Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Where is the Wolf River Greenway located?

A: The Wolf River Greenway, through the City of Memphis, extends from the north end of Mud Island, and heads East, arcing through the North Memphis neighborhoods of Frayser and Raleigh, to Kennedy Park. From there, the Greenway heads due south to Shelby Farms and then links with existing Greenway segments in Germantown. As of 2019, 10 miles of the 26-mile proposed trail system have been constructed. Please click here for a map of the proposed route of the Greenway.

Q: What is the purpose of the Greenway?

A: The Wolf River Greenway is a walking and bicycling trail that supports health and wellness, transportation by bike or by foot, outdoor education, and economic development.  The Greenway will be a 10-foot wide to 12-foot wide paved trail that is surrounded by lands that are to be conserved and protected for their natural resource values. No motorized vehicles of any kind, other than those used for maintenance and public safety, are permitted on the Greenway trail. You may see staff vehicles along the Greenway, performing inpections, or other related activites. These vehicles will always have Wolf River Conserancy magnets and identifying decals.

Q: Who is developing the Greenway? 

A: The Wolf River Conservancy (WRC) in partnership with the City of Memphis is developing the Memphis portion of the Greenway. The Wolf River Conservancy is an accredited land trust and a not-for-profit organization that is based in Memphis.

Q: How long is the Wolf River Greenway?

 A: The Memphis portion of the Greenway will be approximately 26 miles in length upon completion. There are close to 10 miles open to the public during the construction phase.

Q: Where can I currently access and use the Greenway? 

Currently Open For Use: Walnut Grove to Germantown – 4.1 miles

A: Currently, the Greenway is open for use from Walnut Grove Road to the City of Germantown along Humphrey's Boulevard. There is an existing small trailhead parking lot along Humphey's Blvd. There are also other places to park a car near Walnut Grove Road that require a short walk to the existing Greenway. As of 2019, there is a new entrance to the Wolf River Greenway across from the High Point Climbing and Fitness, at the intersection of Walnut Grove and Humphrey's Blvd.

Currently Open For Use: Epping Way - 2.7 Miles

A: The Wolf River Conservancy owns 138 acres along the Wolf River in north Memphis, where the Epping Way section of the Wolf River Greenway routes through. The property boasts a 20 acre lake for fishing, 1.1 miles of paved trails, and a working farm field. We are currently undergoing construction of a boat dock on the lake, for paddling instruction and more! The Greenway winds along the scenic lake, and connects to a 1.1 mile protected bike lane along North Highland road to the west. The address of the property is 3620 Epping Way Drive, in Memphis, TN. There is temporary signage near the trailhead and a cul-de-sac with plenty of street parking near the trailhead entrance. There is an Memphis Police Depatment Skycop camera above the parking area and trailhead entrance for your safety.

Currently Open For Use: Kennedy Park - 1.5 Miles

A: In close proximity to the Epping Way section, the Kennedy Park section of the Wolf River Greenway features 1.5 miles of scenic recreational trails running through a mature forest, bounding along the rolling hills and banks of the Wolf River. This section also includes six scenic bridges good for photo opportunities. The section has three access points, with two inside John F. Kennedy Park. The trailhead can be accessed from the road at 4332 Raleigh LaGrange Road. There is street parking at this entrance. There is additional vehicle and RV parking within the park at the other two access points.

Currently Open For Use: Mud Island Loop - 1.2 Miles

A: At the north end of Mud Island, one will find the beginning of the Wolf River Greenway Trail. Here 1.2 miles of paved trail connects to Greenbelt park along the Mississippi River. The trail begins at the end of Greenbelt park and extends in a 1.2 mile loop along the Wolf River and up atop a levee. Parking is available in the north Mud Island parking lot adjacent to the trailhead here.

Q: When will new phases of the Greenway be available to use? 

A: The WRC, City and County are currently working on opening new sections of the Greenway through a phased approach. A summary of when new phases of the Greenway are currently slated to open is provided below. Also, please click here for map that illustrates the location of each phase. The WRC and City hope that all phases of the Greenway will be open for public use by 2022. The dates for completion are dependent on weather, permitting and other lengthy construction processes. For more information, please contact the Community Conservation Manager.

Opened in 2017: 

Confluence Park to Second Street (downtown Memphis)

Kennedy Park (Raleigh neighborhood)   

Opened in 2018:

North Highland Avenue (Protected bicycle lane)( (north central Memphis)

Opened in 2019: 

Epping Way

Walnut Grove to Wolf River Crossing (west of Walnut Grove Road)

Currently Under Construction

McLean to Nedra

Walnut Grove to Shelby Farms Greenline

Q: Who will own and manage the Greenway? 

A: The Greenway within the City of Memphis will be owned and managed by the City of Memphis. The WRC is assisting with the development of the Greenway trail and as sections are completed they will be turned over to the City for maintenance and management. A Governance, Operations and Maintenance manual is currently being prepared and will be adopted and implemented before any new sections of the Greenway are opened for public use. This manual describes in great detail how the City will govern, operate and maintain the Greenway that is located within the City limits.

Q: I am concerned about public safety and use of the Greenway. What measures are being taken to ensure that the Greenway is safe to use?

A: The WRC and City of Memphis are employing many different strategies to ensure that the Greenway can be used safely. First, we are employing Crime Prevention through Environmental Design principles (CPTED) as we design and construct each phase of the Greenway. Second, we are deploying security cameras, emergency call boxes and lighting in strategic locations throughout the Greenway. We are also developing a wayfinding and signage system that will feature the City’s 311 system and the 911 emergency response system. The Greenway will have an address system so that law enforcement and emergency response can be conducted efficiently. Finally and most importantly, we believe that the Greenway will be an attraction for the city and will be used a lot by our residents and by visitors. Frequent use is the best way to keep the Greenway safe for everyone to use.

Additionally, the Wolf River Conservancy has launched the Greenway Ambassador program in November 2020, utilizing helpul volunteers with marked vests that will traverse the trail system and answer user questions, remove tree limbs/other trail obstructions, and possibly lead community service events in their own neighborhoods along the Wolf River Greenway trail. You can look for an Ambassador wearing a bright green safety vest with the emboridered Wolf River Greenway logo.