HIKE for Mental Health

Share the joy of hiking. Bring hope to those battling mental illness.

Share the joy of hiking; bring hope to those battling mental illness.


Piney Falls Trail Hike

June 23, 2018 • Grandview, TN

Explore two luscious waterfalls and stunning views of the Cumberland Plateau...
Walk among the natural shelf-like rock structure of the gorge wall and enjoy deep forest sounds and smells...
Join in some self-reflection and, if you wish, a short journaling exercise to help find greater balance in your life...

Our hiking route is a short two mile out-and-back that will visit both the upper and lower falls.

Since mental health challenges often appear after stressful triggers, evaluating life balance is so important. If life is in balance, triggers don’t have such a traumatic event. We’ll talk about keeping balance when we reach the falls and anyone who is interested can do a short, simple worksheet exercise to evaluate their personal life balance and where to fill in the gaps.

Meet new friends and enjoy the natural beauty of Piney Falls, only 90 minutes from Knoxville and Chattanooga.


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 preference. Once you reach $100 in donations to your fundraising page, we will get your shirt to you.

If you hit the $100 ten 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 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: Firetower Road, Grandview, TN 37337
Date: June 23, 2018
Time: 9:30 AM - 1 PM. Exact times and locations with directions provided to registered hikers only.
Distance: Approximately 2 miles.
Difficulty level: Moderate. Some up's and down's, with one steeper section on the approach to the upper falls.
Suitable for beginners? Absolutely! A great hike for beginners who and can readily climb 3 flights of stairs without stopping and still be smiling.
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 $3,000. There is no minimum required to join the hike, but if every hiker raised $200, 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.
Hike director: Emily Ellis

"I have a passion for hiking East Tennessee mountains and promoting awareness for mental health," shares volunteer hike organizer Barb Carr. "I have a B.S. in psychology, am a Certified Professional Coach and yoga instructor. These passions are easily and beautifully combined. Many people I love struggle with mental illness, I want to contribute to lessening the stigma. This hike is only one hour from West Knoxville. The first time I visited Lower Piney Falls it was so beautiful and lush I was certain I would see a fairy fly out from behind a tree. If ever there was a magical, healing waterfall, Upper Piney Falls is it!"

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!


If you have any questions or ideas, please contact us.

We are glad to talk with you about your hike and how you can help HIKE for Mental Health.

We hope you will make HIKE for Mental Health a part of your hike.

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