OAT hosting first Turkey Trek event

Outdoor Adventure Training, Signal Mountain resident Adam Noll’s new business focused on outdoor education, is holding its first Turkey Trek walk/hike to Mushroom Rock Saturday, Nov. 25 at 9 a.m.

In lieu of a registration fee, participants are asked to bring nonperishable food items to the free family-friendly event to be donated to Signal Mountain Social Services’ food pantry.

“Any chance to get outdoors is a great opportunity, and Mushroom Rock is worth seeing,” said Noll. “It’s extraordinary and unique, and we anticipate a big crowd, if for no other reason than it benefits the food pantry.”

Monetary contributions are also welcome from those who would rather not bring food, he said.

“Every penny will go straight to the food pantry,” said Noll, a self-proclaimed thrift shop lover who found out about SMSS through personal shopping trips to the Clothes House. “My mother taught me to do things by example, and all her life she has put others first in a way that’s extraordinary. We know Signal Mountain Social Services is doing that and we just want to be a part of that.”

He said the trek to Mushroom Rock, which will begin in Shackleford Ridge Park behind Signal Mountain Middle/High School, is a little more than a mile long. Since the rock is on private property, no sign can be posted, and Noll said many people have asked him how to reach the spot.

“Almost anyone who has mobility can get there and back, so it’s family-friendly and senior-friendly,” he said, adding that sneakers as opposed to hiking boots are acceptable footwear for the trek.

Noll plans to hold the event every year the Saturday after Thanksgiving. He said he wanted to make it a leisurely hike as opposed to a race so funds could be directed toward SMSS instead of prizes for race winners.

“It’s not a competition. Everyone who wants to participate can participate, even if they’re not in great shape,” he said. “The real winners are the people who get the food from Signal Mountain Social Services.”

By registering the day of the event, participants’ names will be entered into a drawing to win door prizes, all of which are items that can be used while enjoying time outdoors, said Noll.

Kevin Livingood Photography, another Signal Mountain resident’s business, will be at the event taking group, individual and candid photographs that will be available for attendees to purchase online after the trek.

Holiday trek

Shackleford Ridge Park is located behind SMMHS at 2250 Sam Powell Drive. Contact Adam Noll with questions at 987-9628 or visit outdooradventuretraining.com.


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