It’s always a great time to get out into Tennessee’s great outdoors. West Tennessee has so many opportunities for nature enthusiasts, whether you want to relax in the woods or get your heart pumping in a kayak. Find next adventure, just a day trip from Memphis!
The 17-mile Lower Hatchie National Wildlife Refuge is home to a diverse and largely intact ecosystem. Waterfowl and white-tailed deer are common sights, and you may even spy birds like Cerulean or Swainson's Warblers. In addition to phenomenal hiking and birdwatching, the site also offers fishing and hunting.
The Ghost River in one of the region’s most unique rivers, and there are so many ways to experience it. Start small with the 600-foot boardwalk that meanders through the swamp or take the 6.5-mile Lost Swamp Trail. For the more adventurous day trippers, stop by Ghost River Rentals to enjoy the Ghost River by canoe, kayak, or stand-up paddle board.
The Davies Manor Historic Site in Bartlett is a popular destination for history buffs, but it also features an official Backyard Wildlife Habitat. The site has several gardens and an arboretum walking trail you can explore on your own, along with the historic outbuildings on the property.
The Glenn Springs Lake is over 300-acres and is a perfect getaway for fishing and enjoying the outdoors. Settle in at one of the fishing piers or bring your boat for a day of sailing. With picnic pavilions, a clubhouse and restrooms for your convenience, you can spend a whole day relaxing with the family.
Another site rich with history, Fort Pillow State Historic Park covers 1,600 acres on the first Chickasaw Bluff. There are over 20 miles of hiking trails, many that follow the site’s earthwork fortifications, boating, paddling and fishing. The state park also has six campsites, including eco-friendly camping, that accommodate RVs and campers up to 60 ft. with 20, 30, 50-amp electrical and water hookups. There are 15 sites with 20-amp electrical hookups and water stations in close proximity to each site.
Visit these public gardens, historic sites and hiking trails for beautiful blooms.