Pioneer Springs - Chickasaw Bluff Combination Trail at Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park

Memphis, Tennessee 38109

Pioneer Springs - Chickasaw Bluff Combination Trail at Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park

Pioneer Springs - Chickasaw Bluff Combination Trail at Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This trail begins at the well-marked trailhead at Poplar Tree Lake and heads north along Chickasaw Bluff No. 3, hugging the edge of marshy bottomland that is rich in wildlife (including mosquitoes).

The trail passes the Pioneer Springs, connecting briefly with the Woodland Trail and the Bicycle Trail near the Woodland Shelter, and continues along the bluff paralleling Riddick Road. There you might see raccoons and beaver, in addition to the usual squirrels, frogs, and toads. The trail then turns in to end at the Piersol Lake access loop roads. You can also hike the reverse, from north to south, but the trailhead is harder to find at the north end."

Pioneer Springs - Chickasaw Bluff Combination Trail at Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park Trip Reports

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2/18/2009
Trail are in good condition, but it is not the most scenic of hikes.
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10/21/2007
Chickasaw Bluffs is not bad for a casual retreat. Make sure you bring your bug spray. During the early fall the swamp area mesqueitos, while small, are very numerous.
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1/12/2006
Meeman Shelby Forest State Park has several well-maintained, well-marked trails. The Chickasaw Bluff trail is 8 miles end to end. Pioneer Springs Trail for the most part runs parallel to the Chickasaw Bluffs trail, and is 3.5 miles end to end. There is a three-mile looped trail called Woodlands Trail that has a few steep climbs (for Mississippi Delta country, that is) but most of the walk is fairly level. There is a bridge out on the Pioneer Springs Trail. As long as the creek is dry, it's easy enough to climb down and out on the other side. If there has been heavy rain, crossing will be more difficult. In fall, the trees put on a good show of color. In spring, you can see quite a few flowering varieties. If you're looking for a challenge, this is definitely not the trail you want. But for a nice, quiet outing in the woods, it's a welcome retreat.
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Trail Information

Memphis
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
7.6
Distance
Shuttle
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
5 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
430 feet
Trailhead Elevation
feet
Top Elevation
Meeman-Shelby State Park, 901-876-5215
Local Contacts
USGS quad 403SE, Locke
Local Maps