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Lucius Burch Natural Area (Germantown Greenway)

Guys, small change to this month's version of this meetup. Instead of the usual (below), since we've been talking about doing a hike on the opposite side of the river, just so we could see what that side is like — we are going to meet at Chick-fil-A at 9:30 a.m., which is the same time as our normal meeting time for this hike, and we are going to hike the Germantown Greenway.

1230 S Germantown Rd
Germantown, TN 38138

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Regularly scheduled hike description below (to resume next month):

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.

    Guys, I'm thinking about switching this up a little. We've been talking about doing a hike on the opposite side of the river, on the Germantown Greenway, just so we could see what that side is like — are you all up for that this month, or would you rather that I separate that out into a different hike?

    June 9, 2014

    • Gavin A.

      Group pix are now posted.

      3 · June 16, 2014

    • Anita

      Thank you Gavin

      1 · June 16, 2014

  • Anita

    It was a great diverse/eclectic group- a long walk/hike and felt great ...(Joanne- yes after I got home :-)). Loved meeting everyone and seeing Chris and his laid back but superbly encouraging manner.

    1 · June 14, 2014

    • Anita

      Joanne- The hiking memoir is "Strayed" not swayed, by Cheryl Strayed. Great book

      June 15, 2014

    • Gavin A.

      I agree on all points.

      June 15, 2014

  • Gavin A.

    Good hike with a great bunch of people. Howard, and my son, Caleb, joined us partway, and everyone made it safely back.

    3 · June 14, 2014

  • Gavin A.

    I'm here at Chick-fil-A, and have found our entrance to the Germantown Greenway.

    June 14, 2014

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