The sure signs of spring in Memphis have sprung: brilliantly colored blooms are popping up all across the city. But all of this beauty is fleeting, as the blooms last just a few weeks and will peak over just a few days.
While every Memphis neighborhood seems to have a blooming landscape, we’ve picked out an exceptionally magical path to follow to view the beauty of spring at its best. Even better, this route takes you through the charming neighborhood of Harbor Town on Mud Island, near the banks of the Mississippi River and ends at an outdoor patio with a cocktail (or chicken fingers for the kids). And you can walk it (yay, sidewalks!) bike it or drive it — that’s up to you. Follow the map below and we guarantee smiles for miles!
We (read: the author, not the entire SB team!) admit that we are not the best at identifying plants, blooming or otherwise. So we asked our good friend, green thumb extraordinaire and master gardener Kim MacQueen to accompany us on the walk and help us identify the beautiful blooms. Thank you, Kimmie, for all of your help!
For our walk, we parked the car near Miss Cordelia’s, the darling neighborhood grocery store and eatery.
On the route we’ve mapped out, you’ll see hundreds of trees and flowering plants in bloom, but you’ll also see many bare trees, as in the photo below. The good news is that this same route will be alive with different colors and flowers for two to three more weeks, perhaps a little longer!
Things to note:
• If you want to walk or run, there are sidewalks for this entire two-mile route.
• You can park in the lot at Miss Cordelia’s.
• This route is through a residential neighborhood, so if you are bringing Fido along, please remember to bring waste bags as well! (And note: Miss Cordelia’s, Cafe Eclectic and Movie & Pizza Company all have dog-friendly patio seating.)
• If you drive this route, drive slowly. This is a neighborhood with kids at play, dogs that get loose and lots of people walking, biking and jogging.
• Need to boost the cardio? Head over the A.W. Willis Bridge and back from the starting point at Miss Cordelia’s — you’ll add a mile to the route, and it’s one of the highest hills in Memphis!
For eats, shopping and more:
• If you go early, grab breakfast at Cafe Eclectic or Tug’s at the River Inn.
• Lunch and dinner options abound — with patio seating — at Miss Cordelia’s, Tug’s, Cafe Eclectic and Movie & Pizza Co.