Great Running Trails in Memphis
May 2, 2019
Spring is one of the best seasons in Memphis to pull out your running shoes and hit the trails. It’s not too hot, not too cold, which makes this weather combination the perfect remedy for a nice, long run. Whether working out is a part of your daily routine, or you’re new to this form of exercise, we’ve rounded up three of the best running trails in Memphis.
Overton Park is a 342-acre park located in Midtown. Follow the Old
Forest Loop at Overton Park for a one-mile run. Jog around it once for a quick
sweat or make multiple laps and take time to breathe in the fresh air. Take a
stroll off the beaten path and run through the Old Forest itself. The Old
Forest contains four miles of unpaved paths, and a 1.4-mile limestone running
trail. It’s free to run at Overton Park anytime between dawn and dusk. You can
visit the Overton Park website to download a complete list of all their running
trails and use the map to guide your workout.
A non-traditional running trail that might not immediately come to mind is Memphis’ Big River Crossing. Big River Crossing is the country’s longest active pedestrian bridge. Walk, run or bike across this mile-long bridge that takes you across the Mississippi River. Big River Crossing is free and open daily from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Visit during the day to complete your workout and take in the views of the Mighty Mississippi below the city’s skyline.
Greenway and Wolf River Nature Area
A jog along some of the Mid-South’s most beautiful habitats is a great
way to wind down after a long work day. Clear your mind with the sounds of
nature as you run the two-mile paved trail on the Germantown Greenway. This
trail is located in the Wolf River Nature Area. The trail offers signs, benches,
butterfly gardens and wetlands for you to gaze upon as you exercise.
Before you venture out to one of these trails, make sure you have the proper running shoes, are well hydrated and have permission from your physician to run. If you’re not sure that you’re in good enough health to run, make an appointment or walk in to Campbell Clinic today. Check our locations and hours to see which clinics are open late.