Fernwood State Forest Hike

October 22, 2016 • Bloomingdale, OH

Drink in the colors and fragrance of fall...
Enjoy spectacular scenic views of the surrounding countryside...
Relax and make new friends at the Little Round Top Picnic area...
These are just a few of the attractions on the 3 mile loop hike in Fernwood State Forest in Bloomingdale, Ohio.

Registration Is Free

Instead of charging a fee, we ask your help raising funds for mental health research and trail maintenance.

It's fast and easy! When you register, you will be able to personalize a sponsorship page and share it through email and your favorite social media such as Facebook or Instagram. How does it work?  

Every little bit helps, and there is no minimum to raise – we just ask that you help us spread the word, then come join us on the trail.

Get a Free Hiking Shirt

Our quick-dry shirts look and feel great, on or off the trail.

Every registered hiker who raises at least $100 will receive a HIKE for Mental Health shirt as a token of our appreciation.

Available in men's or women's sizes SMALL – XXL.

When you register, we will ask your size and color preference. Once you hit $100 in donations to your sponsorship page, we will get your shirt to you.

If you hit the $100 by 10 days before the hike, your hike leader will have your shirt for you on hike day. Otherwise, we will mail it to you after the hike.

So help us raise money and awareness for this great cause.

For a Good Cause

HIKE for Mental Health is an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

All contributions to this hike are tax deductible, and 100% of the hike donations support our mission.

Eighty cents of every dollar funds mental health programs, including break-through scientific research into PTSD, schizophrenia, bipolar spectrum disorders, depression and other major mental ilnesses. Through research we can find better ways to alleviate the suffering that affects 1 in 4 American families.

The remaining twenty cents maintains wilderness trails across the U.S. By supporting non-profit, volunteer groups that care for our trails, we help preserve wilderness experiences for generations to come. Where the money goes.

Hike Details

Location: Fernwood State Forest, Boomingdale, OH
Date: October 22, 2015.
Time: 12 - 4 PM. Exact times and locations with directions provided to registered hikers only.
Distance: Approximately 3 miles.
Difficulty level: Easy.
Suitable for beginners? Absolutely! A great hike for beginners.
Registration fee Registration is free.
Pet friendly? Dogs are welcome in the park but must be on a leash no longer than 6 ft.
Sponsorship amount: The hike goal is $1,000. There is no minimum required to join the hike, but if every hiker raised $100, we would get very close to our goal.
Free shirt: Hikers who raise $100 or more will receive a free HIKE for Mental Health quick-dry hiking shirt.
Free gear: Lightheart Gear, Leki Trekking Poles, Vasque Footwear, Sealskinz, Princeton Tec, Hennessy Hammock, Sierra Designs, and ZPacks will donate a package of gear worth more than $1,200 to the hiker who raises the most in 2016!
Hike directors: Emily EllisMichael Wood, fondly known as “Medic Mike” on the trail, has section hiked portions of the Appalachian Trail, including VT and PA. Off the trail, he is a paramedic and a fire inspector. Being a hike organizer was an easy choice for Michael. “I too suffer from depression and bipolar and use hiking and backpacking for my therapy, so why not support a great cause to raise money to give back to the trails also?"

Trail Map

Every HIKE for Mental Health is an opportunity to:

  • get away from the hustle and bustle of work-a-day life and enjoy the beauty of Nature
  • renew old friendships and make new ones
  • have a great time hiking with a good group of people
  • stand up against the stigma of mental illness
  • discover your new favorite get-away
  • raise money for a great cause

Come on out and join us!

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