365 Things to Do in Memphis #117: Take a Break, Climb a Mound
Sometimes, you need a place to get away from it all.
The mounds in Chickasaw Heritage Park just south of Downtown get the job done (and have a great view of the Mississippi River). Assignment #117 in the 365 Things to Do in Memphis is to climb them.
The earth mounds in Chickasaw Heritage park (across the street from the Metal Museum) are one of my favorite places to go when I need some quiet. Even if there are other people around, sitting on top of them and having lunch is like taking a wee tiny vacation.
Plus, this is the view:
According to Memphis Heritage, the mounds were constructed between 400 – 700 AD and 1000 – 1500 AD. One of them is almost plateau-like, while the other (my favorite) has a bowl-shaped crater that’s about four feet deep in the middle of it.
The easiest way to get to the top of the mounds is basically to climb them. They’re pretty steep, so be careful, and don’t wear dumb shoes. Maybe scoot/run down them at an angle. If it’s snowing, they’re a great place to sled (or, without snow, to surf on a piece of cardboard).
Chickasaw Heritage Park is open from dawn until dusk every day.
Please be respectful of the park and clean up any trash, don’t bring glass, bring pet waste bags, etc. As kind as the Metal Museum is to let folks hang out in their neighboring park and grounds, people sometimes do abuse this. Let’s try to prevent that.
Metal Museum Drive
Memphis, TN 38106
This article originally published on April 26, 2012. Updated April 2019.