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.


Spruce Creek Park Hike

May 27, 2017 • Port Orange, FL

Marvel in the beauty of a marsh from the observation deck...
Appreciate the beauty of a forest as you meet new friends...
Relax and birdwatch at the bird observation tower...

These are just a few of the attractions on the 3.5 mile Spruce Creek Park hike in Port Orange, FL.

For those interested, join us for lunch after the hike across the street at Hidden Treasure Restaurant. There are also kayak rentals available for anyone interested in doing that on their own after the hike.

Meet new friends and enjoy the natural beauty of the Florida coastline just 20 minutes from Daytona Beach and 75 minutes from Orlando.

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: Spruce Creek Park, Port Orange, FL.
Date: May 27, 2017.
Time: 9 AM - 12 PM. Exact times and locations with directions provided to registered hikers only.
Distance: Approximately 3.5 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. Remember to bring doggie bags and water for your furry friend!
Sponsorship amount: The hike goal is $1,000. 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 stuff: The top fundraiser for this hike will receive an autographed copy of Walking North by Mic Lowther, generously donated by Mic.Walking North is a story of discovery, a story of realizations about the natural world that come slowly, gradually, to someone who doesn't even know he is looking for anything. Mic and Jerrianne Lowther, with ten-year-old daughter, Kyra, start optimistically one first day of spring to walk from Georgia to Maine along the Appalachian Trail. Walking North is a thoughtful narrative, descriptive at times, touching at times, humorous throughout. 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 on June 3, one week after the hike.
Hike director: Karen BradtSoon to be an activity leader for the Florida Trail Association, Karen loves spending time in the outdoors and is also a member of the Sierra Club. She led activities with the YMCA Earth Services Corp for many years and once served as program coordinator. Karen also has three adult children and four grand daughters. She continues to enjoy the same outdoor activities with her grandchildren as she enjoyed with her children. For her day job, she works in the mental health field as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Karen believes that balance is important to mental health, and we are all affected by our environment.

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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