Big River Trail: River View Trail/Dacus Lake Road Loop
ElevationAscent: 97' 30 m
Descent: -97' -30 m
High: 268' 82 m
Low: 213' 65 m
GradeAvg Grade: 1% (0°)
Max Grade: 5% (3°)
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“A great getaway from downtown Memphis.”— Ryan Thomas
Family Friendly Easy to access trails made by the city for biking and walking.
You can rent city bikes at either side of the river. At the bike rental station there's a bike repair station with air available and basic repair capabilities.
Starting this trail at the Arkansas side parking lot, you follow Dacus Lake Road underneath all the bridges. When you've cleared the bridges you'll see the River Spur Trail to your right. Keep going past that trail and straight down the paved road through the field. Once in the middle of the field, you'll see another parking area and a trailhead sign. This is where the Dacus Lake Road trail and the River View Trail split.
The River View Trail turns toward the Mississippi River and cuts straight through the field on another blacktop surface. There are usually sunflowers and soybeans planted in these fields during the spring and summer. Once you've reached the edge of the river, the trail turns north to follow the river. There are four trail turnouts where you can stop and enjoy the view of the river looking across at downtown Memphis. There are a few small drainage sections that are concrete through this section and they may have some silt deposits in them that can be hard packed or muddy depending on the recent weather.
While continuing north, you'll head under I-40 and continue along the tree line until the trail meets up with a gravel road called Robinson Road. To the right is a private drive. The trail continues to the left along the road and then cuts back under I-40 on a turn-around road for cars coming off I-40. Follow the looped road under I-40 and back to the west and it then meets back up with Dacus Lake Road. Turn left and you'll end up back in the field where you last started on the River View Trail. That completes the loop.
Land Manager: The City of Memphis