Great River Road Trail - Memphis Lady Legends to Heroes

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Make your way along the western border of Tennessee carved by the mighty Mississippi and once the western boundary of America. The Great River Road National Scenic Byway & Trail starts in Memphis, the southwestern most point in the state, and travels to the northwestern border at legendary Reelfoot Lake. The route from corner to corner is a part of the larger Great River Road National Scenic Byway, a designated route spanning 10 states, from the Mississippi River's headwaters in Minnesota all the way to the Gulf of Mexico.

On the Tennessee portion, you'll encounter small towns full of history, local fare bursting with flavor, and natural areas brimming with wildlife. But perhaps the biggest attraction on this trail is the drive itself - a journey through high bluffs, alluvial forest, and intriguing bottomland that borders the Mississippi. This isn't your ordinary tourist attraction. Out here, the story is in the cotton fields and the generations that have tended them; the tensions and conflicts of the Civil War; the lakes, rivers, and dramatic natural events that have shaped this part of the country. Listen to the rushing water of the river and learn about the life and commerce it has carried; hear Delta blues with roots as deep as native crops. This is the story and the face of the land touched by "Old Man River," always changing with the flow of time and season.