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Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park
MEEMAN-SHELBY FOREST STATE PARK
MEEMAN-SHELBY FOREST STATE PARK
910 Riddick Road
Millington, Tennessee   38053

Phone: 901-876-5215
Toll Free: 800-471-5293
Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park

Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park

Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park

Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park

Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park

Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park

Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park
'Mighty Mississippi'

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Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park
'Do you see what I see'

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Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park
'Along for the ride'

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Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park
'Look Closer...'

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'Poplar Tree Lake'

Poplar Tree lake is a great lake for paddling and fishing.

Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park
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Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park
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Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park
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Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park
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Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park
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Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park
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Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park

Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park

Bordering on the mighty Mississippi River, two-thirds of this 13,467-acre park are bottomland hardwood forests of large oak, cypress and tupelo. The park also contains two lakes and many miles of hiking trails. The Meeman Museum and Nature Center is named for Edward J. Meeman, courageous conservation editor of Scripps-Howard newspapers who helped establish this park and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The park maintains a boat ramp on the Mississippi River. Deer, turkey, beaver and some 200 species of birds are abundant.
Cabins
Meeman Shelby has six two-bedroom vacation cabins situated along the shore of Poplar Tree Lake in a heavily wooded section of the park. These cabins are completely equipped for housekeeping and food preparation. Linens are provided. They are ideal for family vacations or fishing parties and sleep up to six people in each. Reservations should be made in advance through the visitor center.

Cabins can accommodate six people, and are equipped with a VCR, television and linens. Kitchens are fully equipped, there is a fireplace and wood is furnished during the winter months. There is a double bed and two twin beds in each cabin along with two roll-out beds.

Cabins can be reserved up to one year in advance and are usually booked up to three weeks in advance. Cabin is available to accommodate pets for an additional charge. Contact the park for details. To make reservations: 800-471-5293

Cabins available that are accessible to persons with a disability
Camping
The park campground provides 49 campsites equipped with table, grill, electrical and water hookups. A modern bathhouse provides hot showers. There is a dump station for self-contained trailer rigs. Sites are available on a first-come, first served basis, however reservations may be made well in advance through the visitor center. Maximum stay limit is two weeks.

Reservations may be made for campsites and are recommended during major holidays Call to reserve: 1-901-876-5215

Group Camping

There are two group camps at Meeman Shelby. The groups camps are available to youth groups and can accommodate up to 140 (Piersol Group Camp) and 100 (Mississippi River Group Camp) persons. They consist of a large dining hall fully equipped for food preparation and serving, clusters of group cabins, bathhouses and one with a swimming pool. Campers need only provide linens, food, medical and sanitary supplies and staff. At Piersol Group Camp, bathroom facilities are attached to the bunkhouse and there are 4 showers. At the Mississippi River Group Camp, there are separate showers and restrooms.

Group camps are available from April through October, the camps are rented by the week only during the summer months, and on week-ends at other times. Reservations should be made well in advance through the visitor center.

Reservations may be made for campsites and are recommended during major holidays Call to reserve: 1-901-876-5215.
Boating
There are two fishing lakes on the park, Poplar Tree Lake and Piersol Lake. Year-round fishing is available on 125-acre Poplar Tree Lake. Some outstanding largemouth bass have been taken from this picturesque lake. Other species include bream and catfish. Rental jonboats are available at the park boat dock, but many enjoy fishing from the pier or bank. Personally owned boats with electric motors are allowed on the lake for a small launch fee, but no gasoline motors are allowed.

Special fishing permit required-can be obtained from park office

Free launch ramp available on Mississippi River

A park fishing permit is required for anglers between the ages of 16 and 62. TWRA Fishing License Information


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Picnicking
There are 300 picnic tables and grills scattered throughout the park. Each is conveniently located near restrooms, water fountains and playgrounds. Several picnic shelters are available for rent for large family and other group gatherings. 7 picnic pavilions available

The recreation lodge facility is an air conditioned building with chairs and tables that can accommodate up to 100 people.

