Once warmer weather hits us, there’s nothing quite like a bike ride in the open air. Gliding along a path in a gorgeous locale, you feel the breeze on your face and take in the sights and sounds of nature while fitting a little activity into your day. And you might be surprised to find there are plenty of amazing places for biking in Memphis.
While it’s known for its music and BBQ, the Bluff City certainly doesn’t skimp on beautiful places to get active!
Check out our guide to biking in Memphis, and prepare for a leisurely ride this spring or summer. We’ve compiled some Memphian favorites that you can check out on two wheels with your family or friends. So strap the helmets on the kids or invite your friends to join you!
But most important, you’ll want to heed proper safety precautions:
- Always wear a helmet that fits properly on your head.
- Make sure your bicycle is the correct size for your height.
- Check your equipment and make sure tires are inflated and brakes are working properly. It’s a good idea to carry a spare tube and tools needed to change a flat with you while you ride.
- Make sure you’re visible. Ideally, ride during bright daylight hours, and always wear reflective clothing or gear and colors that contrast with those of the environment you’re riding in (for example, neon yellow may blend with lush, green surroundings compared to orange, red or blue).
- Be aware of your surroundings. Make sure you’re keeping an eye on the path to ensure it’s clear and safe.
Now that you’re ready to safely ride, let’s check out some beautiful places for biking in Memphis!
Shelby Farms Park
When we’re talking about getting active in Memphis, Shelby Farms comes up a lot. With more than 4,500 acres of natural beauty and more than 10 miles of urban trails, it’s a gem in our city. With plenty of wooded trails, paved paths and gorgeous lakes, it’s one of the largest urban parks in the country and a must for any rider.
Shelby Farms Greenline
Another gem in Memphis, the Shelby Farms Greenline is 10.8 miles of urban trails connecting Midtown to Shelby Farms Park. Paved and frequently shaded, the Greenline is a wonderful option if you’re thinking about biking in Memphis. You’ll feel energized by the canopy of trees and refreshing breeze during a ride on this path. There are also free bike repair stations along the trail, so you never have to worry if you get a flat while you ride.
Wolf River Greenway
Situated along the Wolf River, the Wolf River Greenway is a beautiful place to bike in Memphis. And there’s an exciting development for enthusiasts of this path: more than 20 miles of additional trail are in the works, eventually extending the Greenway from Mud Island in downtown Memphis to the current access point in Germantown.
The Wolf River Greenway is conveniently located for many Memphians in East Memphis near Germantown. Here’s a helpful guide for cyclists.
Interested in taking your biking to the next level? Consider joining the Memphis Hightailers. You can meet other active Memphians and explore the city by bike on their weekly rides. There are speed and skill classifications for all levels of riders, so don’t think it’s only for Tour de France hopefuls!
Where’s your favorite place to bike in Memphis?
Most outdoor activities have some level of risk, and you may need to consult an expert before engaging in the activity. Always check the current weather conditions before embarking on any outdoor activity.
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