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.
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.
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.
Finding the Group:
Call me when you get there, [masked].