Martyrs Park

At sunset, this is a popular spot for locals. Reachable by car, though many walk or bike to the park.

The park is small and sits atop the river bluff near the Hernando Desoto bridge or what locals generally refer to as the "Old Bridge"

The park has a perfect view of the river to the north including the "New Bridge" and most of the Memphis skyline. To the south you have an intimate view of the three bridges that will soon include the "Big River Crossing" and sunsets are the specialty looking southward.

The park centerpiece is a work of art, dedicated to those who did not flee from the yellow fever epidemic in 1878 to help those infected. The Memphis population decreased with deaths and a mass exodus of citizens. Almost 80 percent of 19,000 who remained caught the fever, and one-quarter perished.

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Latitude: 35.128682 Longitude: -90.070513 Elevation: 278 ft
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Accessibility Notes

Located just north of the I-55 bridge. By car, the parking lot can be tricky for non-natives, but the park is a great destination for walkers and bikers that use the riverfront trail of Tom Lee Park.

 

Exit I-40 on to Riverside Drive via exit number 1. Southbound, curve around to the left on Riverside Drive, exit right onto Channel 3 Drive, pass Founder’s Pointe and turn right at the next drive

 

Pet Friendly Notes

The park is pet friendly, though dogs are to be leashed.

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