From the Backyard to the Backwoods

TCP highly values the great outdoors and as such we place a large emphasis on exercise. We typically dedicate an entire day every week of our program to hiking. Although we have been virtual the past year, our exercise program is just as flush as ever including video workouts, yoga, group stretching, remote walks on Google Meet, socially distanced in-person adventure days, and so much more.

In the spirit of getting moving, the TCP Staff would like to share some of their favorite spots with our community.  All the suggestions below feature anonymous staff quotes and links for directions from TCP.

Within a two to three hour drive:

Raven Cliff Falls – 7 miles round trip trail with camping, an incredible view, and several large waterfalls.

Cloudland Canyon – Tons of different hiking trails, lots of camping, and incredibly stunning views. It feels more like a mini Colorado than Georgia. 

Check out the Tallulah River on your way to Asheville!

I am with the Ashville crew in taking in that beautiful scenery and mountains! In particular, Looking Glass Falls is a must-see site! 

For a great hiking spot, I recommend Lula Lake Land Trust near Lookout Mountain, GA. It’s a bit of a drive but well worth it! The beautifully preserved 8,000-acre gem has dozens of different trails with views galore, including two huge waterfalls! You do have to make a reservation ahead of time, but this means they are limiting the number of people per visit- making all your social distancing dreams come true!


Henderson Park – There’s a 3-mile loop I really enjoy with streams, a hidden meadow, and what I would refer to as a pretty large pond. *Only 20 minutes from TCP!

Arabia Mountain – One of our all-time favorite places – it feels like you have been transported from Georgia into a Spaghetti Western.


Clyde Shepard Nature Preserve – Thickly wooded pine forest, boardwalks, bamboo bird blinds, odd pine teepee structures, big rocks, who could ask for more? 10 Mins from TCP.

Can’t get out of town? Love this trail right in the city! The boardwalk portion of Mason Mill and beyond.

W. D. Thomson Park – Good ole’ fashioned hiking trails, creeks, and trees.

One of Billie Holiday the Cat’s favorite places to explore is my backyard. Alternatively, when a drive to a trail just isn’t in the cards, Grant Park yards offer excellent opportunities to stop and smell the roses (and other flowers).


Happy Hiking,
The TCP Staff

“Over every mountain there is a path, although it may not be seen from the valley.”

– Theodore Roethke

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