Parks and Green Spaces
near Collierville, TN
Rejuvenate yourself by spending some time at one of these nearby parks and green spaces. Your body and mind will thank you for it!
Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park
This 12,539-acre behemoth of a park is less than an hour’s drive northwest, off Benjestown Road. Home to Bald Cypress and Tupelo swamp, but the majority of the facilities are located on top of the Chickasaw Bluffs, where you’ll find oaks, American beech, hickory, and sweet gum trees. 10 of which are State Champion Trees and two of which are National Champion Trees.
There are plenty of camping sites through the park. But if you’re more interested in staying in a cabin, there are six two-bedroom cabins along the Poplar Tree Lake shore, surrounded by trees. There’s also a youth group camp that is suitable for up to 140 people.
The Nature Center has exhibits that include live animals like snakes and turtles, as well as a stuffed animal exhibit and an aquarium. The butterfly garden is open seasonally, and the bone and insect tables and Native American exhibit will have you learning incredible facts.
For hikers, there are more than 20 miles of hiking trails, including eight-mile-long Chickasaw Bluff Trail, which overlooks Poplar Tree Lake, a great place to canoe, kayak, or paddleboard. The park includes a launch ramp on the Mississippi River. There’s also a 36-hole disc-golf course that caters to novices and experts alike.
T.O. Fuller State Park
Named after Dr. Thomas O. Fuller, a “prominent African-American educator, pastor, politician, civic leader, and author,” (tnstateparks.com) T.O. Fuller State Park was the first park east of the Mississippi open for African Americans. Home to a new interpretive Nature and Education Center, this 1,138-acre park is a 35-minute drive east of Collierville, off Riverport Road.
The historical park has a plethora of outdoor recreational activities and assets for you to enjoy, including an Interpretive Nature and Education Center, miles of hiking trails, multiple playgrounds, ball fields, basketball and tennis courts, and an Olympic-size pool with splash pad. The park is often host to church-groups and positive organizations.
In 1940, an excavation crew unearthed a lost prehistoric village when it was digging for a proposed swimming pool. The swimming pool’s location was moved, and the site was developed as the Chucalissa Indian Village, overseen by the University of Memphis. If you’re into history, you’ll want to check out the village, excavations, and museum.
But if you’re more into the “outdoors” aspect of the park, you can birdwatch in the Mississippi flood plains or the bluff ridges, or hike the Discover Trail – a four-mile loop. Visitors are also welcome to grill out for a picnic.
Looking for Something a Little Closer to Home? These Local Parks Are Right Here in Collierville!
Halle Park sports a nice 21-acre lake that’s home to some nice-sized bass for the fishermen and women out there. There’s almost a mile of trail for a pleasant walk, and you can stop and feed the geese.
H.W. Cox Park
This 67-acre park has a 1.4-mile walking trail and is the ballplayer’s dream. It has a 4-field complex, complete with concessions, along with 4 multipurpose fields, batting cages, 6 tennis courts, 2 playgrounds, and picnic facilities for a perfect day of exercise under the sun.
But that’s not all. See performances at the Harrell performing Arts Theatre, organize in the Collierville Community Center, or work out in the DAC Fitness Club while you’re there.
A great place to take the kids (and that could mean children or pets), Suggs Park has a nice playground for the little ones and a 1.2 acre off-leash area for the four-legged ones (or maybe vice versa!). The spacious park boasts 16 acres, which includes picnic areas and spray park for those hot Tennessee summer days.
Give Yourself Some Time in Nature
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