Parks and Green Spaces
near Cordova, TN
Wolf River Conservancy
Located less than 20 minutes southwest of Bartlett, the Wolf River Conservancy was founded in 1985 when a group of people opposed a gravel mine along the Wolf River. After the success of the mission, the group founded the Conservancy as a non-profit dedicated to protecting and enhancing the land surrounding Wolf River. Since then, they have successfully protected over 16,000 acres, and successfully taught and educated people of all ages about the surrounding habitat.
The Greenway is a 36-mile paved pathway that’s perfect for biking and walking or jogging. Visitors are invited to enjoy the water, and canoes and kayaks are available for rental.
Shelby Farms Park
Located right off Trinity Road, Shelby Farms Park is another Conservancy dedicated to a good cause. Their cause? Helping the herd of buffalo that lives in the park. They dedicated themselves to the buffalo because of how low the buffalo’s numbers were dwindling across America. The herd that lives in the park is cared for by Park Rangers and veterinarians who make sure the herd’s diet and physical activity is healthy. It’s not such a simple task, as the herd eats 50,000 lbs. of food a year!
The Woodland Discovery Playground was designed with direct input from children. After all, who knows better about what will be fun for kids… than kids? And when they’re hot from playing, they can cool off in the Water Play Sprayground. It’s a 4,000 sq. ft. play space that has a water tunnel, spray jets, water pumps, and geyser boulders.
For the adults who want to have a little fun in the water, there’s always Hyde Lake, where you can paddleboard and boat, and even get in a little fishing.
And if trails are more your thing, then you’re in luck. There are over 40 miles of trails at Shelby Farms. They’re perfect for hiking, biking, and horseback riding. The paved Greenline is over 10 miles that connects from Cordova and pops you out at Midtown Memphis.
There are plenty of activities for the competitors out there, too. You can get in a round of disc golf, or start a war in the paintball or laser tag arenas.
And when you’re finished and famished, you can stop by the kitchenette for a quick bite, or the kitchen bistro for a nice sit-down meal.
The Outback Off-Leash Dog Park
Don’t forget about your four-legged friend! He’ll love the 100 acres of freedom that the dog park provides!
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.
Give Yourself Some Time in Nature
Get out and enjoy these fun and relaxing activities.
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