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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.

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:

Call me when you get there, [masked].

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  • Gavin A.

    Someone was asking on the hike how long it takes to hike the AT, so I share this little bit from a the Arkansas Outdoor Adventure meetup group, of which I am also a member:

    In 2011, two-time Appalachian Trail thru-hiker Jennifer Pharr Davis wanted to test her limits. With the support of her husband Brew and a dedicated group of volunteers dubbed the "Pit Crew," Jen hiked, stumbled, and sometimes crawled the 2,181 mile A.T. in 46 days (an average of 47 miles per day), becoming the fastest person to hike the trail and the first woman to ever set the mark. And for that, she's been featured in the New York Times, the Washington Post, NPR's Talk of the Nation, Guideposts magazine, and the CBS Morning Show.

    There will be a presentation in LR for those who can make it on Tuesday, where she will be sharing her story: http://www.meetup.com/ArkansasOutdoorAdventures/events/182596002/?a=ea1_grp&rv=ea1

    May 12, 2014

  • Ken

    It was good to be back on the trails with the group again. Nice to meet you folks. Thanks for your leadership and the photos you posted Gavin.

    1 · May 11, 2014

    • Gavin A.

      Thanks, Ken. And remind me again of your guest's name. It was good to have him with us, too.

      May 11, 2014

  • Gavin A.

    Great hike with a great group of people. I prayed that the rain would hold off, and it did. Beautiful hiking weather!

    1 · May 10, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I had a good time. Thanks, Gavin, for hosting this meetup.

    1 · May 10, 2014

  • Gavin A.

    Everyone made it safely back to the parking lot.

    May 10, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Also I can't seem to find your number here anywhere. Mine is[masked]

    May 10, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey Gavin, 430 Germantown parkway lead me to Lowe's...is the actual location nearby?

    May 10, 2014

  • Gavin A.

    In about 5 minutes we will head out on the yellow trail. If you arrive late, you should be able to catch up with us.

    May 10, 2014

  • Gavin A.

    Guys, they are predicting a deluge of rain tonight. So far I don't really see anything to speak of on the radar. There are Tstorms predicted tonight and Friday, but only tonight is showing any real amount of rain. And the Saturday of the hike is showing warm and dry.

    That being said, we likely WON'T cancel, but I'll give you a heads up, if that changes. We WILL likely stick to the Yellow trail (higher up, and usually dryer than the Blue trail).

    May 8, 2014

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