Lucius Burch Natural Area

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.

Map of Lucius Burch Trails (PDF)

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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  • Gavin A.

    Denia, thanks for posting the beautiful photos.

    1 · March 9, 2014

  • Gavin A.

    Great hike with a great group of people! And the weather was beautiful!

    2 · March 8, 2014

  • Justyna Kurowska K.

    Such a fun walk. And the weather was simply beautiful!

    2 · March 8, 2014

  • Darwin C.

    A thoroughly enjoyable day with good people.

    2 · March 8, 2014

  • Matt

    Hope to make it. Might only go half way.

    1 · March 7, 2014

    • Gavin A.

      Matt, glad you made it all the way!

      March 8, 2014

    • Matt

      Me too! Had enough time after all ! Great day for a hike.

      1 · March 8, 2014

  • Gavin A.

    Everyone has made it safely back to the parking area.

    1 · March 8, 2014

  • Sheila D.

    There was a fast group today? Ha Ha!

    3 · March 8, 2014

    • Gavin A.

      Relatively speaking. :-)

      1 · March 8, 2014

  • Gavin A.

    The fast group has made it back to the parking lot.

    2 · March 8, 2014

  • Gavin A.

    If you arrive late, you should be able to catch up. Just flow the yellow trail.

    March 8, 2014

  • Gavin A.

    Wet week, so I think we'll stick to the yellow trail today.

    March 8, 2014

  • David

    Have fun, may see you guys out there!

    1 · March 2, 2014

    • Gavin A.

      That would be great. Looks like nicer weather by Saturday :-)

      March 4, 2014

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