Walking in Memphis: Mud Island River Park

Did I tell you I quit my job? Of course not, I haven’t written a blog post in nearly three years.

So: I quit my job. I’ll write more about why later.

I intended to take a week-long break before starting my new gig, but my start date was pushed back. I had all of these grandiose plans to go to Shelby Farms, hop on a kayak, scoot around Downtown Memphis on a Bird Scooter, and even hop on an Explore Bike and go for a cruise.

But you know what I’ve done the last two weeks? Napped. Visited my mama. Napped. Although I wanted to be fun and adventurous, my body was like, “Nah, we’re good here on the couch.”

A friend had to skip out on lunch plans today, so I wandered over to the Mud Island River Park. In my nearly 20 years in Memphis, it was admittedly only my second time visiting the island. I wanted to take photos, and today was as perfect a day as any to do just that.

If you plan to visit — and I highly recommend you do — here are a few things to know:

  1. The monorail and museum are closed. To access the island you’ll have to get in some steps across the the walk bridge (entrance is on Front Street). Bikers and riders can access the River Park via the north gate on Island Drive.

  2. It’s literally just a park. Because the museum is closed, there’s not anything specific popping. But you can always pack lunch and enjoy the views. Bring water.

  3. You don’t have to cross over to the other side to experience good views! Walk down to the cobblestones at Monroe and Riverside Drive and rent a vessel from Kayak Memphis. I haven’t checked them out yet, but I plan go give it a try before it gets too nippy.

The riverfront as you currently know it is undergoing a major change. For more information visit www.memphisriverparks.org/.

Nicole HarrisComment