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Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park, Millington

Categories: State Parks, Hiking Trails, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
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3.7/5 based on 50 reviews on the web
Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park is a state park in Shelby County, Tennessee near Memphis, Tennessee, located in the Southeastern United States. The park borders the Mississippi River and contains two lakes— Poplar Tree Lake and Lake Piersol. The Meeman Museum and Nature Center— named for conservationist and journalist Edward J. Meeman, the former editor of the Memphis Press-Scimitar, — is located on the park's grounds. The park covers 13467acre and is the most visited state park in Tennessee.The unincorporated community Shelby Forest is adjacent to the park.Attractions and activities available Biking trails Boating Cabins Camping Disc Golf course Fishing Group Camping Hiking Trails Meeman Museum and Nature Center Picnic Facilities Swimming
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  • Highly recommend arriving during daylight hours for camping! It gets pretty dark because of all the trees and minimal lights. Do NOT miss the turn for the campground! We ended up on a one way road for...  read more »
  • Shelby Forest in beautiful but obviously needed some major attention. The picnic tables were in a state of disrepair and quite frankly, I would not want to eat off them. The lodge looked run down too....  read more »
  • Very nice park. So many things to do. Wonderful drive. Very scenic. Can get right up to the shoes of the Mississippi River. Picnic areas throughout. 
  • Awesome park with lots of places for the kids to explore. Bring tons of bug spray for mosquitoes, ticks, chargers, and other bugs. We stayed in the cabins for a full week and had a great time! The cabins are nice, but also have a rustic feel free to them. I'd go again!
  • We rented a cabin there and it was AMAZING!! The lady at the visitors center was so friendly. The area is truly in beautiful nature. I'd go back in a heart beat. My 3 kids, ages 3, 9 & 11, absolutely loved it also.
  • We rented a cabin for the 4th of July weekend at Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park. We had some trouble getting there at first. We didn't realize that we had to go to the visitor center first to get the keys and then go to the cabins, so at first the directions we received took us straight to the cabin area. After the checking in adventure, everything was awesome. The cabin was great and spacious. Ours was pet friendly so I enjoyed that I could bring my dog along. There were trails for hiking and we enjoyed a 6 mile hike after going down to see the river. Each cabin had a grill and fully stocked kitchen, so we were able to cook everything we brought with ease. They even provided some coffee to brew. The icing on the cake was that I received 25% off during booking as a TN state employee. Our group had a great time and I would definitely return.
  • We stayed at Meeman-Shelby State Park Campground in a 30’ travel trailer. DO NOT USE GPS with the location of “Meeman-Shelby State Park” to get here if you are trying to get to the campground. Use 7812 Bluff Rd, Millington TN to get to the campground!! If you use “Meeman Shelby State Park” you will get to the park, but you will end up on a very narrow road with your rig going from the south side of the park to the north side where the campground check-in is located. The drive is beautiful, but narrow. you don’t use GPS, from US Hwy 51 take Hwy 388/N Watkins Rd (4-lane) North until it dead-ends. Turn left onto Locke Cuba Rd and go to the stop sign with the “General Store” on the corner. Turn right onto Bluff Rd and about a mile down on your left is the Park Entrance. This is a very beautiful park with lots of outdoor activities. The staff was very friendly and helpful. The campground sites are heavily wooded with lots of shade. Water pressure was very good at 60lbs. There is absolutely no cell phone/data service at the park. We were ok with this, just be aware. The downside to this heavily wooded campground is the large mosquito population. Using mosquito spray did not seem to affect them, they came in droves. Opening the camper door briefly to get in or out resulted in a hunting expedition for the numerous mosquitoes that came in. The mosquitoes also invaded the bathrooms/showers. This required a dance to swat and shower.
  • A hidden treasure in the Memphos area. Beautiful forest. Feel like you are in the mountains. Two or the great Frisbee Golf courses along with hiking, swimming, etc.
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