Overview of Memphis
T.O. Fuller State Park
Just east of the Walker Homes district is T.O. Fuller State Park, one of Tennessee's undisputed outdoor gems. Nestled in the stretch of land between the Mississippi River and McKellar Lake, the park spans 1,138 acres of forest. Within its bounds are numerous hiking and walking trails, as well as bike paths and campgrounds, and birdwatching is also a popular activity. Enthusiasts for a variety of activities can be sure to find something just for them.
Those with a love of ecology are likely to take a special interest in what T.O. Fuller has to offer. With a variety of wildflower valleys, upland ponds and grassy meadows, in addition to more unique ecological phenomena like floodplain wetlands, there's plenty to see within the park's bounds that could hold even a seasoned scientist's attention.
The park is bordered on two sides by the Lake Horn Cutoff, so visitors can relax with a waterside picnic after a long hike or bike ride.
Within T.O. Fuller, you'll also discover the Chucalissa Indian Village. The former Indian campsite is now a museum that lies along the Discovery Trail, a 6-mile loop that will bring you past archeological excavations of Native American artifacts. The village is also home to the Southeast Indian Heritage Festival, held each year in October.
Other opportunities for outdoor recreation
The options for getting outside don't end with T.O. Fuller. Walker Homes and South Memphis are dotted with a number of beautiful, well-kept parks of a smaller scale, so you can easily walk from one of the great Memphis apartments in the neighborhood to the outdoor haven of your choice.
Roosevelt Park and Alonzo Weaver Park are located near West Mitchell Road, while just south of these is O. L. Cash Park, featuring extensive walking trails and a calmly running stream. To the north lies Martin Luther King Riverside Park, where golfers can take advantage of a nine-hole course. Located on the banks of McKellar Lake, the park also features a marina where boaters can head into the waters, while elsewhere in the site are sports fields and tennis courts.
Access to nightlife in downtown, other areas
After the parks close down at night, it's easy to get from Walker Homes to other areas of the city to take advantage of the rich options for nightlife in Memphis.
Driving east on Winchester Road, you'll soon come to Elvis Presley Boulevard, which will take you directly into the Whitehaven district, where Elvis Presley's former estate, Graceland, lies. If you continue north on Elvis Presley Boulevard, you'll quickly arrive in Midtown Memphis, which boasts a wealth of restaurants and bars. Eateries like Sweet Grass serve upscale takes on traditional Southern cuisine. A number of Asian restaurants can also be found in this area, and the Idlewood Plaza and Shopping Center features many retailers and restaurants.