Monday, September 05, 2016
Overton Park Old Forest Trails
I spent a couple of hours the other day on one of the trails in the Old Forest Natural Area. I do this fairly often. On this particular day I walked on one of the unpaved segments.
There are several entries into unpaved trails throughout the forest from the old paved roads leftover from when motorized traffic was allowed inside the area.
You'd not guess how close you are to big city traffic when you're in the interior of these woods.
You'd also not believe how close you are to the other people walking out here. I didn't see another soul along this particular path.
It's peaceful here. Memphis is fortunate to have been able to save this area from development, although the zoo keeps encroaching and has designs on 17 acres that they've already fenced. Large and loud hardscape inside this woodland would alter its character.
This is what happened when the zoo decided to clear cut 4 acres of the forest to build a new exhibit:
I hope our city is able to preserve the remainder of this natural area for future generations.