We visited Shelby Farms Park (4500 acres!), in the middle of Shelby County, TN (Cities-Memphis, Germantown, Collierville) in the fall and spring while we were visiting our grand kids who live near Memphis. What a wonderful place, which has something for everyone! The park itself is divided into a number of venues for fitness, recreation and education. We partook of three while there: the Disc Golf course, the totally amazing children's WOODLAND DISCOVERY PLAYGROUND, and the Off-leash Dog Park. Our daughter in law runs regularly on the Greenline.
The playground offers so much in the way of physical fitness, skill building, interaction and discovery. I enjoyed it as much as the children. It's an innovative design and built in an environmentally sustainable manner with children's safety and enjoyment in mind. Check the website for photos and information. Great for all ages, although the 'rules' state 12 years and under.
The dog park was my favorite part, as it is a lush and varied 100 acres of meadows, hills, wood margins and ponds where not only your dog can revel but also humans can enjoy nature. It's a great place to bird watch in the early morning or evening. There appears to be a rough equestrian cross country course at the dog park too but I have not seen horses/riders there. Riding stables are one of the attractions offered at Shelby Park.
The park is open sunrise to sunset. The park entrance is free but for Memphis area residents there is a membership program which provides a number of special perks. Either way, if you are in the Memphis area, go!
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