For reservation information call: 901-876-5215
Trails
Trails open year round

More than 20 miles of hiking trails meander throughout the park. Some are located in the Mississippi River bottoms and are off limits during managed hunts. Bicycle trail accessible to persons with a disability
Nature Programs
Nature Center

Nature Center Hours:

March-May: Saturday & Sunday 1pm-5pm

May-October: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday 1pm-5pm

October-March: Sunday 1pm-5pm

Exhibits include live snakes, fish aquarium, stuffed animal exhibit, a touch table and a Native American exhibit.

Special programs at the center include live birds of prey and reptile programs, making bird feeders, homemade ice cream, nature videos, deep swamp canoe trips and pontoon boat rides.
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
June 24 Awesome Swamp Tour! by Shirley
The swamp tour was a beautiful experience. We loved the scenery and Ranger Melissa!
May 19 close to home by horseyfamily
Our family loves Shelby Forest..We frequently camp in the campground and have never been dissapointed.. the staff is always very atentive and it feels like our second home..Looking forward to another great camping season..
May 4 i went here as a boy scout, and, adult! by robert e. dean, jr.
i first went here as a boy scout. we loved it. we went here, my wife and kids, when i married. i rode horses here while in college. it now has sad memories for me and my wife, which i will not go into.
January 20 absolutely the best by Dennis
I have recently started back to running and gettingmy carcass back in shape. I thought I would try something challenging and not the same ol road work. I went to Shelby forest and began running the hiking trails. FANTASTIC! lots of wildlife very few people. If you hav not been and you are an outdoors person you are missing out.
October 17 A Great Park by James
This is one of my most favorite parks in Tennessee.It reminds me of my home in West Virginia.
January 2 sunset on the lakes by Shirley V
See Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park FIRST. What is in your own backyard is worth not having to travel many gas tanks to enjoy!
September 20 Love meeman-shelby
I have been hiking at Memman-Shelby Forest for over 30 years.... Great place to take our sweet doggies... Beautiful trails... Great birding... Nothing like it anywhere close by Memphis.... My black lab knows where we are going when we turn past the Shelby Forest General store! The area has a very special place in our hearts!
August 13 Adore the trees! by Dennis Eleogram
June 25 Great cycling. by D. Thompson
Shelby Forest provides miles of tree-shaded, low-traffic, paved roads for cyclists. The General Store makes for a great rest stop too.
January 13 Great trails!! Close to Memphis!! by jmarkoa
I have been taking my dogs here for the last few months and have walked many of the trails. Beautiful trees, rolling hills along the bluffs, lots of wildlife. I an glad I ventured out this way, I will be spending much time here!
October 5 Great Hiking Trails by Trini G.
I love the hiking trails at Shelby Forest. Especially during fall(perfect weather for hiking)--it is a great place to get away from it all! Great exercise and great stress reliever.
September 1 3 stars Memphis Day Hike -Meeman Shelby
It is hard to find good hiking close to downtown Memphis. Shelby Farms has some pretty nice hikes and mountain biking trails in the Lucius Birch State Natural Area. But my favorite hike nearby is the Dogwood Trail in the park. It is a good length, has over looks into the forest, some ups and downs that can get your blood pumping and some nice wildlife if look around in the spring (daffodils, redbuds, dogwoods, trillium, etc.). Also very nice in the fall when the leaves are dropping. A shady summer hike, too.
May 22 Our Favorite Park by Michael & Jennifer
We just wanted everyone who is curious about this park to know how much we love it. There are many different lakes, hiking trails, activities and camp sites to choose from. We live locally and go to the park very often to cook out and fish. Just recently, we became engaged over the moon light while fishing! Be ready for a sunset you will never forget!


Area Fishing Related Businesses

Frayser Bait Shop
2989 Thomas St
Memphis, TN
(901) 358-0006


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