Now THIS is How You Build a Gym!!!!!!

Exercise equipment next to the lake at Big Ridge State Park near Maynardville, Tennessee.  Photo taken by and the property of FourWalls.
@FourWalls (42215)
United States
May 14, 2022 7:24pm CST
If this place charged a million dollars for gym membership it’d be worth it. Of course, it’s not a gym, it’s a free state park. This is Big Ridge State Park in Union County, Tennessee. This is where my side trip to the country music birthplaces began. As I’ve always said, I’m a sucker for those brown informational signs on the highway, and when I saw one for Big Ridge State Park I decided the interstate didn’t need me helping clog up the traffic in a construction zone, so off I went. Ooh, it’s nice. While not a big park, it has plenty of features, highlighted by Big Ridge Lake. There are hiking paths, camping spots (cabins and RVs), a reconstructed grist mill, and plenty of scenery. You can rent a paddle board or a canoe and enjoy some time on the lake. Or, if you are just dying to get back to Planet Fitness while you’re on vacation, they were kind enough to install four pieces of exercise equipment right on the lakeshore. There’s an exercise bike, a balance board, and a couple of other things so you can work out while you look out. Big Ridge State Park has nothing on those parks on the Plateau (Falls Creek Falls, etc.), but it was indeed a lovely stop and a scenic rest.
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@RubyHawk (58961)
• Atlanta, Georgia
15 May
I would love it, nothing better than parks with walking trails.We have several parks I love visiting.
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@FourWalls (42215)
• United States
15 May
It was nice that I could make my own walking trail instead of heading on the hiking paths. I just parked near the lake and walked back to the grist mill. Not a far walk (about a quarter of a mile), but it helped!
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@RubyHawk (58961)
• Atlanta, Georgia
15 May
@FourWalls That is nice . I like to get off the trail if I know the area well enough not to get lost.
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@much2say (53854)
• Los Angeles, California
15 May
Beautiful! I'd rather see naturesque scenery than walls and sweaty people . I'd love to go to a gym like that - with hiking and outdoor activities included .
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@FourWalls (42215)
• United States
15 May
Without question! That’s so much better than the bank of TVs they have at the gym!
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@much2say (53854)
• Los Angeles, California
15 May
@FourWalls Oh geez yes . . . like anyone needs any more screen time . Go breathe in some real fresh air and enjoy a real environment .
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@BarBaraPrz (36613)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
15 May
Are these exercise machines functional?
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@FourWalls (42215)
• United States
15 May
Yes, ma’am. You may have to bring some towels and antiseptic spray to clean the bird poop off, though. There are slight downsides to having them out in the elements.
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@wolfgirl569 (53324)
• Marion, Ohio
15 May
Sounds like a nice place
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@FourWalls (42215)
• United States
15 May
I was quite happy there!
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@jstory07 (119154)
• Roseburg, Oregon
15 May
That sounds like a really nice place to visit. i would want to go there.
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@FourWalls (42215)
• United States
15 May
It was nice, quiet, out of the way, and not busy. Perfect.
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@TheHorse (153053)
• Walnut Creek, California
15 May
Looks really peaceful. Makes me want to put a canoe in the water and paddle around, looking for turtles.
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@FourWalls (42215)
• United States
15 May
So you can sing “Happy Together” with them?
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@TheHorse (153053)
• Walnut Creek, California
15 May
@FourWalls Precisely. I could tell they loved it when I caught them (painted turtles) on the lake at our Summer Camp in Michigan.
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@FourWalls (42215)
• United States
15 May
@TheHorse — you need to sing “Like the Seasons,” the B-side of “Happy Together.” Your homework assignment is to look up who wrote that one…..
@CarolDM (182029)
• United States
15 May
Good for you. These places can be so much fun to visit and not many people around as well. I don’t care for the crowds.
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@FourWalls (42215)
• United States
15 May
People are too peoply for me.
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@CarolDM (182029)
• United States
15 May
@FourWalls Ha ha ha, that is what I say.
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@LindaOHio (91367)
• United States
15 May
That's really nice to be able to exercise outdoors in a lovely spot. Are you home safe and sound now?
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@FourWalls (42215)
• United States
15 May
Yep. I had a doctor’s appointment Tuesday but they called and canceled it. Oh well, Tuesday is primary Election Day here anyway.
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@LindaOHio (91367)
• United States
16 May
@FourWalls We had our primary on May 3.
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@Juliaacv (65552)
• Canada
15 May
Those began popping up in neighbourhood parks in our region about 6 or 8 years ago. They are nice. I like it when you pass thru a town on the lake and stop for a picnic and see those in the park. What a nice view.
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@FourWalls (42215)
• United States
15 May
It is a gorgeous view, and that may be the purpose. If you sit down and pedal on that stationary bicycle while looking at the lake next thing you know you’ve been on it for an hour.
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