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SIMPLELIFE4REAL's Photo SIMPLELIFE4REAL Posts: 9,712
6/15/12 6:07 P

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One way to learn about places to hike in Middle Tennessee is to go to meetup.com and look for hiking meetup groups in your area. There are some very active groups in Nashville and Chattanooga. I live in Crossville, but belong to hiking meetup groups in Nashville, Knoxville and Chattanooga because there isn't anything closer.

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2/17/11 5:53 P

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Thanks for the link Attack. We just moved to TN and we are trying to learn our way around. My husband and I are doing this together and he is a great support for me. We aren't much on taking long hikes, but we do love to walk. I think as the weight keeps coming off it WILL get better. emoticon

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2/17/11 2:41 P

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I actually live in the northern Sumner Co. area and am about 10 mins from the KY state line, but I make the crazy commute to Nashville every day. It's about 1.5 hours to Standing Stone for me. It's actually 1.5 to Burgess and about the same for Silver Point. I think the closest ones to me are probably Cedars of Lebanon (40 mins) and Bledsoe in Gallatin (30 mins).

Based on how the weather behaves, I might consider March 5th as my first attempt. I tend to run "hot" so some 50-60 temps are not going to phase me. Not sure which one I want to try yet, might save the falls for warmer temps. I'll post the choice once I get a better idea of the weather, probably around the 27th or 28th.

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ANANGELMOM's Photo ANANGELMOM Posts: 508
2/17/11 1:16 P

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And another idea I had is if you want to drive to Cookeville, where I live, it would be 1.5 hrs for you. Then I could drive the other .5 hr to Hillham to Standing Stone park. I google mapped it (from Brentwood since I didn't know your exact location) and it takes you straight through Cookeville. Just an idea. I actually just posted something about a walking partner a few ago.

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There are only 2 choices; make progress or make excuses.~ Ellen Mikesell

Donít say you donít have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Louis Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson and Albert Einstein.~ H. Jackson Brown, Jr


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ANANGELMOM's Photo ANANGELMOM Posts: 508
2/17/11 1:07 P

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I can do the Silver Point one. Heck I'll do that one every other weekend if you want! But I know you're wanting to try different ones lol.

The difference between try and triumph is just a little umph!~ Marvin Phillips

There are only 2 choices; make progress or make excuses.~ Ellen Mikesell

Donít say you donít have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Louis Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson and Albert Einstein.~ H. Jackson Brown, Jr


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2/17/11 12:53 P

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If you post ahead of time when and where you are going to be I would love to join you on occasion. I live at the other end of the state, 4 miles from the Alabama border, but if you get down below Nashville sometime I would join in the fun. Most of my weekends are free, but of course as soon as I plan something that would change lol. Anyway sounds like fun

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2/17/11 12:49 P

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One of the things I've really enjoyed doing is visiting state parks and trying out their hiking trails. It's free, there is usually tons of beautiful scenery, and it's fantastic exercise!

I used to do this with my husband, but I'm in the process of getting a divorce. However, I really want to continue to hike, so I thought I would see if any of you would be interested in possibly joining me. The warmer weather is motivating me to plan a bit.

So probably in March (if the weather is nice, but more likely starting in April), I was thinking about trying out one or two state parks a month. It would likely be a Saturday or a Sunday, because I work in Nashville during the week and my schedule is pretty hectic. I think it would be fun if some fellow Middle TN Sparkers would like to join. We could make the group as formal or informal as possible. Even if it's just 2 of us, I'd be happy with a partner. We could start fairly early in the day and could bring a healthy picnic lunch (or dine at a local restaurant that has some healthy options).

Here are some of the parks I'm considering. I live in the Upper Middle TN area, so it would need to be a reasonable drive (1-2 hours at most):

Bledsoe Creek State Park (Gallatin, TN)
Cedars of Lebanon State Park (Lebanon, TN)
Standing Stone State Park (Hilham, TN)
Long Hunter State Park (Hermitage, TN)
Radnor Lake State Park (Nashville, TN)
Edgar Evins State Park (Silver Point, TN)

The state parks page is here if you are interested: http://www.tn.gov/environment/parks/findap
ark/

I'll post here which one I'm planning to try out first, and I'll try to do it a few weeks in advance so if anyone would like to join (weather permitting), they'll have time to do so.

Thanks!

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