T.O. Fuller State Park

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T.O. Fuller State Park

Tennessee

(901) 543-7581

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Overview

T.O. Fuller State Park was the first state park east of the Mississippi River that was open to African Americans and only the second in the nation. The park was later changed from Shelby Bluffs to T.O. Fuller State Park in 1942 in honor of Dr. Thomas O. Fuller who spent his life empowering and educating African Americans.

The park is located in Shelby County within the southern limits of the city of Memphis. The park encompasses a total of 1,138 acres with a diversity of wildlife. With its abundance of local flora and fauna and with topography ranging from the Mississippi flood plains to the high and overshadowing bluff ridges this area is an ideal place for the birdwatcher or outdoor extremist.

The park also has Chickasaw American Indian relics. In 1962, the Chucalissa Village was built on a mound as a recreation of what a Chickasaw village would have looked like before European contact. The Chucalissa Village has temples and homes, as well as a museum and a theater.

Map of T.O. Fuller (TN)

Latitude, Longitude: 35.065456, -90.117021

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Activities

  • Camping

    The campground has many hardwood trees that provide plenty of shade. There are forty-five campsites that are RV accessible. Some sites can accommodate RVs of up to 85 feet in length. Tent campers are also welcome. The campground has a picnic shelter, playground, bathhouse, and laundry. Each campsite is equipped with a picnic table, lantern hanger, fire ring, grill, and electrical and water hook-ups. There is a centralized dumping station near the entrance of the campground.

    Campers can register at the visitor center. Each campsite is available on a first come, first-served basis. Reservations are accepted and the stay limit is two weeks.

  • Golfing

    The T. O. Fuller State Park Golf Course is located in the southwest corner of Memphis. Gently rolling hills and mature trees dominate this 18-hole golf course. Accented by color-infused scenery and native Tennessee vegetation, this 5,986-yard, par 72 course features wide fairways and Bermuda greens.

    The course's signature hole is a 196-yard, par 3, requiring an accurate tee shot to reach a small elevated green.

  • Hiking

    The Park has over six miles of hiking trails, ranging in intensity from moderate to rugged. The Discovery Trail is a 6-mile continuous loop with a number of scenic points of interest including the Chucalissa Indian Village and Wetlands.

  • Historic Sites

    A Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camp established in the area initiated construction of the park facilities in 1938. During excavation for a proposed swimming pool in 1940, CCC workers unearthed evidence of a prehistoric village, opening the door to a lost and forgotten civilization. The site has since been developed as Chucalissa Indian Village and includes a village, preserved archaeological excavations, and a modern museum.

  • Picnicking

    There are 35 individual picnic tables, placed throughout the park to blend nicely with the natural surroundings. Grills are available at each site, and restrooms and group pavilions are also available. The park has four shelters that can accommodate from 40 to 120 people. All shelters have grills, nearby bathroom facilities, picnic tables, and electric outlets. Reservations are required and should be made well in advance.

  • RVing

    There are forty-five campsites that are RV accessible. Some sites can accommodate RVs of up to 85 feet in length.

  • Tennis

    There are tennis courts.

  • Water Sports

    The Olympic-size pool is centrally located in the main recreation area of the park, and it is served by a bathhouse and vending machines. It is open from early summer through Labor Day. Lifeguards are on duty during regular swimming hours.

Seasonality/Weather

The park is open year-round. In the summer, temperatures range from 92 F to 70 F. In the winter, temperatures range from the low 30s to the 50s.

Directions

Driving

From the East, take I-40 West to I-240 West to I-55 North, Exit 9 (Mallory Ave.) Go approximately 200 ft. east on Mallory, turn right at the big green Rivergate sign. Follow the brown signs into the park.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(901) 543-7581

Campground reservations

(901) 543-7581

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