Reasons to Love Memphis #28 - The Old Forest

Reasons to Love Memphis #28 - The Old Forest

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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[...] of Memphis’ huge urban parks. At Overton Park in Midtown, you can golf, walk through the Old Forest, play soccer or football on the giant field or play on the playground. At Shelby Farms, there are [...]
January 3, 2011 1:13pm

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[...] Overton Park are having a benefit concert to raise money for Old Forest preservation efforts. The Old Forest at Overton Park is the largest old growth forest in Tennessee. The Lorax Posse and Star and Micey are going to [...]
February 12, 2010 11:13am

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[...] Have dinner on the porches at Bahn Thai, Cafe Ole, Fuel, or the Majestic. Take a walk through the Old Forest, or stroll the river trail downtown. Take advantage of it. Leave a comment | Trackback No [...]
March 30, 2010 11:40am