In less than a decade, the Shelby Farms Greenline has helped inspire a new culture of biking and walking in Memphis. About 200,000 people use the Greenline each year. The trail currently runs for nearly 7 miles between Tillman Street in Binghampton (east of Midtown Memphis) and Farm Road in Shelby Farms. The greenline is built upon the bed of a former CSX Railroad line, which was abandoned in 2001.
A highlight of the route is access to the 4,500-acre Shelby Farms Park, one of the largest urban parks in the country. With woodlands, wetlands, and lakes, the park is full of natural beauty and offers a unique connection to wildlife for city dwellers. The park even contains a herd of buffalo!
Shelby County and Shelby Farms Park Conservancy are planning a 4.3-mile eastward extension of the rail-trail and broke ground on the project in August 2015. The groundbreaking took place near the Old Cordova Rail House, which marks the eastern terminus of the trail. Construction is scheduled for completion in summer 2016.
Access the trail where it crosses Tillman St., Highland St., High Point Terrace, Graham St., Waring Rd., Podesta St., Sycamore View Rd., Mullins Station Rd. and at Farm Rd. in Shelby Farms Park (between Mullins Station Road and Walnut Grove Road).
To get to the park, from the west, take I-240 to the Walnut Grove Exit and go east to the third stop light. The park is on both sides of the road. Turn left at the light. From the east follow Walnut Grove or Mullins Station until you see the signs for the park.