming of cold weather, we are moving this hike back to the normal 10:00 a.m. timeframe. Hope that doesn't mess anyone up.

    November 3, 2013

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