A City Escape at Shelby Farms Park

A City Escape at Shelby Farms Park

When you're in Memphis, the outdoors aren't too far away. Breathe some fresh air in this Made in Tennessee park.

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West Tennessee is home to the nation's largest urban park. More than 4,500 acres comprise Shelby Farms Park, which offers outdoors experiences from hiking and biking to running, canoeing, fishing, sailing, and picnicking The park's well-planned and maintained amenities make it simple, especially for visitors—daytime rentals of bike and boats are readily available. Grab a map, roam the grounds, and explore some newer features of the famed forest:

*All photos credit: Rebecca Dailey for Shelby Farms Park Conversvancy 


Swing through the trees and over the waters of Shelby Farms Park on a family-friendly outdoor adventure. Go Ape provides a safe and scenic high-ropes course over a breathtaking forestry landscape with zip lines, rope ladders and Tarzan-inspired swings. Those kayaking or canoeing at Pine Lake might just have to duck as a harnessed flyer spontaneously swings overhead!


Shelby Farms Park is especially famed for its boastful buffalo herd, an integral component of the park's conversation efforts. The herd consumes 50,000 pounds of hay and supplemental feed each year, drinking up to 30 gallons of water each day. Guests and visitors are encouraged to adopt a buffalo in honor of a loved one.


Opening in August is nationally-acclaimed environmentalist Kimbal Musk's The Kitchen, Shelby Farms Park's first onsite restaurant with a farm-to-table focus. The restaurant's mission includes a nonprofit called The Kitchen Community, which joins communities to strengthen the real food movement at scale by placing learning gardens in schools. Memphis is The Kitchen Community's fourth city preceded by Denver, Los Angeles, and Chicago respectively.


A 6.5-mile urban trail bookending at Shelby Farms Park, the Shelby Farms Greenline connects the community from East to Midtown Memphis through a new perspective—by bike or foot. The park provides various bike rentals (including kids' bikes!) for the entire family to roam along the Greenline trail and explore new areas of Memphis.