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Head outside for a hike: 3 trails to check out this spring

Explore three hiking trails for all levels + the benefits of getting direct sunlight

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Step outside, NOOGA — the health benefits and views are more than worth it.

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With warmer days ahead, it’s time to put some spring in your step and hit the trails.

Taking a hike is a great way to stay active. There are so many benefits to regularly walking, like maintaining a healthy weight, improving balance, strengthening bones and muscles, and more.

Plus, exercising outdoors is a natural way to increase vitamin D with sunlight. Did you know? Just 20 minutes outside each day can improve mood and increase vitamin D.

Studies show that exposure to sunshine brings major benefits, from more energy and reduced stress to better sleep. (Yes, please.)

Here are three hiking trails to check out for every level so you can stay active while taking in breathtaking views.

Mountain Biking view from Stringers Ridge

Pro tip: Before you head out, make sure you have all of the first aid essentials.

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South Chickamauga Creek Greenway, Tennessee River Park

Difficulty: Easy
This beginner-friendly, wheelchair-accessible trail features boardwalks and pavement for cyclists and walkers — and it’s pet-friendly.

Rainbow Lake to Edwards Point, Prentrice Cooper State Forest

Difficulty: Moderate
Enjoy waterfall views at the end of this 4.5-mile loop perfect for hiking, walking, and running.

Fiery Gizzard Trail to Raven’s Point, South Cumberland State Park

Difficulty: Hard
Bring your four-legged friend for a workout on this trail which features a 2-mile “boulder field” climb that’s sure to give you a good workout.

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