Imagine an old-growth forest smack in the middle of a bustling, metropolitan area. Overton Park, more than 90 years old, offers mature nature trails, jogging trails, bike paths, picnic facilities and playgrounds. Overton Park is home to the Memphis College of Art, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis Zoo and Overton Park Shell (see the links below). Appropriately names since rainbows are known to dip in its waters, Rainbow Lake, a constructed lake, adds to the scenic beauty.
Also of interest in the park are the World War I Dough Boy statue and the statue of Edward Hull Crump, former mayor of Memphis. Golfers enjoy the public golf course on south side of the park, and beauty admirers soak in the well-maintained, seasonal flowers. Plan to combine a day at Overton Park with a visit to Brooks Museum, the zoo, or the gallery at Memphis College of Art. Restrooms and water fountains are near the playgrounds.
From I-40: Take I-40 West to Sam Cooper Blvd. exit, exit number 12B on the left. Travel until Sam Cooper Boulevard dead ends at East Parkway and turn left. Turn right onto Poplar Avenue. Park entrance is on the right.