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, if you can't find us: (410) 458-6774.

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  • Paul W.

    Can't make it still have bruising on my foot from last weeks hike and I have to watch them because of my diabetes.Not a great start but I knew it would take time thanks again everyone

    2 · December 12

    • Gavin A.

      Paul, we look forward to seeing you again on another hike. Take it easy. The next scheduled "hike" is an easy one, walking around the zoo and seeing the "Zoo Lights" holiday displays on the 23rd.

      December 15

    • Mary A M.

      Sounds like fun - not sure if I want to get caught in the traffic, but it is a little far to walk over even though I don't live that far away - up University just past Rhodes, but walking to and from AND around????

      December 15

  • Mary A M.

    I hope your foot get better Paul! My son and I had planned on going, but I woke up feeling very ill - spent the day at home - hope to see you again on the trail :)

    1 · December 15

    • Gavin A.

      Sorry to hear it Mary. Hope you are feeling better.

      December 15

    • Mary A M.

      better, but still not up to standard - I think the stress got to me - major headache for like 3 days - at least that is now gone

      December 15

  • Gavin A.

    I will be out of town during this meetup, so Joanne Watson has agreed to lead the hike this time. Her phone number is the listed on this meetup, in case you get lost and can't find the place, or need to change your RSVP at the last minute.

    December 8

    • Gavin A.

      Thanks Joanne!

      December 8

    • Gavin A.

      Don't be alarmed by the fact that her introduction still says "new to hiking" — she's actually been hiking with us on this trail for over a year now, I believe.

      December 8

  • Shannon C.

    Moving to Memphis mid December. Hope to join you after Christmas!

    1 · December 7

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