Overton Park is the home of the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, the Memphis College of Art, and the Overton Park Municipal Golf ... More
Overton Park is the home of the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, the Memphis College of Art, and the Overton Park Municipal Golf Course. The park by itself is a lovely place to visit. There are trails for hiking and biking, tennis courts, a playground, picnic area, and huge, shady trees to relax under.The rainbow-painted amphitheater, once the location of concerts by Elvis Presley and ZZ Top, is now seldom used, but still a good place to sit and ponder the glories of music gone by.
Overton Park is the Memphis version of Balboa Park in San Diego, or Central Park in NYC. Of course it's not as big, but niether is Memphis. It's a large green space in the middle of the city with a great art museum, a really great zoo, a 9-hole golf course, an art museum, and some playgrounds. It's a great place for a stroll, a picnic, a bike ride, etc.
A previous post warned of "undesirables." I've never seen anyone to fear in Overton Park. There are plenty of cretins in Memphis (like all urban areas), but there are also better places for them to get their thug on than Overton Park. It's a nice park.
overton park is wonderful. the nature trails are so peaceful. i've never seen anything or anyone "undesirable" out there- just people like myself looking for a little getaway in the middle of the city. sure, there are no police, but you're close enough to plenty of places to get help, should you need it. if you feel unsafe, keep your cell phone handy. but i, a young woman, have gone out there several times by myself and never felt unsafe. i think the whole park is wonderful. i'd recommend it to anyone.
I wouldn't go into the woods here if I were you. Lots
of undesirables wandering around in this thick, dense
wood. Went with family on "nature hike" and couldn't wait to get the hell out. No families...just young "unattached males", which is the most dangerous animal alive. Stay in the open field and around the veterans memorial...NOT the nature trails. No police to be seen anywhere. It is in a big city where there're lots of places to hide.
Find the Old Forest Nature trails and check out the trillium, wild phlox, oaks and hickories, May Apples and great birding in March! 170 acres of old forest according to the literature, though I didn't get to explore it all. Very nice respite in the middle of a city!
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