Find Some Hidden Quiet at Lichterman Nature Center

Posted by Holly Whitfield | October 13th 2010 5223 11

You would think that it would be difficult to hide a 65-acre arboretum in the middle of a busy urban area.

Apparently, it’s easier than you’d think. The Lichterman Nature Center sits smack in the middle of East Memphis. Though the entrance is marked with a sign, it’s easy to accidentally pass it if you’re not paying attention.

Lichterman Nature Center, Memphis, Tenn.

Lichterman Nature Center, Memphis, Tenn.

It’s also surprising how easy it is to forget that you’re in the middle of the city when you walk the trails at Lichterman. Its paved trails are peaceful and shady. The only reminder that the city is nearby is the occasional glimpse of office buildings peeking over the trees.

On the lake trail, Lichterman Nature Center, Memphis, Tenn.

On the lake trail, Lichterman Nature Center, Memphis, Tenn.

The trails wind through meadows and forest, through giant fields of powerline-eating Kudzu. There’s a long boardwalk through a lily pad filled marsh and bridges over the lake. If you need some serious head-clearing, Lichterman is the perfect place to get it done.

The center is also home to the Backyard Wildlife Center, an educational building that houses live animals and hands-on exhibits. When you’re in the visitor’s center, be sure to check out the huge display of various taxidermied Mid-South native critters. I especially love this cat in action:

Action cat! Lichterman Nature Center, Memphis, Tenn.

Action cat! Lichterman Nature Center, Memphis, Tenn.

Lichterman Nature Center is part of the Pink Palace family of museums, so if you’re a member at the Pink Palace, you can get into Lichterman for free. Admission is $6 for adults and $4.50 for kids. Admission is free on Tuesdays from 1 p.m. until close.

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Go There:

Lichterman Nature Center

5992 Quince Rd
Memphis, TN 38119
(901) 767-7322

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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  1. […] that we happened to get a photo at the Lichterman Nature Center the same week Kerry from the I Love Memphis blog featured the […]

  2. Lana Irby Ramsey says:

    Lichterman Nature Center is an excellent place to do Eagle Scout projects.  My son did his project at the nature center several years ago.  His project was creating an outdoor classroom off one of the trails.  It not only helped him but it was an asset to the center by creating a rest area for visitors.  If you need to take a break from the rush of the city, visit Lichterman.  You'll never regret it!

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