Explore The Wolf River Greenway On Mud Island

Posted by Holly Whitfield | October 19th 2017 1166 0

You’ve probably walked along the Mississippi River – but have you walked along Memphis’ other major waterway, the Wolf River? With the Wolf River Greenway, you’ll one day be able to follow Wolf all the way from downtown Memphis out to Collierville.

This Saturday, the North Mud Island portion of the Wolf River Greenway has a grand opening celebration from 11 a.m to 2 p.m. Read on to find out more about the Greenway and details about this Saturday.

The north end of Mud Island used to be a trash heap, but now it’s a beautiful park and pathway! Hooray! It’s a part of the Wolf River Greenway and it officially opens on Saturday.

What is the Wolf River Greenway?

The Wolf River Greenway is a paved walking/biking path that will meander along the Wolf River from the Mississippi River through Memphis and into Shelby Farms and beyond. Right now, only a couple phases of the Greenway are complete. The Mud Island bit (which probably needs its own name) opens this Saturday, October 21.

Unlike the Greenline, which is a generally straight rails-to-trails path, the Wolf River Greenway is more winding with varied terrain, boardwalks, bridges, etc. There’s currently a 2.6 mile street that’s already complete – across from Baptist near Shelby Farms at Humphreys Boulevard. Eventually, I’m told that the Greenway will connect to the Shelby Farms Greenline.

The Greenway is for walking, biking, rollerblading, skating, running, strollers, etc., anything that doesn’t have a motor; however, motorized mobility devices are welcomed and encouraged.

Mud Island North End – Wolf River Greenway

The downtown phase (“phase 1”) that will open on Saturday is a loop that starts at the northern point of Mud Island aka the confluence of the Mississippi River and the Wolf River. It’s 1.2 miles long. If you’re driving down there, you can park in the lot at the north end of Greenbelt Park.

October 21, 2017 Grand Opening Event

This Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., celebrate the opening of the Greenway with free yoga classes, food trucks, beer, games, chalk art, t-shirt printing, face painting, tours from Jimmy Ogle at 10, 11, and noon, plus Amurica Photo. Everything’s free except food/beer and t-shirts.

What’s Next For The Wolf River Greenway
There are two more phases that will be complete by the end of the year, and another phase that just broke ground and will be finished next year.

  • Phase 9: Epping Way: Scheduled for completion December 2017: 2 bike/ped bridges. Approx. 1 mile in length
  • Phase 11: Kennedy Park: Scheduled for completion end of November 2017: 6 bike/ped bridges. Approx. 2 miles in length
  • Phase 14B: TVA Powerline to Walnut Grove: Under construction. Connects to completed trail phases 2 and 3. Two bike/ped bridges. Completion date Summer 2018. Approx. 1.4 miles in length

Before: overgrown, inaccessible. Not pictures: Hundreds of tires and other rubbish people had thrown out over the years.

 

After: Don’t you want to come and walk??

Go There:

Wolf River Greenway Downtown Opening
October 21, 2017
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Intersection of Island Drive and North Mud Island Drive


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. Karoline says:

    Terrific!

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