There’s no greater gift for a parent than spending time with family. This Father's Day, take dear ol' Dad on an adventure with you that he'll never forget! We have some ideas on how to spend a memorable weekend exploring with Dad over Father's Day or any day!
For the camper ...
Luckily Memphis is near some spectacular campgrounds for RV or tent camping. Some of our top picks go to:
Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park. This park is the most visited state park in Tennessee and is a quick 20 minutes from Downtown Memphis! Bordered by the Mississippi River and containing 2 lakes, campers can do it all - hike, fish, bike, swim and visit the Meeman Museum and Nature Center.
Chickasaw State Park. Located 80 miles west of Memphis in Henderson, TN, this beautiful campground is a noted bird watching site, but if Dad isn't into birds, there's horseback riding, gorgeous lakes for fishing, a golf course, and all kinds of programming and events all year. The park is undergoing renovations so expect an even better camping experience coming soon.
Natchez Trace State Park. If Dad's a hiker, this park has hiking trails ranging from a one-half mile up to 4.5 miles, and a 40-mile overnight trail. The trails wind through the forest and fields and along the lakeshores and streams of the gorgeous Natchez Park. As an added bonus, there are plenty of historical sites to stop by along the journey there.
For the boater ...
Pickwick Lake. A local favorite, this is the perfect lake if you want to socialize with other boaters and enjoy its landmarks. At about 2 1/2 hours away from Memphis, Pickwick is the perfect getaway to take the family for the weekend and holidays. There are great local restaurants and the convenience of lots ofmarinas to store your boat. If you’re looking for smooth water to wakeboard, ski, or wakesurf, the Tombigbee waterway is the spot to find smooth water at all times.
Sardis Lake, MS: Sardis is located about an hour away from Memphis making it one of the hot spots for the summer. The lake was built for flood water control purposes, but not many of the 5 million people that visit each year know this. The lake has and abundance of bass and is great for watersports and camping.
Greers Ferry, AR: At just over 3 hours, this beautiful, clear-water lake is worth the extra effort to get there. During the summer, the lake turns into a mecca for boaters and fishermen. The cool, clear waters and awesome mountainous scenery make for a great weekend out on the water.
For the ATVer ...
While off-road vehicles aren't allowed in Tennessee state parks, there are nearby privately owned options for those who like a 4-wheeled thrill ride.
Coon Creek Off-Road Park. Located in Dyersburg, about an hour-and-a-half’s drive from Memphis, hills and ravines cover more than 450 acres for lots of action-packed riding. Admission is $10 per day per person.
Sugar Creek Trails. Just outside Millington, this 300-acre trail park has a motocross track, drag strip, mud bog, several trails and a creek. Riders may even camp at the site that is practice grounds for professional motocross team The Sugar Creek Boyz. Admission is $10 per ATV.
The Wilderness Trails. DeSoto County riders looking for riding opportunities to the south can turn to The Wilderness Trails in Starkville. Covering 150 acres, the park includes nearly 10 miles of trails and an open riding area for riders of all skill levels. Admission is $15 per day, $35 monthly or $250 per year.y
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