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.


Horton Hike for Mental Health

June 15, 2019
Henry Horton State Park, Chapel Hill, TN

Be among the first to hike along the newly opened Spring Creek Trail, enjoying the sounds of the bubbling creek and aroma of the cedar forest...

Walk in the steps of your ancestors on historic Wilhoite Mill trail along the Duck River...

Marvel in the impressive rock formation and relax in the fellowship of your fellow hikers...

These are just a few of the attractions of the five-hour Horton Hike for Mental Health in Chapel Hill, TN.

The hike will start and end at the Henry Horton State Park campground so feel free to bring your tents, pop-ups or campers and make a wekeend of it! There are also cabins and an inn across the river.

A fun day that offers something for everyone, this hike is a great way to meet new friends, enjoy the natural beauty of the Chapel Hill area, less than an hour from Nashville.

NOTE: Due to inclimate weather, the hike date has been changed to June 15.

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.

While all our other hikes throughout the year support our mission causes, the Bear Mountain hike is our one event that helps offset the costs of running HIKE for Mental Health.

We fund our operating costs largely out of our own pockets, but as we have grown, so too have the expenses. We still contribute thousands of dollars of our money, but we need a little help to keep growing.

For example, when we receive a $100 credit card donation, the credit card processing service keeps about $3. We get $97. But we make that amount whole so that $100 goes to our mission.

We also have expenses for maintaining our website, printing flyers, maintaining liability insurance, buying shirts and bandanas, etc. We are all volunteers so no money goes to anyone connected with HIKE for Mental Health.

So we hope you will sign up and ask your friends to sponsor you. The money all goes for a great cause. You can see more details about our funding and expenses in our 990 financial filing with the IRS.

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

Hike Details

Location: Henry Horton State Park, Chapel Hill, TN
Date: June 15, 2019.
Time: 10 AM - 2 PM. Exact times and locations with directions provided to registered hikers only.
Distance: Approximately 5 miles.
Difficulty level: Easy to moderate.
Suitable for beginners? Absolutely!
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 $5,000. 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.
Free gear: The top fundraiser for this hike will receive a Hennessey Hammock Ultralight Backpacker Asym Classic hammock and accessory kit, which retails for $220. This multi-award-winning design was generously donated by Hennessey Hammock. The winner will be the hiker registered for this hike with the highest fundraising total on his or her fundraising page by the end of day, one week after the hike, with minimum raised of at least $400.
Hike director: Adam HastyAdam is an avid hiker who has been camping and hiking since he was a small child. He and his father would camp up and down the East Coast, visiting Civil War Battlefields along the way. Now that he is a big kid, Adam uses hiking as his outlet from the everyday hustle of daily life. "The woods are the last pure thing on Earth. The trees pass no judgement and the trail does not have an opinion on your thoughts. They are just there for you, " states Adam. "I have been touched by suicide and substance abuse in my life, and I have always wondered what I could have done to prevent these things. I can make a difference by supporting the experts in the field of mental/behavioral health. Henry Horton is my home. It is absolutely beautiful and I want to share the park in hopes others see it through my eyes."

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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