Randolph Bluff

Randolph Bluff is a premier Tennessee treasure offering unparalleled views of the Mississippi River. Randolph Bluff has been an important site for American Indians, French Explorers, African Americans, riverboat pilots, early pioneers, and Civil War soldiers.

Our Conservation Story

In 2008 with $500,000 for land acquisition funding from the McKnight Foundation and $60,000 more in challenge grants from McKnight to support staff costs for work along the Mississippi River Corridor, TennGreen began its work to identify Mississippi River bluffs most at risk of development.

Very early on Randolph Bluff, a 19-acre site of remarkable scenic and historic value, was identified atop the second Chickasaw Bluff.  “Top the hill, and see the mighty Mississippi spread across the horizon, maybe a mile across.  We knew we had found the prettiest view of the River in 10 states and although the acreage was small—for the view alone … you know it should belong to all of us.” said Kathleen Williams, founding executive director of TennGreen.

With 1300 feet of Mississippi River frontage, the tract of land was once the bustling town of Randolph founded in 1823.  The town had developed on the Bluff because it was the best site available for water-borne commerce; until 1840 Randolph shipped more cotton than Memphis. Its location later facilitated the town’s transition into a Confederate Boot Camp.   

Randolph Bluff

Drummonds, TN

Directions

From Fort Pillow State Historic Park: Head west on TN-207 S/Park Road. Turn left on TN-87 E, and continue for 9.2m. Turn right on TN-371 E, and continue for 4.8m. Make a slight right on TN-87, and continue for 2.6m. Turn right on Hwy 51 S, and continue for 8.8m. Turn right on TN-59W, and continue for 14.5m. Turn right on Randolph Rd, and continue for 0.5m until you come to a stop sign. Take a Left at the stop sign (in front of the church) and then immediately take the first right on Ballard Slough. The church will now be on your right.

From south (Millington, Memphis): Take Hwy 51N. Turn left on Wilkinsville Road in Millington (at the Wal-mart). Follow Wilkinsville for 7m until it dead ends at the water tower in Drummonds. Take a left on Drummonds Road. Take the second right on Glen Springs (at the local gas station), and follow it for 3.4m. Continue straight at the next stop sign onto Needham Road for another 1m. Turn left on Ballard Slough Road. The house will be on the left.

 

From east (Jackson, Brownsville, Covington): Take TN-54S to Covington. Continue onto TN-59W (West Liberty Avenue) for 14.5m. Turn right on Randolph Rd, and continue for 0.5m until you come to a stop sign. Take a Left at the stop sign (in front of the church) and then immediately take the first right on Ballard Slough. The church will now be on your right.