Mud Island River Park – Memphis, Tennessee - Atlas Obscura

The Mississippi is the fourth longest river in the world, but in Memphis, Tennessee you can see it all in one short afternoon.

The River Walk is a five-block-long replica of the lower Mississippi River, from Cairo, Illinois, to New Orleans, Lousiana. Each 30-inch stride is equivalent to one mile on the actual river. Along your journey, you’ll revisit historical events and learn about geographical transformations.

The “1,000-mile-journey” concludes at the Gulf of Mexico, a one-acre enclosure that holds 1.3 million gallons of water. There, visitors can enjoy a leisurely pedal boat ride around the Gulf area with the Memphis skyline in the background.

Know Before You Go

It's open year-round, dawn to dusk. You can bike, scooter, or walk over the 1/3 mile wal kbridge or drive over through the North Gate on Island Dr. There are three bike share stations throughout the park.