Memphis, in southwestern Shelby County, Tennessee, United States, is a city along the Mississippi River. Its estimated population in 2019 was 651,073, making it the second-most populous city in Tennessee, behind Nashville, the 28th-largest in the country, and the largest city along the Mississippi River. Greater Memphis, with a population of 1,348,260 in 2017, is the 42nd-largest metropolitan area in the United States. The city is the anchor of West Tennessee and the greater Mid-South region, which includes parts of neighboring Arkansas, Mississippi, and the Bootheel of Missouri. Memphis is the seat of Tennessee's most populated county, Shelby County. Memphis has a wide range of landscapes and distinct communities, one of the most historical and culturally prominent cities of the southern United States.
Hiking in Memphis is an enjoyable activity as well as a perfect source of exercise for individuals of all ages. However you might end up getting lost or even hurt if you go on a hike unprepared
Do the following in order to remain healthy on a hike in Memphis:
Consult a Park Ranger.
When choosing where to go for a walk, your best bet is normally a national or state park. They are staffed by rangers with a wealth of knowledge on what you need to stay safe in that specific place. Give the park office a call before your walk, visit the official National Park Service (NPS) site, or stop by the office before you leave the trail.
Create an itinerary and share it with someone outside of the group.
Draw up a rough plan that all the members of your group agree on long before you leave the trail. Include your starting point and time, destination, route, and planned finish time. When estimating timing, bear in mind that it can be very hard to estimate how long a hike will take when it comes to new terrain. Planning to start early, be cautious with your time frame, and not be too optimistic. Share this plan with at least one person who doesn't go hiking with you. You can leave these details with the park office as well. If you don't go back in time, someone will be able to relay this crucial information to a search party if necessary.
Take at least one of your colleagues.
Make it a social activity to eliminate the possibility of being stranded on its own in a desperate situation. There's at least one companion out there that can get help. Before you head off, you and your companions can discuss a few things, such as how strenuous a hike you're all right with, your general itinerary, and an emergency plan. The last two deserve a little more info, so let's get to it.
Customize your First Aid Kit.
Buying a pre-made first aid kit containing products such as adhesive and elastic cover bandages and antiseptic. This will help you deal with the most common hiking accidents, such as scrapes, ankle rolls, and bug bites. You can find a first aid kit in a drug store or online. You may also assemble your own tips from the Red Cross.
Having these tips in mind will help keep you safe when you go hiking.
Shield yourself from the heat.
Your first line of defense is good timing. To avoid the peak hours of sun and humidity, most seasoned hikers head out early in the morning or late in the afternoon. Also, pay note to the weather forecast. If it's going to be 100 degrees and clear skies, it's not the ideal day for a four-hour walk through the shady terrain.
Pack up the 10 Essentials.
The 10 Essentials is a list of emergency provisions originally developed by Pacific Northwest hiking and non-profit conservation of the Mountaineers. According to the Mountaineers, the purpose of the 10 Essentials is to ensure that you can respond to an emergency and spend at least one night outdoors. It's a classic hiking culture reference point for beginners and experts alike. Here's the extended edition of the 10 Basics of NPS:
- Set of First Aid
- Navigation: map, compass, GPS
- Defense of the skin: sunscreen, sun glasses, hat
- Isolation: jacket/raincoat, extra layers
- Lighting: torch, lantern, or headlamp
- Fire: matches, lighter, starts of fire
- Repair kit: duct tape and multi-functional tool
- Nutrition: at least an extra day's supply of non-cooked, nutritious food
- Hydration: water and/or water purification
- Emergency shelter: tent, space blanket, tarp, bivouac (as in, emergency shelter for a sleeping bag)
Stay on the trail.
For your own safety, natural resources, other hikers, and a possible search party, it's paramount that you stay on that trail.
Beautiful Memphis, Tennessee, is jam-packed with some of the state’s best hiking trails. If you’re a resident or just a visitor, make sure to check these hikes with your friends and family:
- Nesbit Park – Stanky Creek Trails
- Wolf River Refuge Trailhead
- Wolf River Greenway
- Big River Crossing
- The Hampline Agricenter Sunflower Trail
- Shelby Farms Park
- Tour de Wolf Trailhead
- V&E Greenline
- Chickasaw Trailhead
These amazing trails are located just down the street from our location at South Third Street across from The Southgate Shopping Center. Stop by for a visit anytime!