Dave and I decided to hike recently at Meeman Shelby Forest State park in western Tennessee. It was a chilly day, in the 40s, but sunny. As long as long as I’m bundled up enough, I’m okay with the cold. Its been a while since we’d been outside, in the woods and sunshine. Sometimes in the winter, we spend too much time indoors missing out on vitamin D and the general feeling of well-being that comes from sunshine and nature.
This particular park is a great one to visit, just a half hour from Memphis. But when you’re there, you feel like you are in the wildernerness and that youve really left civilization. Much of western Tennessee is pretty flat, and therefore not good practice for the Appalachian Trail hills in the Northeast (the yearly hike that we are trying to keep in shape for). However this park has some pretty steep hills and beautiful scenery.
The trail we did at Meeman Shelby was the Woodland Trail loop. It is about 5 miles if you go all the way to the Woodland Shelter and back to the parking lot. This park also has an 8 mile one-way trail heading north and south (Chickasaw Bluff/Pioneer Springs Trail) if you really want some distance practice, though it doesn’t have as many steep hills as the Woodland Trail.
All in all a nice trip! Watch our video, and plan to visit the park if you live in the area!