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

    It was great hiking with all of you. I look forward to seeing you on future hikes.

    1 · May 25, 2014

  • Anita

    1st meet with group- 1st official hike...small eclectic very supportive group. Thank you Chris, Becky, Sumeet and Rav!

    3 · May 25, 2014

  • Sumeet B.

    Hi, this is going to be my 1st hike ! I was wondering if we need to arrange our transportation or do we meet at Kroger and then we car pool? I dont have a car yet and was wondering how it works ! Thanks! :)

    May 24, 2014

  • Chris

    Hey everyone I will be at the kroger in the morning regular time. Any questions I can be reached at[masked]

    1 · May 24, 2014

  • Anita

    Is there someone I need to call and confirm with in the am since Dana is working? This is my 1st hike with the group. I live in Atoka so I plan to meet at the Visitors Center in Shelby Forrest. My # is[masked] if anyone going has an idea of what time the group will be there. I estimate 9:15?

    May 24, 2014

    • Chris

      My number is 901_493_3195. Their is no cell coverage in the park though.

      May 24, 2014

  • Chris

    I am still willing to go. Just how lost could we get???

    1 · May 23, 2014

    • Anita

      Pretty lost if we are not led by the expert trail walkers/hikers... I have GPS but am new to this trail hiking...still want to go if others will be there. Great conversion, great effort and willingness to explore the beauty of the forrest with some excersice to boot

      May 23, 2014

    • Chris

      Well come on then. I've been on this trail a few times with Dana I'm sure we can find our way back. Gotta live on the edge a little.

      May 23, 2014

  • Dana M

    I can't go. I have to work. I'm sorry:(
    You all can still go or I can reschedule. Please post your thoughts.

    May 23, 2014

  • Anita

    I am tentatively planning to attend- will confirm by Sat and will meet in Shelby Forrest as I live closer to there and may bring +1 (aka sister of work.,

    May 19, 2014

  • Kathy

    I wish I could make the hike but I have a wedding to attend.

    May 19, 2014

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