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Get Your Heart Pumping in Madison County!

The beginning of January is an exciting time for everyone who wants to kick off an exciting year with the quest of good health and exercise. It is also an exciting time for your local shoe store that has rows and rows of your favorite brands like Brooks, Hoka One, New Balance, On Running, and Altra. We offer a wide variety of sizes, widths, and colors and our trained staff can get you in the perfect footwear to keep you in your best form while you increase your cardio! 

We asked our Facebook peeps to tell us some of their favorite places here locally to burn some calories. We had a lot of great tips on excellent trails and parks like Million Park and Battlefield Park among others.

Many of the responses enjoy a good walk at Lake Reba. If you’ve ever walked it, you probably know about the challenging hill as you turn away from the lake and alongside the 10th fairway at Gibson Bay.

We also saw several recommendations for White Hall Park in Northern Madison County. It’s morning time views with fog rising from the lake are absolutely breathtaking. It also provides a variety of views of the White Hall Mansion which was built by Cassius Clay himself. Just like Lake Reba, White Hall offers plenty of challenge but also long stretches of flat trails. If you go in the morning, you’re almost sure to see at least one deer.

Some of the most challenging outdoor hikes can be found in Berea. The Pinnacles offer a variety of trails and lead to some of the most breathtaking views our state has to offer. If you’ve never hiked to the Indian Fort Lookout, you’re in for an incredible treat. It’s been a favorite for locals since well before any of our time.

Eastern Kentucky University earns its nickname, “The Campus Beautiful” during all four seasons. With beautiful buildings, old trees, and plenty of pavement, it provides an excellent setting to get some exercise and enjoy beautiful surroundings. Personally, I have always loved the area along Lancaster Avenue and the Ravine, but we had a number of recommendations on Facebook to visit the Woodchip Trail. I can’t wait to get on campus and try it out!

For some people, finding time to get their steps in each day is difficult because of their work schedule. Several clever people shared that they use opportunities within their job to stay active. If we put our minds to it, this is probably something all of us could do a little more of!

For those rainy days that we don’t like to get out, a lot of people visit the old Richmond Mall across from us here at Soft Shoe. If you haven’t been there in a while, it’s definitely worth a visit to see some of the local shops that call it home.

We have numerous options in Madison County to get on a treadmill or stationary bike, or if you plan to amp up your workout regime by adding in some more intense training, here’s some of the local places that received some recommendations.

We also received some tips that might not be the most helpful, but they did at least give us a good laugh!

Wherever you decide to exercise, please always remember to make sure your shoes fit properly, wear good socks (we sell thousands of pairs of compression socks every year), and wear reflective clothing if you’re out in the dark.

Stay Safe and Shop Local!

59 Responses so far.

  1. This was put together so well!! Love it

  2. Crystal Snowden says:

    Behind Waco school before I became temporarily unable to due to health

    • Adam Griggs says:

      Crystal, we hope 2020 is a year of nothing but good news and good times for you! You’re such a great customer and nice person!

  3. Kimberly says:

    So cool!

  4. Lori Price says:

    I’m blessed to work with special needs adults, we walk around Lake Reba, Whitehall Park and we go to Richmond Mall when the weather is bad. I’m glad my clients enjoy walking with me. After work I go to the gym to get a good sweat on!

  5. Sandra Allen says:

    Love to hike at the Pinnacles in Berea!

  6. Walking at Richmond Mall is a great place to get some exercise.

  7. Dana Peters says:

    The Pinnacles in Berea is a great hike and workout!

  8. Billy Daniel says:

    I prefer the woods. Trails the up and down hills crossing paths with wildlife. Sitting along the banks of the water. Peace and serenity. A great place to run, quiet meditations alone with the creator

  9. Susan Norton-Casey says:

    Great ideas for outdoor activity!

  10. Susan Norton-Casey says:

    Great ideas for outdoor activity! Thanks for sharing!

  11. Shanna Thompson says:

    A lot of great suggestions.

