On the western edge of Tennessee just north of Memphis lies Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park. This is a forested park with over 13,000 acres of recreation area and wilderness refuge that borders the Mississippi River and features mature bald cypresses and Tupelo Swamp.
The park hosts a number of endangered and protected plants and is a habitat for deer, turkey, beaver, otter, foxes, and even bobcats. Bald eagles, other birds of prey, and songbirds make the area a great place for bird watching. Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park has year-round camping.
There are 49 sites in secluded woods; each has a picnic table, grill, electrical hookups, and water hookups. Sites can fit RVs up to 40 feet long. There is also a primitive campground for scout groups and a group camp that holds up to 140 people. The group camp is open from April to October.
There are also cabins with fully-equipped kitchens. One cabin is pet-friendly. You can make camping or cabin reservations up to a year in advance. Fishing is permitted on the Mississippi River and two lakes in the park, Poplar Tree Lake, and Pierson Lake. The lakes offer chances to catch bass, bluegill, sunfish, and catfish. There are permits and fees required to launch boats, canoes, and kayaks.
There are more than 20 miles of hiking trails throughout the park. Trails vary in length and complexity, and some are multi-use. A biking trail, which is five miles long and intermediate challenge. Most of the trail is paved. There are no fees for admission to Tennessee state parks.
Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park is open year-round from 7 AM to 10 PM. Pets are welcome at Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park on a leash or inside a crate. Be respectful of park rules and do not bring aggressive dogs or those who disturb other guests or park wildlife.
Clean up all pet waste. If you’re looking for a beautiful, wild forest area to explore and enjoy, Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park has plenty to do and a wide variety of wildlife to observe. Bring your pup and your family and spend the day or the weekend.