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“A great place for the whole family!”
Review of Shelby Farms Park

Shelby Farms Park
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Ranked #8 of 154 things to do in Memphis
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Memphis, Tennessee
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48 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“A great place for the whole family!”
Reviewed July 24, 2014

There is so much to do at Shelby Farms park, and it is so much bigger than people seem to realize when they visit it.

It has the largest off-leash dog park in the city, with acres upon acres of open area which includes 4 lakes. The hiking trails at the dog park come out to about 3.5 miles total. There aren't many benches on the western park of the Outback (which is what the off-leash area is called) but those lakes are usually the least crowded. The eastern lake has several benches around it but is often becomes very crowded on that side, so if you have a dog that tends to get over excited with lots of dogs around I suggest staying on the western side.

The park itself has lots and lots of hiking and running trails. The Chickasaw trail is still open, even with all the construction, and is a nice walk/jog at about 2.85 miles. There is also the Tour de Wolf bike trail that many people hike/run and that comes out to about 6 miles.

There is a 6.5 mile Greenline that runs from the edge of Shelby Farms all the way to down town that is awesome for running, especially if you are looking for something extremely flat. It patrolled daily by 2 officers on bikes, and is generally safe.

Outside of the park itself you have the Agricenter which hosts the camp ground, farmers market and a decent nursery.

Over all the park is amazing and totally worth visiting, especially if you are traveling with dogs and they need some leg stretching.

One note, be sure to check the Shelby Farms website to be sure there aren't any events that might close off areas of the park. For example, some road races are held there as Shelby Farms hosts several USTAF certified courses that many area business and running clubs utilize on a regular basis.

Visited July 2014
1 Thank Rebecca U
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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29 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Fun playground”
Reviewed July 22, 2014

This is a huge park but we were only able to enjoy one small part of it---the playground. They had some interesting concept for kids activities. Lots of ropes and non-classic swings that challenged my kids (it kept their attentions for a while). If it wasn't so hot, we would have stayed a lot longer. Bathrooms close-by. Water fountains available.

Visited July 2014
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“the drive thru christmas lights”
Reviewed July 9, 2014

seeing all of the different things that have been lit and had lights on them as you drive into and out of the park

Visited December 2013
2 Thank Jc F
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Could be much better”
Reviewed July 6, 2014 via mobile

This was our first time to Shelby farms to use the walking track and the track itself is in very good shape. The problem is that none of the trails are marked so you easily go onto biking trails. The folks at the information center were reading paperback books and acted like they didn't want to be bothered. When we asked for directions they gave us a very poorly diagramed black and white map and said take the trail into the woods, go in a circle and it will come back to the information building. We went on several trails and our 3 mile walked became seven. This place has potential but is poorly marked.

Visited July 2014
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Memphis, Tennessee
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211 reviews
62 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“One of America's Best Urban Parks”
Reviewed July 2, 2014

Shelby Farms is undergoing an amazing transformation this summer, but don't let the construction stop you. This is a vibrant park with continual community events and so many choices of things to do outside!

Fly kites, ride bikes, chill with your canine friends in the spacious off leash area, hike, horseback ride, picnic, fish, hang out at the playground, photograph the lily pad pond or baby bison, play Frisbee golf, pig out on food truck day, rent a paddle boat, or exercise your favorite way. The choices are only increasing.

Parking can be tricky on event days, pretty weather days, and early morning Saturdays so be prepared to walk or ride your bike a bit further than you expected. Its a great idea to check their webpage to see what's up at the park the day you want to visit.

If you like to bicycle, you can connect to the Greenline that will take you to Tillman Ave., or the Greenway that will take you to Germantown. You can rent a bike at the beginning of the Greenline trail.

The horseback riding is very calm and much of the ride is through the woods. The cooler months are a great time to go as long as it hasn't been raining and muddy. This is perfect for the first time rider. Call ahead to make reservations during the busy season. Ask if they accept debit/credit cards. It used to be CASH ONLY.

If you have small kids, the playground is a wonderful space with slides, climbing ropes, tunnels, and so much more.

Visited July 2014
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