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Hike Shelby Forest!!!


Most of your questions will be answered here. 

If Dana is leading the hike, we will meet at the Kroger's on Poplar and Highland in East Memphis at 8:30 AM Sunday morning and then carpool/caravan to Millington.  She will be parked in the section closer to McAlister's. She drives a red Pontiac Solstice. Call her if you are running late,[masked]-8080. 

Please call Dana between 8:30-8:45 if you wish to meet her at the Visitor's center at the Park. There is no cell cell signal near the park. You must call or text her that day. (Dana requires confirmation that day because a lot of time members do a no show.) She will not know until 8:45 what time we will be arriving in the park until that morning. If you are meeting us at the park and you get lost, call the visitor's center. THERE IS LIMITED/NO CELL SERVICE IN THE PARK! 

Trails are generally of moderate difficulty with some uphill and downhill slopes, nothing crazy, but expect them to be somewhat strenuous. There are a few exposed tree roots and rocks on the trail and so open-toed shoes are not recommended. Jeans are not recommended.

Once we arrive at the state park, we will choose one of many trail options. If Dana is leading the hike, we will be doing the three mile loop if all of the members are up to it. The three mile loop usually takes a couple of hours. We usually are done by 11-11:30. We usually stop and eat at the general store afterwards. 


Bordering on the mighty Mississippi River, two-thirds of this 13,467-acre park are bottomland hardwood forests of large oak, Cypress and Tupelo. The park also contains two lakes and many miles of hiking trails. The park maintains a boat ramp on the Mississippi River. Deer, turkey, beaver and some 200 species of birds are abundant. The park campground provides 49 campsites equipped with table, grill, electrical and water hookups. A modern bathhouse provides hot showers. There is a dump station for self-contained trailer rigs. Sites are available on a first-come, first served basis, however reservations may be made well in advance through the visitor center. Reservations may be made for campsites and are recommended during major holidays call to reserve:[masked]-5215.


Plenty of water, bug spray, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, good shoes, spare socks and/or clothes (if you sweat like me), day-pack/backpack, camera/camcorder, hiking stick (optional), binoculars, light snacks/trail mix, and a positive attitude.


Attending events by Memphis Hiking Meetup is at you own risk. While organizers do everything they can to try to set up a safe event, accidents do happen and organizers cannot be held responsible otherwise no one would want to run any events. In the end, you are 100% responsible to your own safety and health. It is assumed that you are healthy and in good enough physical shape to be able to participate in an event. If you should question your health and your physical well being before any event, please do not attend. Organizers have the right to deny participation if anyone looks ill-prepared or unsure if they can keep up with the level of activity. In order to be prepared for hosted hiking activities, you should bring at minimum plenty of water, food, sun screen and common sense on every event. We require good- fitting shoes to be worn at all times while on the trails. If you have any questions about the level of skill required or about any event posted, please feel free to ask the organizer!

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  • Chris

    Well thank you to the people who showed up. Sorry the park Ranger suggested we do not go on the trails. She was really nice about it but made it clear she would not go.

    April 27, 2014

  • Chris

    We are here and at Park and at the moment it's not raining. We will wait a few mins extra incase anyone else is coming.

    April 27, 2014

  • Victoria Lynn G.

    I still plan to come. My friend Megan may be there. I'll have to tell her we're meeting at the park.

    April 27, 2014

    • Victoria Lynn G.

      On second thought, due to the possibility of rain we're going to try next month.

      April 27, 2014

    • Chris

      Ok we are here its not raining at the moment.

      April 27, 2014

  • emmett w.

    I'm on my way

    April 27, 2014

  • Tamara J.

    Good morning! Was out of Memphis until late yesterday evening. Not able to attend. Will try to go next month in May

    April 27, 2014

  • Chris

    Sorry your sick Dana I hope you feel better soon. Kathy and myself are going to be at the visitor center by 9 am. If you are planning on coming please post the comment on here or you can call me at[masked] before 9. The cell phone coverage is not very good in the park.

    April 27, 2014

  • Dana M

    Sorry y'all. I've been sick all week. I was hoping I'd feel better by now but I don't. You can still go, if you want. Chris might be willing to lead.

    April 26, 2014

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