Reasons to Love Memphis #28 – The Old Forest

Posted by Holly Whitfield | February 10th 2010 1372 19

The Old Forest, Memphis, Tenn.

One of the best things about living here is that even though Memphis is very much a city, there are a lot of places where it's easy to forget that. My favorite is Overton Park, the giant area in Midtown that is home to the Brooks Museum, the Memphis College of Art, a golf course, the Memphis Zoo, the greensward (that's the formal name for the giant field), and the Old Forest.

The Old Forest is a huge 172-acre wooded area that is one of the only old growth forests left in Tennessee. There are some paved trails through it that are perfect for walking and biking. Even though the forest is bordered on one side by East Parkway, it's a completely quiet, tranquil place.

A trail through Old Forest, Memphis, Tenn.

The old forest has its own activist group – the  Citizens to Preserve Overton Park are dedicated to preserving this beloved bit of Memphis.

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The Old Forest at Overton Park

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Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

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