All across the nation, lush national parks and natural pieces of wilderness lay tucked away, just waiting to be explored. Memphis too has its own natural beauty, with state parks, urban camping centers, and more all within a few hours of the city. So, where are the best places to go camping in Memphis TN? Below are a few of the best Memphis campgrounds, just waiting to be discovered.
Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park
Inspired by the eponymous cartoon, Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park is a family campground created to provide outdoor fun for the whole family. Conceived in 1969, these campgrounds feature mascots like Yogi and Boo Boo from the Hannah-Barbera cartoon, and they host dozens of captivating attractions to entertain attendees. With pedal bikes, jump pads, inflatable slides and more, Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park is a must-see campground for families looking to get away from the city and experience a whirlwind vacation.
Campus^, an Urban Oasis
Originally an Airbnb market experiment, Campus^ is an urban camping experience that mixes outdoor camping with the culture of downtown Memphis. Located on Carolina St. across from Wayne’s Candy Co., Campus^ allows visitors to relax in the great outdoors within walking distance of some of Memphis’ great downtown attractions. Hidden behind a large black gate and a grove of trees, Campus^ is invisible to all but those looking for it, meaning it’s just cut off enough from downtown Memphis to offer a reprieve from the hustle and bustle.
Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park
No matter what sort of camping experience you’re looking for, Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park can provide. A quintessential camping location, this park offers vacation cabin rentals, group campgrounds and 49 individual campsites with grills, tables and electric and water hookups. The Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park borders the Mississippi River and offers stunning views, kayaking adventures, hiking trails and more.
Additional resources for camping in the Memphis outdoors
Are you interested in learning more about the best attractions in Memphis? Check out these resources to get an idea of just what’s in store for you and your family when you step into the great Memphis outdoors.
- Attractions at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park
- Campus^: an Airbnb camping experiment
- Touring Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park
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