Parks and Green Spaces
near Germantown, TN
Bobby Lanier Farm Park
A model of a “community based suburban farm park” that promotes a healthy, sustainable, and supportive community, the Bobby Lanier Farm Park is an agricultural beauty located in the heart of Germantown at 2660 Cross Country Drive off of Stout Road, and is open from dusk to dawn.
The 10-acre farm has a community garden and often features live music, talks, tours, demonstrations, and more. The multi-use Harvest Moon Pavilion is available for events, and has a beautiful wooden interior, along with custom-made wooden farm tables for guests.
Farmers’ Markets occur every Thursday from 4:00 to 7:30 p.m., June through August 4. These markets are “Producer Only,” meaning that the person selling the items was directly involved with growing them. If you have a large group, contact the park to set up a tour and learn something new.
Off Miller Farms Road, near the elementary school, this 20-acre park is home to a street hockey rink, pavilion, picnic areas, a softball field, two tennis courts, two softball fields, and batting cages. But no doubt that the kids’ favorite area is Everybody’s Tree House!
Everybody’s Tree House
An all-inclusive playground for kids of all abilities, Everybody’s Tree House includes an actual tree house, swings, slides, monkey bars, gliders, and more. It infuses nature with our natural desire to play.
Everybody’s Tree House is constantly growing, with more additions always being planned and developed.
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.
Give Yourself Some Time in Nature
Get out and enjoy these fun and relaxing activities.
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