Saturday – December 08, 2012
We awoke to a light rain with the temperature in the mid-50’s. We departed the Pilot truck stop in Hayti, Missouri at 6:30 a.m. About 30 miles north of Memphis, Tennessee the rain stopped, but the sky remained overcast.
We arrived at the Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park in Millington, Tennessee at 8:50 a.m. This state park comprises 12,617 acres and is located 13 miles north of Memphis. Bordering the mighty Mississippi River, two-thirds of the part is bottomland hardwood forests of large oak, cypress and tupelo. The park contains 18 miles of hiking trails, a 3-mile bike trial, and beautiful picnic areas and playgrounds. A boat ramp is maintained on the Mississippi River. Deer, turkey, beaver, foxes and over 200 species of birds and other wildlife are abundant. The park is named for Edward J. Meeman, courageous conservation editor of Scripps-Howard newspapers who helped establish this park, as well as the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The parks nature center has live reptile and raptor displays as well as touch tables, crafts and a variety of programs, including pontoon boat trips, deep swamp canoe floats and guided hikes.
Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park has one campground with 49 campsites suitable for RV’s. The campground has a well-paved road and each campsite has a paved parking pad with electric and water hookups. Facilities include well-maintained flush toilets and hot showers. The campsites are surrounded by a heavily wooded forest and offer a fair degree of privacy between campsites. We will definitely return to this campground on our future visits to Memphis.
Camping Fee: $20.00 per night. Discount rate available for Tennessee senior residents.
Total miles traveled today: 125
Tomorrow another adventure begins.