Island Forty Road

Total Miles
1.8

Elevation

101.34 ft

Duration

Hours

Technical Rating

3

Easy

Best Time

Spring, Fall

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Trail Overview

The Island Forty Road, is a dirt based road that traverses into the Shelby Wildlife Management Area which is part of the greater Meeman-Shelby State Park. The road is mostly dirt with a few patches of old gravel here and there, there is high potential the road will easily softened when rain or wet conditions have been present. The road features, rutting, mud, potholes, and one easy graded hill leading down into river bottoms. The area also features a natural boat launch area to put something such as a duck boat into the water, as well as a wide open camp-able area next to the swamps at the northern end point of the trail. The trail ends at a service gate that says no vehicles.

Difficulty

A simple yet dirty little road, fun yet relaxed. Features mild to potentially heavy rutting, water collection spots, large potholes, mud sections, and slight uphill grade mixed with rutting.

History

Containing 13,467 acres, Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park near Memphis is the most visited state park in Tennessee. Initially known as Shelby Forest State Park, it began as a New Deal recreation demonstration area of the National Park Service during the 1930s. Edward J. Meeman, avid conservationist and editor of the Memphis Press-Scimitar, had interviewed Adolph Hitler and was impressed with forest reclamation projects in Germany, finding similarities between the land there and eroded southern land. In a series of newspaper editorials and private conversations with public officials, Meeman insisted that forests in his region could be made to prosper once again. He worked with State Forester James O. Hazard to identify a potential park area in Shelby County, and in 1933 the National Park Service provided Shelby County money and Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) labor for the park's initial development. *This info was found on tennesseeencyclopedia.net*

Technical Rating

3

Access Description

From the intersection of Tennessee Route 51 and North Watkins Street at 35.23626, -90.01403, head northwest on North Watkins Street for 3.7 miles. Turn left onto Fite Road, continue for .5 mile, turn right onto Island Forty Road. Continue on the blacktop section for 2 miles (there is a 2 way stop in the middle of this 2 mile stretch) then the gravel entrance should be on your right at 35.29634, -90.05767.