In 2016, the city of Memphis opened Big River Crossing, a path that takes pedestrians and bikers across the Mississippi via the Harahan Bridge. It’s far and away the best way to get a feeling for the hugeness of the Mississippi, and from the west side, you can access more than 70 miles of biking trails that snake their way down the river along the levees. For a more intimate river experience, walk over to the Mud Island River Park, which, in addition to being a great picnic location and dog-walking green, features an exact scale model of the lower Mississippi’s path from its convergence with the Ohio River in Illinois down to the Gulf of Mexico.

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