The Great River Road follows the Mississippi River as it runs along the western side of Tennessee. This scenic portion of the Lower Mississippi River offers diverse landscapes. See the Chickasaw Bluffs rising high above the flood plain. Explore the woodlands of Fort Pillow State Park, site of an important Civil War battle. Experience the beauty of the majestic bald cypresses at Reelfoot Lake State Park, a natural treasure and an important stop for migrating birds. In addition to natural vistas, the Tennessee Great River Road offers bustling cityscapes. Memphis is an important center for music and culture in the South. Memphis’s Graceland, Beale Street, and Sun Studio are considered to be mandatory stops on any music-lover’s journey through the region. Mud Island River Park in Memphis features an exact model of the Lower Mississippi, providing travelers with a clear view of the river’s might. Make plans to take a drive along the Tennessee Great River Road. Learn more about the route and see a map here.
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The Mississippi River Parkway Commission (MRPC) and Mississippi River Country (MRC) work collaboratively to promote travel to the Mississippi River, Great River Road National Scenic Byway and the surrounding ten states: Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana. The MRPC is a 10-state organization that was established in 1938 to work collectively to preserve, promote, and enhance the scenic, historic, and recreational assets of the Great River Road National Scenic Byway. The MRPC works to foster economic growth in the corridor and develop the Great River Road.