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Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park
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Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park
Description - Bordering the mighty Mississippi River, two-thirds of this 13,467-acre park are bottomland hardwood forests of large oak, cypress and tupelo.

Attractions - The park contains two lakes and many miles of hiking trails. The Meeman Museum and Nature Center is named for Edward J. Meeman, courageous conservation editor of Scripps-Howard newspapers who helped establish this park and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The park maintains a boat ramp on the Mississippi River. Deer, turkey, beaver and some 200 species of birds are abundant.

Nature Center is open from April 1-October 1 and the hours are 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Exhibits include live snakes, fish aquarium, stuffed animal exhibit, a "touch table" and a Native American exhibit.
Special programs at the center include making bird feeders and homemade ice cream, watching nature videos and taking pontoon boat rides.

Other nearby points of interest are the Memphis Pyramid, Beale Street and Graceland.

Recreation - Hiking, camping, fishing, boating and other activities are available at this park. There are also numerous bicycle trails found throughout the park.

Climate - Tennessee has a temperate climate with short, mild winters. The average annual snowfall for the state is 12 inches. Spring comes in early March bringing flowering trees and shrubs, and warmer weather. Spring temperatures average between 45 and 70 degrees. Summer's full force arrives in the region by mid May, bringing warm weather and higher humidity. The mountains of eastern Tennessee are a great place to escape the hot summer temperatures as the higher elevation cools the air slightly. Cool fall temperatures bring crisp air and brilliant fall colors. Mid to late October is a good time to visit the region to experience the fall foliage.

Location - From Interstate 40 in Memphis, take exit 2-A, turn right, go 6 stop lights to Watkins road (this is Highway 388), turn left and go until the road dead-ends. Turn left, go one mile to a four-way stop, Shelby Forest General Store and turn right, go one mile, turn left into the park.

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Filed By: Smith (Titusville, FL)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: If you are looking for a good place to ride your bike on paved surfaces, near Memphis, this is it. There is a short (2.5mi) bike trail with steep climbs and a very interesting Zig-Zag up a cliff side. You can also ride on the park roads and get a real workout. Much shade. Not crowded at all on weekdays.

Filed By: Francesca Smith (Atoka, TN)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly

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Report: We hiked the Woodland Trail on April 10, 2003. This is a loop trail (up to 3 miles) which has an incredible profusion of wildflowers (both in sheer numbers and variety) this time of year. Some include red trilliums, blue phlox, Virginia bluebells, jack-in-the-pulpits, etc. The trail winds around a small brook and up and down the steep bluffs among mature hardwood forest. Highly recommended. There are about 20 miles of hiking trails in this park as well as 2 nice lakes for fishing. Shelby Forest Gen. Store has fishing supplies and food

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Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park, 910 Riddick Road , Millington, TN, 38053, Phone: 901-876-5215

Additional Information:
Tennessee State Parks - Tennessee offers over 50 State Parks located throughout the state. These parks provide opportunity for a wide variety of recreational activities from visiting historical sites to whitewater rafting.
West Tennessee Region - The West Tennessee Travel Region is one of three travel regions in Tennessee. This region includes the western 1/3 of the state and over 20 state parks, wildlife refuges, archaeological sites and historical sites.

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