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Every kind of trail activity is represented in the listing of designated NRTs. Besides hiking and bicycling, the system includes water trails, motorized routes, snow tracks, greenways, and equestrian paths. The NRT program showcases the diversity of trails across America, from our cities and suburbs to the deserts, waterways, and high mountains.


Wolf River Greenway Trail - Memphis, Tennessee


The Wolf River Greenway Trail is a 1.67 mile long paved, shaded trail that parallels the Wolf River. It provides pedestrians and bikers with views of the river and several ponds, wildlife habitat, and lush timberlands. Designated as a National Recreation Trail in 2012.


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Sections of the trail run close to the Wolf River


The paved trail was opened in December 2010, and is accessible for persons with disabilities. The trail is located between the Wolf River and Humphrey's Boulevard from Walnut Grove Rd. to Shady Grove Road. There are two trailheads one located at Walnut Grove and the second along Humphrey's Blvd.

The trail connects by way of a pedestrian bridge over the Wolf River with multi-use trails in the 2,900 acre Shelby Farms Park, the 6.5 mile Shelby Farms Greenline and to adjacent neighborhoods via bike lanes.

The trail has been well-received and heavily used by the community. It is enjoyed by walkers, runners, cyclists, rollerbladers, and dog walkers; by neighbors and employees of businesses in the vicinity of the trail, like Baptist Hospital, and by individuals who travel by car and bicycle from outside of the immediate trail and surrounding area to use the facility.

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The peaceful, natural setting is an ideal place for exercise


The development of the Wolf River Greenway Trail is a partnership comprised of the City of Memphis Division of Park Services, the Wolf River Conservancy and the Hyde Family Foundations. The trail is managed by the City of Memphis Division of Park Services. The first trail segment was constructed on land owned by Boyle Investment Company, a locally owned real estate company.

The Wolf River Conservancy has used the trail for education classes on the environment and for service projects with Memphis City Schools. On September 24, 2011 the first annual “Dinner on the Greenway” was held with over 300 people enjoying good music and food on a perfect fall evening. The trail was designed by ETI Corporation, a Memphis based engineering firm and The Greenway Team from Denver, CO was the consultant. The trail survived two floods— one during construction and one in the Spring of 2011 without any significant damage.

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The trail runs through Shelby Farms Park


The Wolf River runs for 90 miles from Baker's Pond in Benton County, MS thru Fayette and Shelby County, TN. The “Urban” Wolf runs thru the City of Memphis for over 20 miles but most Memphians have never seen the river.

The Wolf River Greenway Trail is significant because it's the first place in the City were people can connect with the river in a peaceful, natural setting. Upon its completion the Wolf River Greenway Trail will extend for 22 miles connecting public greenways and recreational trails for residents and user groups as well as adjoining conservation wetlands and wildlife habitats from the Mississippi River east to Shelby Farms Park.

The Memphis Regional Design Center and Livable Memphis are two additional partners in the development and support of the Wolf River Greenway.

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One of several new bridges along the greenway


Both MRDC and Livable Memphis have been very involved in the greenway efforts throughout the region as a way to increase the vitality and economic stability of the Memphis area by promoting excellence in urban design and planning.

Some of the important features of the Greenway that make it a great model for trail planning and development are:
• working with corporate interests to support trails
• securing donations and easements from businesses and developers
• planning inter-city linkages for bicyclists
• promoting the importance of volunteers in urban trails
• generating tremendous community support
• promoting cooperation among agencies and jurisdictions
• finding opportunities for education about wildlife and the environment



Trail runs along the Wolf River in Eastern Shelby County and is connected to the Lucius Burch Natural Area and Shelby Farms Park via a pedestrian bridge over the Wolf River. From I-240, turn east on Walnut Grove. Turn right on Humphrey's Blvd. Trailhead is on the left approximately 1/8 mile.

For more information:

City of Memphis Division of Park Services
2599 Avery Avenue, Memphis, TN 38112

Wolf River Conservancy
3100 Walnut Grove Road, Suite #503, Memphis, TN 38111


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