Lucius Burch Natural Area (Mid-South Raptor Center)

We have a special treat this time. We will start at the Mid-South Raptor Center, where the director or the center will show us some of the raptors they have there, and talk to us about their program.

http://www.midsouthraptorcenter.com

The address is 7291 Smythe Farm Road, sometimes called simply Smythe Road. Please note that this is NOT the Farm Road on the North side of Walnut Grove at the light. The Center is on the Agricenter International property on the South side of Walnut Grove. It can be a bit difficult to find, but they are on the same road as the Catch Em Lake and Arrowhead Nursery. Hopefully everybody can find it. If not, give me a call.

If you know anyone who is interested in hawks, eagles, owls, and such, please invite them to come along! 

NOTE: during the winter we start this hike at 10:00 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.

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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  • Art Y.

    Fabulousness near the center of the city.

    3 · January 12, 2014

  • Erin

    Thanks agin for those that helped with my stuck van. Hope to see everyone again next time.

    1 · January 11, 2014

  • Darwin C.

    A thoroughly excellent day!

    1 · January 11, 2014

  • Gavin A.

    What a great pleasure to see the beautiful birds being nursed back to health at the raptor center. I enjoyed the information that was shared with us, and the great group that showed up for this event.

    January 11, 2014

  • patricia m f.

    Very good!

    1 · January 11, 2014

  • Alisa M. F.

    Great time! It lived up to the Memphis Outdoor Adventure name. I was thoroughly impressed with the Raptor Center. A big thanks to everyone that helped me get my car out of the mud. Here I come car wash!

    January 11, 2014

    • Art Y.

      Enjoyed meeting you and was impressed by your solo trek across the bottom lands to reach your car. I thought a beautiful morning.

      2 · January 11, 2014

  • Adele H.

    This is a beautiful area, and I enjoy hiking there.

    1 · January 11, 2014

  • Lisa

    Great morning, informative and fun with fantastic weather. And yes, thanks Howard for your expertise during our hike through the wetlands. I'm still finding burrs in my socks.

    2 · January 11, 2014

  • howard

    A cool breezy overcast morning turned into a sun fulled wonderful day to be out with friends exploring nature. It's always to visit the Raptor Center and some of us ventured off for a nice hike and towards the end decided to have an adventure and make a memory.

    3 · January 11, 2014

  • Art Y.

    A great morning. The raptor center was fascinating, the birds incredible and I think we all thoroughly enjoyed the tour. The hike was shorter than planned due to last nights weather, though great fun under blue skys and 50 degree temps. Howard was especially considerate and all of us finished the hike with pants completely dry above the knees.

    3 · January 11, 2014

  • Joanna

    Thanks so much for everyone's help to get our cars out of the mud!! It's a fun part too!! :p

    1 · January 11, 2014

  • Gavin A.

    Made it back to the Raptor Center, after a short, impromptu hike. Initially, we weren't going to do the hike, because of how wet and muddy it is, but Howard knew a route that was high, if not completely dry. :-)

    2 · January 11, 2014

  • Lisa

    Is there a chance this will be cancelled if it's too wet? This will be out first time and not sure how it all works.

    January 10, 2014

    • Gavin A.

      With as wet as it's looking, we'll probably just do the raptor center, and not the hike. We'll make a group decision about the hiking part when we have feet on the ground tomorrow.

      January 11, 2014

    • Lisa

      Thank you.

      1 · January 11, 2014

  • Heather N.

    Sorry all had a family emergency so we won't be able to join. Have a great time and we will see you at the next one.

    January 10, 2014

    • Gavin A.

      We'll miss you. Take care. See you next time.

      1 · January 11, 2014

  • Shannon

    Should be fun!!

    1 · January 10, 2014

  • Sherry W.

    We have a friend from out of town joining us, and I'm not sure what our schedule will be. We may join you for the raptor center visit then not stay for the hike. Will that be okay? Are you shortening the usual hike any, since you're visiting the raptor center first, or do you still plan on 7 miles? Looking forward to the day!

    2 · January 10, 2014

    • Gavin A.

      That's fine. We may shorten the hike. And depending on how long the raptor part goes, we may not have an actual hike this time, just the raptor center visit. Kind of playing it by ear on this one.

      1 · January 10, 2014

    • Sherry W.

      Great! We'll do the same! Looking forward to it!

      1 · January 10, 2014

  • Adele H.

    Gavin, where do we park our cars for this hike?

    January 10, 2014

    • Gavin A.

      I think we will probably just park along the road. They may give us more direction, when we get there, but that's the plan for now.

      1 · January 10, 2014

  • Art Y.

    I have ridden bikes by the raptor center for years and am very excited about getting to learn more, plus.... The Hike.

    1 · January 8, 2014

  • Adele H.

    I am glad to report that Darwin and I can make this hike after all!

    2 · January 10, 2014

  • Connie B.

    Haven't been on hike In over a year
    Had trouble with leg gonna try to make this one

    2 · January 10, 2014

    • Gavin A.

      Connie, that's great! Even if you can just make it for the raptor talk, which won't require any hiking, per se, that would be great!

      January 10, 2014

  • Gavin A.

    Okay, I drove out to the Center last night after karate, and I have edited the address for you to plug into your GPS, based on the readings on my car's GPS.

    You can plug in address:
    7561 Smythe Farm Rd, Memphis, TN 38120 OR

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    January 8, 2014

    • Alisa M. F.

      Thank you!

      1 · January 8, 2014

    • Gavin A.

      You're very welcome.

      January 8, 2014

  • Gavin A.

    How to get there: In addition to my reply to Jason Lewis below, take a look at this GPS track from last month. http://photos3.meetupstatic.com/photos/event/6/2/8/6/highres_315325222.jpeg

    Rav and I hiked up to the Mid-South Raptor Center last month, while trying to avoid water on the Blue Trail. Looking at this satellite image, the Raptor Center is at the very top-left most point of our track.

    So, you are going to get off Walnut Grove on Moore Rd., and head past Ketch'em Lake, if I remember correctly, and then get off on Smythe Farm Rd. I will try to get an address that you can plug into your GPS this week, sometime before the hike, and I will post it here.

    January 7, 2014

    • Gavin A.

      In comparing these two maps, according to our GPS track, we did not go as far as Smythe Farm Road, so again, please wait and I will get better confirmation on this.

      January 7, 2014

  • Jason L.

    just o be clear, where we meet is like going toward the argicenter?

    January 7, 2014

    • Gavin A.

      Jason, if you click on the location thingy at the top of this page (on the website version — I can't vouch for mobile), it will bring up Google Maps, and show the exact location, along with options to get directions. I think that's far better than I could explain the directions. It is sort of like going toward the Agricenter, but best to take a look at that map, because you will actually turn off well before the Ag Center.

      January 7, 2014

  • Carol S.

    Yeah hope to do this…so yes at this moment

    1 · January 2, 2014

  • Gavin A.

    I've gotten the information on the address from the director of the center and updated that on the information for this hike.

    December 30, 2013

  • Gavin A.

    Adjusted the start time to 10 am. We start the hike a little later in the day during the winter.

    December 30, 2013

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