Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Where is the Wolf River Greenway located?

A: The Wolf River Greenway, through the City of Memphis, extends from the north end of Mud Island, and heads East, arcing through the North Memphis neighborhoods of Frayser and Raleigh, to Kennedy Park. From there, the Greenway heads due south to Shelby Farms and then links with existing Greenway segments in Germantown. Please click here for a map of the proposed route of the Greenway.

Q: What is the purpose of the Greenway?

A: The Wolf River Greenway is a walking and bicycling trail that supports health and wellness, transportation by bike or by foot, outdoor education, and economic development.  The Greenway will be a 10-foot wide to 12-foot wide paved trail that is surrounded by lands that are to be conserved and protected for their natural resource values. No motorized vehicles of any kind, other than those used for maintenance and public safety, are permitted on the Greenway trail.

Q: Who is developing the Greenway? 

A: The Wolf River Conservancy (WRC) in partnership with the City of Memphis is developing the Memphis portion of the Greenway.  The Wolf River Conservancy is an accredited land trust and a not-for-profit organization that is based in Memphis.

Q: How long is the Wolf River Greenway?

 A: The Memphis portion of the Greenway is approximately 23 miles in length.

Q: Where can I currently access and use the Greenway? 

A: Currently, the Greenway is open for use from Walnut Grove Road to the City of Germantown along Humphries Boulevard. There is an existing small trailhead parking lot along Humphries. There are also other places to park a car near Walnut Grove Road that require a short walk to the existing Greenway.

Currently Open For Use: Walnut Grove to Germantown – 2.6 miles

Q: When will new phases of the Greenway be available to use? 

A: The WRC and City are currently working on opening new sections of the Greenway through a phased approach. A summary of when new phases of the Greenway are currently slated to open is provided below. Also, please click here for map that illustrates the location of each phase. The WRC and City hope that all phases of the Greenway will be open for public use by 2020.

Opening in 2017: 

Confluence Park to Second Street (downtown Memphis) 

Epping Way (north central Memphis) 

Kennedy Park (Raleigh neighborhood)   

Opening in 2018: 

Hollywood to Douglass Park (Douglass Park neighborhood) 

Douglass Park to North Highland (Douglass Park neighborhood) 

North Highland Avenue (on-road cycle track)( (north central Memphis) 

Walnut Grove Road to Wolf River   

Opening in 2019: 

McLean to N. Hollywood (North Hollywood neighborhood) 

McLean Boulevard: Chelsea to Nedra 

McLean Boulevard: Nedra to Rodney Baber Park 

Mclean Boulevard to Evergeen along Chelsea 

Epping Way to Kennedy Park connector (Raleigh neighborhood) 

Kennedy Park to Covington Pike 

Covington Pike to Summer Avenue 

Shelby Farms Greenline to Wolf River   

Opening in 2020 

Summer Avenue to Shelby Farms Greenline 

Second Street to Chelsea Avenue

Q: Who will own and manage the Greenway? 

A: The Greenway within the City of Memphis will be owned and managed by the City of Memphis. The WRC is assisting with the development of the Greenway trail and as sections are completed they will be turned over to the City for maintenance and management. A Governance, Operations and Maintenance manual is currently being prepared and will be adopted and implemented before any new sections of the Greenway are opened for public use. This manual describes in great detail how the City will govern, operate and maintain the Greenway that is located within the City limits.

Q: I am concerned about public safety and use of the Greenway. What measures are being taken to ensure that the Greenway is safe to use?

A: The WRC and City of Memphis are employing many different strategies to ensure that the Greenway can be used safely. First, we are employing Crime Prevention through Environmental Design principles (CPTED) as we design and construct each phase of the Greenway. Second, we are deploying security cameras, emergency call boxes and lighting in strategic locations throughout the Greenway. We are also developing a wayfinding and signage system that will feature the City’s 311 system and the 911 emergency response system. The Greenway will have an address system so that law enforcement and emergency response can be conducted efficiently. Finally and most importantly, we believe that the Greenway will be an attraction for the city and will be used a lot by our residents and by visitors. Frequent use is the best way to keep the Greenway safe for everyone to use.