Top Ten Campsites near Nashville and Memphis
The first surprise will be the vast forests you'll find in the steep ravines of the Chickasaw Bluffs. Large beech, tulip, and sycamore trees grow in the ravines, while towering oaks thrive on the higher ground.
Dogwood Ridge Campground lies amid a tall deciduous forest. The spacious sites are a little close together, but infrequent use increases the likelihood of having some privacy. There is water, electricity, and hot showers at the campground.
The Chickasaw Trail runs eight miles along the western edge of Chickasaw Bluff, spanning streams that flow to the Mississippi. Keep an eye out for plentiful wildlife as you go, such as hawks, beaver, and raccoons. The Woodland Trail winds through forest along creeks and past small oxbow lakes. The Pioneer Springs Trail passes an historic water source, used by the Chickasaw Indians and settlers alike, as it cruises along the base of the bluffs. Mountain bikers can ply the Bicycle Trail, which makes a five-mile car-free trek. Both paved and gravel roads offer other pedaling opportunities.
Lately, I've seen more and more sea kayaking the Mississippi. Paddlers drop their boats into the swift water and cruise the scenic shoreline. One trip, which requires a shuttle, heads downstream from Meeman-Shelby 18 miles to Mud Island. Along the way are sand bars in excess of 100 acres that make for riverine beachcombing.
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