Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park - Millington, TN - Tennessee State Parks

Welcome to Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park
Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park is a 12,539-acre hardwood bottomland area bordering the mighty Mississippi River 13 miles north of Memphis featuring mature Bald Cypress and Tupelo swamp. Most of the facilities are on top of the majestic Chickasaw Bluffs that rise from the bottomlands and are covered with large oaks, American beech, hickory and sweet gum. There are 10 state Champion Trees and two National Champion Trees as well as endangered and protected plants. Deer, turkey, otter, beaver, foxes and bobcats are plentiful throughout the forest. Over 200 species of songbirds, waterfowl, shorebirds and birds of prey, including the American Bald Eagle can be seen; the area is a favorite for bird-watchers. The park offers activities focused on the nature and beauty of the park. The Nature Center is open Memorial Day through Labor Day, Friday-Sunday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM and closed for an hour at lunch. Exhibits include live snakes, turtles, salamanders, fish aquariums, stuffed animal exhibit, indoor live butterfly garden (open seasonally), bone table, insect table and a Native American exhibit. Meeman-Shelby Forest offers more than 20 miles of hiking trails that wind throughout the park. Visitors with an interest in hiking will enjoy the approximately eight-mile, wooded Chickasaw Bluff Trail. It is open to hikers and meanders along a bluff with the largest loop overlooking Poplar Tree Lake. There are a variety of camping opportunities throughout the park. Meeman-Shelby Forest has six two-bedroom vacation cabins situated along the Shore of Poplar Tree Lake surrounded by woods. The cabins are ideal for family vacations or fishing parties and sleep up to six people in each. The park campground provides 49 campsites equipped with table, grill, electrical and water hookups. Meeman-Shelby Forest also offers one group camp available to youth groups and can accommodate up to 140 persons. The park is home to one of the largest and most beautiful disc golf courses in the Southeast. The 36-hole, wooded course is divided into two 18-hole courses that offer beginners and advanced players a challenging game. Visitors can find disc golf accessories at stores near the park.

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CAMPING
Rates: $24
Taxes and fees are not included. Rates subject to change. $5 reservation fee per site is non-refundable.
The park campground has 49 campsites, each equipped with table, grill, electrical and water hookups. A modern bathhouse provides hot showers. There is a dump station for self-contained trailer rigs. Reservations may be made well in advance through the visitor center or online. Maximum stay limit is two weeks.

STANDARD CABINS
Rates: $90 — $105
Taxes and fees are not included. Rates subject to change. $5 reservation fee per cabin is non-refundable. $10 cancellation fee per cabin applies.
Meeman Shelby has six two-bedroom standard cabins situated along the shoreline of Poplar Tree Lake in a heavily wooded section of the park. They are ideal for family vacations or fishing parties and sleep up to six people. One bedroom has a double bed and the second bedroom contains two twin beds in each cabin along with two full size couches.
These cabins are completely equipped for housekeeping with a fully equipped kitchen. Linens are provided. Firewood is supplied during the winter months.

DISC GOLF
The park is home to one of the largest and most beautiful disc golf courses in the Southeast. The 36-hole, wooded course is divided into two 18-hole courses that offer beginners and advanced players a challenging game. Visitors can find disc golf accessories at stores near the park.

BIRDING
The Audubon Society designated Meeman-Shelby an Important Bird Area in 2006. The 13,476-acre park contains bottomland hardwoods, swamps, lakes and upland forest. There are over 20 miles of trails in the park which offer great opportunities for birding. Over 240 species of birds have been reported from the park. Substantial numbers of neotropical migrants can be found during the spring and fall migrations. Summer breeding birds include cerulean, Swainson’s and hooded warblers, Mississippi kites, anhinga, yellow-crowned night-herons and great egrets. In winter, visit Poplar Tree Lake for waterfowl and the boat ramp to the Mississippi River for gulls, ducks, and geese flying over. Owls, woodpeckers, wild turkey and other resident birds are common year-round. For more locations, VIEW FLYER.

