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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:

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  • Isaiah A.

    Nice winter hike. Can't wait for the next snow day. We must dothis hike again.

    1 · February 11, 2014

    • Gavin A.

      I'm hoping we have snow for the hike this Saturday. Did you sign up for it?

      February 12, 2014

  • Jean T.

    Nice, natural trail. Would like to take the same hike in different seasons.

    1 · February 9, 2014

  • Gavin A.

    For those who would like, here is a PDF of the Trail Maps for Lucius Burch:

    http://sterlingstudiosinc.com/Downloads/MOA/WolfRiverTrails.pdf

    1 · February 9, 2014

    • Gavin A.

      I've also added this into the description for this meetup, so that it will show up in future hikes.

      February 9, 2014

  • Gavin A.

    Beautiful hike in the snow! Very invigorating!

    February 8, 2014

  • RCR

    Running too far behind. Not going to make it in time. Hope to run across you guys in the trailer at some point.

    February 8, 2014

  • Gavin A.

    Due to driving conditions, we will wait a few extra minutes for everyone. Drive safe! We will hit the trail at 9:45 a.m.

    February 8, 2014

  • Shannon D

    Work.....

    February 7, 2014

    • Gavin A.

      Bummer. We'll miss you.

      February 7, 2014

  • Chris

    Hopefully it will be a hike in the snow.

    1 · February 7, 2014

    • Gavin A.

      It will make for beautiful photos, but as a kilt-wearer, I have mixed feelings about hiking in the stuff.

      February 7, 2014

  • Sheila D.

    I'm sorry. I had to back out. I'm babysitting parents Thurs and Fri night until sister gets back and I won't be able to make it in time.

    February 7, 2014

    • Gavin A.

      You will be missed! We will likely be hiking in snow.

      February 7, 2014

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