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T.O. Fuller State Park

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Site Description and Habitats

T.O. Fuller State Park was the first state park east of the Mississippi River open to African Americans and only the second in the nation. This Park is named to honor Dr. Thomas O. Fuller who spent his life empowering and educating African Americans.

The park is located in Shelby County within the southern limits of the city of Memphis. The park encompasses a total of 1,138 acres with a diversity of wildlife. With its abundance of local flora and fauna from the Mississippi flood plains to its high and overshadowing bluff ridges makes this area an ideal place for the birdwatcher or outdoor extremist.

Be sure to visit the adjacent TVA Lakes and Ensley Sewage Ponds.

Bird species of interest

Spring and Fall Migration: Warblers, vireos, thrushes and flycatchers can be common in appropriate habitat, including Hooded and Kentucky Warbler, Yellow-throated and White-eyed Vireo, and Acadian Flycatcher. Mississippi Kite, Anhinga, Bald Eagle, among other soaring birds may be found.

Summer: Mississippi Kite, Broad-winged Hawk, Red-eyed Vireo, Red-headed Woodpecker, Ovenbird, Field and Song Sparrow. Black-bellied Whistling Ducks may be found on the ponds on occasion.

Winter: Red-headed Woodpecker, American goldfinch, and a variety of sparrows on and around the old golf course, including Swamp, Song, Field, White-throated Sparrow.

Year-Round: Killdeer, Barred Owl, Red-shouldered Hawk

Species list via eBird Hotspot Explorer

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Detailed directions for birding T.O. Fuller Park
From I-55, take exit 9 and follow signs directing you to Riverport Drive off of W. Mallory Avenue. Follow Riverport Drive to the park (3.7 miles).

Upon turning off Riverport Rd, follow road to a left turn towards the Golf Course. The golf course has been closed and is being converted to grassland-shrubland. Park at the old golf pro shop and walk the cart paths through the old golf course. Also visit the hiking trails through the woodlands of the state park.

Lat-Long (GPS) coordinates
T.O. Fuller State Park access from Riverport Rd: 35.06931, -90.131496
Old Golf Course: 35.064445, -90.111238

Fees and Hours
Park is open 8 a.m. until sunset. 7 days a week, year round.
Park Office - 8:15 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Campground is accessible 24 hours. No access fees required.

Restrooms, campsites, picnicking, swimming, lodging, hiking and programs

T.O. Fuller State Park
1500 Mitchell Road, Memphis , TN 38109

Info for other sites
Tennessee’s Watchable Wildlife web site