BIKING
The 5-mile bike trail is a down and back, intermediate trailsuitable for a cross or mountain bike. The trail has a little bit of everything: flat areas, smooth pavement, switchbacks and some great turns. It’s also well marked so you won’t get lost. It’s short, but has good elevation gain without ever getting too steep. Most of the trail is along a paved closed road before narrowing to drop off the Chickasaw Bluffs. If you are looking for a great ride to get away from the city and weave your way through a large forest, look no further. Portions of the trail by Shelter 2 can accommodate wheelchairs and strollers.
Trail Length: 5 miles
Trail Rating: Intermediate

BOATING
The park has a free launch ramp on the Mississippi River, and a year-round boat ramp on 125-acre Poplar Tree Lake. Jon boats are available for rent at the park boat dock from March through November. Personally owned boats with an electric motor are allowed on the lakes for a small launch fee. Gasoline motors are allowed on Poplar Tree Lake when operated at No Wake speed. Contact the park office for information about guided canoe and pontoon boat programs. PLEASE NOTE: boat rentals are cash or check only. No credit cards are accepted at this time.

FISHING
Poplar Tree Lake (100 acre) provides bank and boat fishing for bass, bluegill and catfish. Some outstanding largemouth bass have been taken from the lake. Fish length and creel limits are posted. A special lake permit fee is required for fishing and a launch fee is charged for personal jon boats, canoes and kayaks.
Piersol Lake (32 acre) provides good fishing for bass, bluegill and catfish. Black bass, bluegill and redear sunfish restrictions do not apply on Piersol Lake. A special lake permit fee is required for fishing and a launch fee is charged for personal jon boats, canoes and kayaks.

HIKING
Meeman-Shelby Forest offers more than 20 miles of trails that wind throughout the park. Trails range from moderate to very rugged and some are multi-use. The Chickasaw Bluff Trail offers a longer trek while the Pioneer Springs Trail and Woodland Trail offer shorter jaunts. The multi-use Horse Trail is open to horses and hikers, and meanders along a bluff with the largest loop overlooking Poplar Tree Lake. The Horse Trail closes for inclement weather and wet conditions. The multi-use Bike Trail weaves through the forest and accommodates strollers. Trail and topography maps are available at the visitors center.
Woodland Trail — 3.5 Miles — Natural Surface — moderate
Chickasaw Bluff Trail — 8.0 Miles — Natural Surface — Moderate
Pioneer Springs Trail — 4.0 Miles — Natural Surface — Moderate
Bicycle Trail — 5.0 Miles — Paved Surface — Moderate
Horse trail/Multi use trail — 8.5 Miles — Natural Surface — Easy

HORSEBACK RIDING
The eight and one half mile Horse Trail is open to horses and hikers. It meanders along a bluff with the largest loop overlooking Poplar Tree Lake. Rental horses are not available. Visitors must bring their own horse. The horse trail closes for inclement weather and wet conditions. Please call 901-876-5215 to see if the trail is open. Trail and topography maps are available at the visitors center.

PAVILIONS
Rates: $75
Taxes and fees are not included. Rates subject to change.
Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park has a total of 6 picnic shelters/pavilions that may be reserved for your next event or gathering. Depending on the shelter, the maximum capacity ranges from 30 to 100 people. The shelters are equipped with picnic tables, a grill and access to restrooms.
Full day shelter reservations may be made online or by calling the park. If you are interested in reserving a shelter for less than a full day, please contact the park office for availability information.
Picnic shelters or pavilions may be reserved online up to one year in advance with a paid reservation fee. There is a $3.00 cancellation fee for picnic shelter or pavilion reservations cancelled 8 days or more in advance of the reserved date. Reservations cancelled 7 days or less in advance of the reserved date forfeit all paid fees.

GROUP FACILITIES
Meeman-Shelby Forest - Piersol Group Camp
The Piersol Group Camp at Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park is located on 25-acre Piersol Lake. This group camp can accommodate up to 140 people. Available from April - October, the camp is rented by the week only during the summer months, and on weekends at other times. A deposit is required; reservations should be made well in advance. Price is:
$300 a day

Meeman Shelby Forest - Meeting and Conference Rooms
Meeman-Shelby Forest has several event spaces ideal for group gatherings and the park is a popular location for rustic weddings.
In the Visitor Center, there is a 1250 sq. ft. meeting room available with tables and chairs to seat 50. Room dimensions are 30' x 45'. It is handicap accessible. It is available year round and reservations need to be made in advance.
The Recreation Building has three meeting rooms inside its 3000 sq. ft. interior. It has tables and chairs to seat 150. It is available from April 1 through October 31. The main meeting room is 40' x 75'. Reservations need to be made in advance. Rental fee for the lodge is $275 per day Monday-Thursday, $350 per day Friday-Sunday.
In both locations, there is limited audio-visual equipment. Food and beverages can be catered in, as needed.
Please contact the park office directly for detailed pricing, reservations and more information.

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910 Riddick Rd
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