Last minute hike to Standing Stone State Park! Good place to get some good exercise on the modest hills surrounding scenic views of Kelly Lake. After the hike, you can playground swing on the swing set located near the trail head! Woo Hoo!!! It's fun.
Carpool #1 @ 8:00 am (CT): Kroger, 5544 Old Hickory Blvd, Hermitage, TN 37076 (I-40, Exit 221).
Carpool #2 @ 8:35 am (CT): Home Depot, 955 S Hartman Drive, Lebanon, TN 37087 (I-40, Exit 236).
Hike Distance: Approximately 8 miles. Agenda: Cooper Mountain Trail. Driving direction Google link. The carpools should be arriving at the Park Office parking area (off Hwy 136) by 10:25am- 10:35am (CT).
Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous. Some elevation, hills, but nothing technically difficult.
Drive Time: About 1 hour 45 minutes, one-way. Carpool drivers assume the bulk of the cost for using their vehicles. An appropriate amount to give your driver is $15 per passenger. Gas is about $3.65/gallon as of this writing (Feb 20, 2013).
POST HIKE: Optional Post hike group grub grab options in Cookeville: Moma Rosa's is a hiker favorite!
Standing Stone State Park and Standing Stone State Forest covers nearly 11,000 acres on the Cumberland Plateau of north-central Tennessee. The quaint and rustic park is noted for its outstanding scenery, spring wildflowers, fossils and other natural diversity.
The park is located in Overton County within a triangle formed by highways connecting Livingston, Gainesboro and Celina, Tennessee.
Standing Stone State Park offers over 8 miles of day-use hiking trails, providing access to some of the park's loveliest areas. Trails range from easy to strenuous and pass into virgin woods, through vivid wildflowers and over-flowing streams, and around beautiful Standing Stone Lake. Remember, all plants, animals and natural features are protected. Please leave them for others to enjoy!
Standing Stone State Park:
web site: http://tn.gov/environment/parks/StandingStone/
Park Map: http://tn.gov/environment/parks/StandingStone/pdf/parkmap.pdf