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Old 09-04-2007, 07:32 AM
 
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Hello! My family and I may be relocating to the Memphis area and I have been reading all of the related posts. I haven't seen anything asked regarding the outdoor recreation in the area. It's tough to tell from the map and we haven't yet visited, but I was curious about the State Parks, lakes, mountains, hiking, etc in the area. We're coming from the Atlanta suburbs where the North Georgia Mountains are an hour away and where there are State Park recreation areas with hiking and kayaking only a few miles from our house.

Is there anything like that in the area around Memphis? Thanks!!!
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Old 09-04-2007, 08:14 AM
 
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This is a pretty flat part of the country, so opportunities for (adventurous) hiking and kayaking are limited. Meeman-Shelby State Park in the northwest portion of the county has some hiking trails that border the Mississippi River. Both Meeman-Shelby and Shelby Farms (Cordova/East Memphis) are great for biking. For kayaking, I know a few folks who've been brave enough to kayak the Wolf River. (I say 'brave' because the Wolf is not very clean; it's not very challenging, either, from what I hear.)

Keep in mind that while Memphis lacks somewhat in the outdoor adventure area, we are within a day's distance of some other areas that more than compensate for our outdoor ineptness. Check out North Central and Northwest Arkansas. We're also not too awful far from the Chattanooga area -- and, being from Atlanta, you're probably already familiar with the whitewater activities that area offers.
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Old 09-04-2007, 09:08 AM
 
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I agree with Strumpeace - while we do have Shelby Farms in the city (some biking and walking trails, a small lake you can paddleboat on, picnic areas, buffalo roaming and things like that) and also Shelby Forest up north (some hiking, cabins, etc) the best place to go for 'outdoor' excitement is hours from Memphis. I agree with Chattanooga - and like mentioned, I'm sure being from Atlanta you are already familiar with Chattagnooga.
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Old 09-04-2007, 09:48 AM
 
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Hello! My family and I may be relocating to the Memphis area and I have been reading all of the related posts. I haven't seen anything asked regarding the outdoor recreation in the area. It's tough to tell from the map and we haven't yet visited, but I was curious about the State Parks, lakes, mountains, hiking, etc in the area. We're coming from the Atlanta suburbs where the North Georgia Mountains are an hour away and where there are State Park recreation areas with hiking and kayaking only a few miles from our house.

Is there anything like that in the area around Memphis? Thanks!!!
The only mountains close by are the Ozarks. It's an easy 3 hour drive up to Hardy, AR where canoeing and kayaking are plentiful. It's about the same distance over to Heber Springs, AR where world-class fly-fishing is available on the Little Red River. Hiking is available in the Arkansas state parks in the Ozarks. In Tennessee, you can go to Land Between the Lakes Natinoal Recreation Area which is on Kentucky Lake, Lake Barkley and the Cumberland River. This area is about 2.5 hours away. Land Between The Lakes | HOME (http://www.lbl.org/Home.html - broken link)


Here's a write-up about the places within an hour or so from Memphis where hiking is popular Hiking in Your Backyard (http://www.outdoorsinc.com/Go-Outdoors/allarticles/hiking-in-your-backyard.cfm - broken link)


Of course, I'm sure you're already aware of the plentiful hiking opportunities in the Smokies. It's an easy 6 hour drive from Memphis.
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Old 09-06-2007, 09:59 AM
 
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Arkansas rivers vary from mild tubing rivers (11 point) to class IV (Cossatot) for canoing or kayaking, there are many, many great floats! there are many river websites, here is one
River fishing - Arkansas river rafting - Arkansas rivers (http://www.arkansas.com/lakes-rivers/rivers_intro.asp - broken link)

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