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Hours of Operation
Park is open 8 a.m. til sunset
Park Office- 8:15 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Campground accessible 24 hours, 7 days a week, year round
From the East, take I-40 West to I-240 West to I-55 North, Exit 9 (Mallory Ave.) Go approximately 200 ft. east on Mallory, turn right at the big green Rivergate sign. Follow the brown signs into the park. For a map and specific driving directions, visit MapQuest.com.

Campgrounds and swimming pool are accessible to persons with a disability.

Points of Interest
  • Chucalissa Indian Museum
  • Graceland
  • National Civil Rights Museum
  • T.O. Fuller State Park
    1500 Mitchell Road  |  Memphis , TN 38109
    Office: 901-543-7581
    Fax: 901-785-8485

    Camping Golf Hiking Trails Picnic Facilities Swimming

    T.O. Fuller State Park was the first state park east of the Mississippi River open to African Americans and only the second in the nation.   The park was later changed from Shelby Bluffs to T.O. Fuller State Park in 1942 in honor of Dr. Thomas O. Fuller who spent his life empowering and educating African Americans.

    The park is located in Shelby County within the southern limits of the city of Memphis.  The park encompasses a total of 1,138 acres with a diversity of wildlife. With its abundance of local flora and fauna from the Mississippi flood plains to its high and overshadowing bluff ridges makes this area an ideal place for the birdwatcher or outdoor extremist. 

    Historical Significance

    A Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camp established in the area initiated Construction of the park facilities in 1938.  During excavation for a proposed swimming pool in 1940, CCC workers unearthed evidence of a prehistoric village, opening the door to a lost and forgotten civilization.  The site has sense been developed as Chucalissa Indian Village and includes a village, preserved archeological excavations, and a modern museum.

    Read more about the park's history


    T.O. Fuller State Park offers forty-five campsites that are RV accessible with some sites accommodating up to 85 feet of RV space. Tent campers are also welcome. The campground has a picnic shelter, playground and bathhouse and laundry. Each campsite is equipped with a picnic table, lantern hanger, fire ring, grill, electrical and water hook-ups. There is a centralized dumping station near the entrance of the campground.

    Click a link below for more information on that lodging option.


    There's a lot to do and see at T.O. Fuller State Park! The 18-hole golf course is a par-72, 5,986-yd challenge. Grassy fields provide for outdoor games such as frisbee, ballgames, and other types of open-space activities. There is a softball field, basketball and tennis courts. Children's playground equipment is located near the picnic area. The Park has over 6 miles of hiking trails from moderate to rugged. There is also a nature center open during summer months and annual events and planned programs to enjoy! Click a link below for more information on that activity.
    Annual Events
    Nature Center
    Picnic Facilities
    Planned Programs