How #HIKETOBER Works
This October we challenge YOU to get active in a park at least 12 times!
Here are some different trail options to try out this October during #HIKETOBER!
East TN Trails
* Byrd Creek Trail (pictured to the right): Crossville, TN; Cumberland Mountain State Park; Moderate- 1.9 miles; dog friendly (leashed); Great for viewing the creek, waterfall, fall colors, and birding
* Lakeside Trail: Bristol, TN; Steel Creek Park; Easy- 2 miles; mostly gravel; great for viewing fall colors, a lake, a creek, a waterfall, a cave, wildflowers, wildlife, and birding
* Cane Creek Blue and Red Trail: Cane Creek Part, Cookeville, TN; Easy- 1.8 mile trail; paved, wheel-chair & stroller accessible, dog friendly (leashed); great for walking, running, biking, viewing the lake and wildlife
* Triple Falls Trail on Bruce Creek: Caryville, TN; Moderate- 2 miles dog friendly (leased); known for viewing wildflowers, 360 views, wildlife, and waterfalls; This trail is noted for having a few spots that are steep.
Middle TN Trails
* Mossy Ridge Trail (pictured to the right): Percy Warner Park, Nashville, TN; Moderate- 4.9 miles; Dog friendly (leashed); Great for wildflowers, wildlife, trail running, or just to bring your dog on a hike. There are a few hills, but it is very shaded. This is a popular trail and is less crowded during the week!
* Cotton Field & Boundary Trail, Stoner River National Battlefield; Murfreesboro, TN; Easy- 3 miles (2 trails combined), Partially paved, Dog friendly (leashed), Family friendly; Rich in history with monuments, a national cemetery, trenches, and wildlife along the way.
* Richland Creek Greenway: West Nashville, TN; Easy- 5 miles; 5 access locations, Paved, Dog friendly (leashed), Stroller & Wheelchair accessible, biking, skating
* Day Loop Trail: Nashville, TN, Long Hunter State Park: Easy/Moderate- 3.9 mile loop, Kid friendly, Dog friendly (leashed) and great for seeing wildlife, the Percy Priest Lake, and fall colors!
West TN Trails
* Tour de Wolf (pictured to the right): Shelby Farms Park, Germantown, TN; Easy/Intermediate- 5.7 miles, Great for wildlflowers, wildlife, lake, and birding
* Cypress Grove Nature Park: Jackson, TN; Easy- 1.4 mile out and back, Great for seeing wildlife, cypress swamp, lake, and birding; Access to the aviary exhibits
* Oak Ridge Trail: Natchez Trace State Park, Wildersville, TN; Easy- 0.7 mile loop, All skill levels, Dog friendly (leashed); Great for seeing fall colors, a lake, a spring, and wildlife
* Brian Brown Memorial Greenway: Martin, TN; Easy- 3.4 mile out and back, Paved, Wheelchair and stroller accessible; Good for biking, walking, running, birding, wildflowers, and wildlife
For our #UserSpotlight HPHP would like to introduce you to Stephani, Aveana, and Sirena Muller! Thank you for setting an amazing example for your kids and everyone around you! We appreciate you and are thankful that you are apart of the HPHP Community!
The Mueller family is an outdoor-loving and active lifestyle family. Stephanie Mueller is a seasonal park ranger at Seven Islands State Birding Park in Kodak, TN where she has worked since 2018. The Muellers have called Tennessee home since moving here in 2013 from Wisconsin. Stephanie enjoys spending time in the outdoors with her family by camping, hiking, kayaking, running, and biking. Her daughters, Aveana (age 8) and Sirena (age 6), have become very knowledgeable about the birds, plants, and just about everything else in nature on their hikes with their mom. Stephanie homeschools her kids and they often incorporate different topics, such as math, science, reading, and art, as they spend time outdoors.
Stephanie and her girls love to paddle down the French Broad River and explore the wildlife along the way. All members of the Mueller family are runners and have finished numerous races ranging from 1 mile up to 50 miles. Aveana and Sirena had a great time earlier this year completing the Honeybee Virtual 5K benefitting Tennessee State Parks' Honey Project. The girls even cheered Stephanie on and helped her finish her first full marathon in November 2019. Spending time outdoors is an important part of the Mueller family's everyday life because it allows them to get fresh air, exercise, learn about nature, and have fun together without the constraints that come with being inside. The things they can learn about and do outside are seemingly endless.
The Muellers have really made an increased effort to spend as much time outdoors this year largely due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. When they are outside exercising they are not thinking about things like politics, health crises, or problems occurring around the country. They are focused instead on maintaining an active lifestyle together as a family and controlling the things in their lives that they can instead of worrying about things that they can't control. Stephanie has been an active user of the Healthy Parks Healthy Person program app since 2019.