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.


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.

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  • Gavin A.

    Did you guys end up making it all the way to Walnut Grove? Did you take the Blue Trail back?

    April 12

    • Leigh Ann S.

      We went the entire hike. Came back same way we went in.

      1 · April 13

    • Gavin A.

      Wonderful! So glad you guys did! Hope you enjoyed the hike!

      April 13

  • Gavin A.

    Beautiful day for a hike! It was great seeing all the evidence of Spring breaking forth!

    April 12

  • Gavin A.

    Thanks Baishakh for leading the remainder of the hike. Much appreciated!

    April 12

  • Mac

    Very pleasant walk this morning.

    2 · April 12

  • Leigh Ann S.

    Great time today. Very nice meeting all of you.

    2 · April 12

  • Leigh Ann S.

    Really enjoyed the hike and meeting everyone. Looking forward to the next one.

    2 · April 12

  • Cee Duprese B.

    It was great meeting all of you

    3 · April 12

  • Baishakh M.

    It was nice meet everyone today. Thanks Everyone.

    2 · April 12

  • Gavin A.

    The group that needed to leave early are back at the parking lot. The rest of the group are hiking out the rest of the trail.

    April 12

  • Gavin A.

    We'll have to cut this one a little short, since I will need to leave early to judge an art contest.

    April 6

    • Gavin A.

      Perhaps one of our regulars on this trail will lead where I leave off.

      April 12

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