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How To Enjoy The Trails of Shelby Farms Park

This beautiful weather has us thinking about what’s great about being in the great outdoors! While restrooms, bike and boat rentals, the Lake’s Edge Gift Shop and the Visitor Center are temporarily closed, all Park trails, including Shelby Farms Greenline, are still open during regular Park hours. We’ve put together some trail tips to help you enjoy running, biking and walking on any of the scenic trails at Shelby Farms Park!


1. There are many trails to choose from! Shelby Farms Park has more than 40 miles of trails, both paved and unpaved, offering visitors a variety of experiences. Popular trails include Shelby Farms Greenline (10.65 miles), the Chickasaw Trail (2.75 miles) and the Baptist Memorial Health Care Promenade around Hyde Lake (2.34 miles). Because these trails are popular, they are often the busiest, so if you’re visiting the Park soon, check out this list to find other less-traveled trails!

We want to give a special thank you to our corporate supporter Campbell Clinic in sponsoring mile markers along the Greenline.


2. Trails are shared spaces! Park trails are multi-use, so you can bike, walk on your own or with your pup, provided they're on a leash and that you clean up after them. Yes, dogs must be on-leash on all trails at all times. At this time, visitors should maintain a 6ft distance between each other while enjoying the trails to help slow the potential spread of COVID-19.

3. You run the trails, and the trails run on your support! Caring for the Park’s many miles of trails is hard work, and it’s a team effort! Park teams work hard 365 days a year to keep trails clean, green, safe and open. Shelby Farms Park Conservancy relies on the generosity of visitors and supporters to earn and raise $5.2 million a year (that’s about $11,000 a day!) to do the work it takes to keep your Park open and accessible. If you are able, please consider making a one-time or recurring monthly gift here. Even small gifts make a big difference!

Have a safe and healthy week, Park fans!  

You can stay up to date on the Park’s response to COVID-19 as well as updates and any closures that may occur here.

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