I made my way (a short walk across Parkway) to Overton park this past weekend, and though everything is pretty beige and wintery at the moment, please enjoy fellow student, Amaris Prechtel’s photos from earlier in the school year.
Walking through Overton, you have to remind yourself that you’re in a big city—there are tons of hiking trails, and a wider path which is used by many runners, as well as picnic and playground areas for families. The entire (342 acre) plot of land is covered with trees that are especially beautiful in the spring and fall. Since Rhodes is an arboretum, we are spoiled here with the beauty of the nature on campus, but it’s always nice to get off campus and into nature, and with Overton park so readily accessible, it’s easy to escape the stress of mid-terms and take a walk when the weather’s nice.
The Brooks Museum and the Memphis Zoo are both located right next to the park, so those are also easily accessible (and Rhodes students get a discount for the zoo on Tuesdays)!
Another added bonus: lots of Memphians walk their dogs in Overton, so there’s a large probability that you’ll get puppy time if you’re missing your own dog :)