Memphis is the hub of the Chickasaw Bluff, the high floodplain which sits at the confluence of the Wolf and Mississippi Rivers. Entangled in a turbulent history of Native American and civil rights, Memphis emerged in the 20th century as a cultural center of the American South, especially noteworthy for Blues and Rock and Roll music. Running in Memphis features great riverfront paths, greenways, and parks.
The best places to run in Memphis include the Riverwalk along the Mississippi, Harbor Island, and a series of wonderful greenway trails: Shelby Farms Greenline, Wolf River, and Germantown routes. Shelby Farms Park is one of the largest urban parks in the country and has a great variety of trails. Audubon Park and Overton Park are popular for running. We’ve also mapped out ‘runseeing’ tours of downtown Memphis and the up and coming Cooper Young neighborhood.
The Memphis Area Transit Authority (MATA) bus service is quite extensive. There are also a number of free tour shuttles which offer hop on hop off service to some of the tourist hotspots. A special MATA shuttle runs to Shelby Farms Park on weekends. Memphis Running Tours offers group runs.