Mark Lowenstein
Dec 7, 2017 · 2 min read

Note: For our complete Memphis running guide, please visit the Great Runs website. Below is a summary.

Memphis is the hub of the Chickasaw Bluff, the high floodplain which sits at the confluence of the Wolf and Mississippi Rivers. Running in Memphis features great riverfront paths, greenways, and parks. The best places to run in Memphis include the Riverwalk along the Mississippi, Harbor Island, and a series of wonderful greenway trails: Shelby Farms Greenline, Wolf River, and Germantown routes. Shelby Farms Park is one of the largest urban parks in the country and has a great variety of trails. Audubon Park and Overton Park are popular for running. We’ve also mapped out ‘runseeing’ tours of downtown Memphis and the up and coming Cooper Young neighborhood.

Memphis Runseeing Tour. Hit the top tourist destinations in Memphis with this tour of downtown.

Riverwalk & Big River Crossing. One of the gems of Memphis running. 3 mile loop from Martyrs Park in the south up to Union Ave.

Harbor Town Island. An upscale neighborhood just across a small bridge from downtown. High-end homes, marina views, and miles of trails.

Shelby Farms Greenline. Great opportunity for a long run, which stretches over 10.5 miles from Midtown Memphis to the Cordova neighborhood.

Shelby Farms Park. One of the largest urban parks of the country. Just west of downtown. 10-mile Greenline trail runs through the southern end of the park, 2.3 mile paved trail around the lake, wooded Chickasaw Trail, and South Trail parallel to Walnut Grove Road.

Wolf River/Germantown Greenway. The Wolf River Greenway meets up with the Germantown Greenway to form a network of paved bike paths perfect for a long or short run.

Cooper Young Neighborhood. One of the hippest neighborhoods in Memphis is a wonderful place to stay if you’re visiting Memphis, and a great location for an urban run.

Overton Park. One of the gems of running in Memphis, with 342 acres of grassy public lands, including a designated running loop.

Audubon Park. Long green space bordering a beautiful golf course. The surrounding neighborhood includes the Memphis Botanical Gardens and the Dixon Gallery and Gardens, both worth a detour.

Our complete guide to running in Memphis.

Great Runs

Ultimate Guide to the Best Places to Run in the World's Major Cities and Destinations. @greatruns by Mark Lowenstein

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Author of Great Runs Guide. For Travelers Who Run and Runners Who Travel

Great Runs

Ultimate Guide to the Best Places to Run in the World's Major Cities and Destinations. @greatruns by Mark Lowenstein

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