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TENNESSEE WILDLIFE VIEWING TRAIL » West Tennessee
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Shelby Farms Park
Just east of I-240 in East Memphis along the Wolf River, Memphis, TN
(P) 901-382-0235
Site Directions: From I-240 in East Memphis, take Walnut Grove Road (TN Highway 23) east across the Wolf River. The park lies on both sides of Walnut Grove Road on the east side of the Wolf River.
Lat-Long: 35.135405,-89.835732, main parking lot
Seasonality: year round
Fees: none
Landmarks: Signs along TN Route 23.

Site Description: The park is a 4,500 acre county park containing a great variety of habitats including the Wolf River and associated aquatic habitats, bottomland hardwood forest and swamp, upland hardwood forest, pine forest, pasture, cultivated farmland, etc. Numerous small wood lots occur in the upland part. The Lucius Burch State Natural Area lies along the Wolf River and is mostly bottomland hardwood forest. Over 20 miles of trails are present along with numerous farm ponds and lakes.

Wildlife to Watch:
The large variety of habitats present insures that a wide variety of birds will be present year around. Some 217 species have been reported.

Site History:
The area now occupied by the park was saved from a massive commercial development plan in the early 1970's. It is now managed as a multi-use recreational area and is one of the largest urban parks in the United States.

For more information:

Shelby Farms Park Conservancy
Birds of Shelby Farms from eBird submissions

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Be sure to check out our Safety Tips page for important information regarding viewing wildlife in these areas.