Dog Walking in Memphis

Dog Walking In Memphis: Exploring The Mississippi Riverwalk

Dog walking in Memphis, anyone?!

The pups and I spent Christmas in the largest city on the Mississippi river this year – Memphis, TN.

Whenever I think of Memphis, I immediately think of Marc Cohn’s song Walking in Memphis, and that is exactly what we did in the afternoon on Christmas Day.

I mean, it was 70 degrees outside (that’s a little over 20 C), so the perfect opportunity to put on our walking shoes and burn off some of those holiday calories with the pups!

Dog Walking In Memphis: Exploring The Mississippi Riverwalk

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Free Parking At Tom Lee Park

Tom Lee Park is one of the many beautiful parks along the 5 mile Memphis Riverfront.

It’s located right along Riverside Drive at the foot of famous Beale Street.

I learned that it’s named after African-American riverworker Tom Lee who saved 32 passengers of the sinking steamboat M.E. Norman in 1925.

There wasn’t a specific address to take us there from the Memphis suburbs, so we went with 251 Riverside Drive, Memphis, TN, 38103, which was close enough.

Once you get to Riverside Drive, parking is fairly self-explanatory and impossible to miss. 

There’s a huge designated parking area where parking is free.

And that’s exactly where we parked to explore the 1 mile walking trail along the Mississippi river. 

Walking in Memphis with 2 dogs in tow - Free Parking Along Riverside Drive At Tom Lee Park
Free parking at Tom Lee Park

Panoramic Views Of The Mississippi 

While Christmas Day was a little cloudy and on the windy side, we were still able to enjoy the panoramic views of the Mississippi and Arkansas on the opposite side of the river, as well as of the Memphis skyline.

I can only imagine what it’d look like on a spring day featuring lush greenery and a blue sky, although I have to say that the cloud formations were intriguing, too!

K9sOverCoffee | Walking In Memphis with 2 dogs in tow - Panoramic View Of The Mississippi River From Butler Park
A glimpse of the Mississippi from Butler Park
K9sOverCoffee | Walking In Memphis with 2 dogs in tow - Panoramic View Of The Mississippi and the Memphis Skyline Along The Riverwalk
Panoramic views of the Mississippi and the Memphis skyline
K9sOverCoffee | Walking in Memphis with 2 dogs in tow - Beautiful houses line the Riverwalk
Beautiful houses along the Riverwalk in Memphis
K9sOverCoffee | Walking in Memphis with 2 dogs in tow - Mommy walking Missy & Buzz along the Mississippi
Dog walking in Memphis along the Mississippi
K9sOverCoffee | Walking in Memphis with 2 dogs in tow - Missy & Buzz taking a break on our walk along the Mississippi
Missy & Buzz on a break during our walk along the Mississippi

Dog Walking in Memphis At RiverFIT

While we walked along the path, we discovered the Riverfront Fitness Trail aka RiverFit.

It’s sponsored by the Memphis Grizzlies (Basketball) and consists of several fitness & exercise stations. 

We came across one of the two Beach volleyball courts, the soccer field, and two exercise stations while exploring Tom Lee Park along the Mississippi.

K9sOverCoffee | Walking in Memphis with 2 dogs in tow - RiverFit at Tom Lee Park
RiverFit at Tom Lee Park in Memphis
K9sOverCoffee | Walking in Memphis with 2 dogs in tow - Mommy & Missy In Front Of A Beach Volleyball Court At RiverFIT
Beach Volleyball Court at RiverFit in Memphis
K9sOverCoffee | Walking in Memphis with 2 dogs in tow - Soccer Field at RiverFIT
Soccer field at RiverFit in Memphis
K9sOverCoffee | Walking in Memphis with 2 dogs in tow - Mommy and Missy standing on a Plyo Box
Missy & I hopped onto a Plyo Box

Since stair climbing is a high calorie burning exercise, the Grizz Steps are a great stair climbing workout for all species involved, ha!

K9sOverCoffee | Walking in Memphis with 2 dogs in tow - RiverFit Stairs Bottom
About to climb the RiverFit Grizz stairs with the pups
K9sOverCoffee | Walking in Memphis with 2 dogs in tow - Walking Up The RiverFit Stairs
On our way up the RiverFit Grizz stairs in Memphis
K9sOverCoffee | Walking in Memphis with 2 dogs in tow - RiverFit Stairs Top
We made it to the top of the RiverFit Grizz stairs!

Feeling Safe With Blue Crush Sky Cop

I noticed several Blue Crush SkyCop systems along the Riverwalk. I actually wasn’t sure what they were right away until I took a closer look and zoomed in on one. 

Turns out CRUSH stands for Crime Reduction Using Statistical History partnership with the Memphis Police Department.

It’s essentially video surveillance of the Riverwalk using state-of-the-art electronic surveillance equipment. 

I love this proactive approach of the Memphis Police because it instantly made me feel safe.

Walking in Memphis with 2 dogs in tow - Blue Crush SkyCop
Blue Crush Cameras of the Memphis Police

Dog Walking in Memphis: Exploring The Mississippi Riverwalk – Bottom Line

I highly recommend exploring the Mississippi Riverwalk with your pups if you ever get a chance to do so!

Our walk along the Memphis Riverfront was a fun experience with great views of the river and the city.

We burned a good amount of calories in the 90 minutes we spent exploring Tom Lee Park and were rewarded with the view of the pretty houses once we climbed up the Grizz stairs.

Parking was free which was a bonus!

Have you walked your dog in Memphis? As always, we’d love to hear from you in our comment section!

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Barbara launched her blog K9sOverCoffee in 2014 and has been feeding her dogs raw dog food since 2015. As a former professional dog walker, she’s passionate about balancing species-appropriate exercise with healthy dog nutrition. Barbara is raw dog food nutrition certified from “Dogs Naturally Magazine” and the author of several e-books about minimally processed, balanced raw dog food.


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4 responses to “Dog Walking In Memphis: Exploring The Mississippi Riverwalk”

  1. Anna Avatar
    Anna

    We’ve never walked in Memphis, but get plenty of fun walking in Colorado! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d1bfded4a190a3214ab0fac4763c58802749a68642b609278a7f122b74660d85.jpg

    1. K9sOverCoffee Avatar

      HA, it sure looks like it! Rocky must be having a blast surrounded by all that wonderful nature out there. Walking in Colorado is definitely on my to-do list 😉

  2. Jan K, Wag N Woof Pets Avatar
    Jan K, Wag N Woof Pets

    That looks like a lovely walk, great exercise, and a perfect thing to do on Christmas Day!

    1. K9sOverCoffee Avatar

      It was, Jan, although it felt more like Spring than Christmas with the temps we had 😉

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