  12. Eden says:

    I would love to do more running outdoors. I will definitely look some of these places up.

  13. Brenda says:

    White hall park

  14. Linda Clinkenbeard says:

    Gonna have to try some of these places!

    • Chasity Cox says:

      Oh I loved reading this and hearing about all the different places definitely makes me want to go and check them all out ? This was very interesting and I always enjoy the different blogs. Thanks for sharing .

  15. Shelley Vencill says:

    White Hall, by far. It’s so peaceful and there are so many options on changing up your route while you’re running.

  16. Amy says:

    You were definitely right about Lake Reba and Whitehall. We have some beautiful scenic spots for walking and getting in some good cardio!

  17. Marcus Carmicle says:

    White Hall

  18. Kim Richardson says:

    I get plenty of exercise at work!

  19. Patty Turpin says:

    Love Whitehall beautiful an peaceful.

  20. Melissa Fields says:

    I agree with the comments regarding Lake Reba. I think it’s just so beautiful.

  21. Jessica Green says:

    Lake Reba❤??‍♀️
    Scenery is beautiful

  22. Emily says:

    I like walking/running at White Hall Park. Great support with Run Richmind running group there on Sat AM

  23. Joyce says:

    I need a new pair of tennis shoes!!
    Thanks for all Soft Shoe does for our community!

  24. Melinda Osborne says:

    Love this!

  25. Emily says:

    The fairly new walking track by the Pinnacles is super nice and they just extended it! When it gets warmer I’m going to go use it a lot!

  26. Regina Lovings says:

    I like to walk anytime anywhere.

  27. Kim Woolums says:

    I love the Pinnacles too! All great suggestions! ??‍♀️

  28. Brandy King says:

    I live in Berea, and I love walking around the campus. It is so peaceful. After seeing so many people talk about the places above I want to go walk there!

  29. Brandi says:

    Nice blog ?

  30. Candace says:

    White hall park 🙂

  31. Angela says:

    Love walking at Lake Reba.

  32. Kim Sparks says:

    I go to Everybody’s Gym in Irvine but I love to walk outside on nicer days.

  33. Alicia latimer says:

    Great article!

  34. Cynthia says:

    I love walking at Brushy Fork in Berea!it has easy trails and tough trails and is absolutely beautiful year round!

  35. Christina Saylor says:

    A lot of good choices year round in Madison county!

  36. Robyn Bingham says:

    Lake Reba!

  37. Grace truett says:

    I want to try white hall soon.

  38. White Hall park has a great walking trail

  39. Stephanie Lewis says:

    I’m a big fan of the Y!

  40. Tausha Gunn says:

    Thanks for creating this, it provided me with some great places to check out once it warms up this spring.

  41. Kari says:

    Million Park off Tate’s Creek Road is wonderful!

  42. Stephanie Arthur says:

    My dog and I love running at Whitehall and Lake Reba. I also like working out at Edge Body Boot Camp.

    • Kimberly Rhodus says:

      Whitehall track!!!! It’s around a beautiful pond, beautiful scenery, you can see the entire track, restrooms, benches to rest, playground for kids while walking/running, lots of close parking, and never crowded!!!!

  43. Danielle Sparks says:

    I LOVE to exercise in Irvine, KY. Especially during the sunset. Walking or running around the block. It makes for a beautiful scenery!!

  44. Regina Durham says:

    I love to walk at Berea College and Indian Fort Theater is beautiful as well. Berea Community School has some nice walking trails.

  45. Melissa Haggard says:

    I love to walk at Lake Reba, the track at B. Cadillac Middle School or behind Waco Elementary. My son rides his bike while I walk/jog.

  46. Megan says:

    It’s about time for a new pair of running shoes from Soft Shoe!

  47. Jasmine Flannery says:

    Thanks for highlighting my comment! 🙂

  48. Melissa says:

    I love walking on our street on pretty days sometimes we go to our school playground

  49. Jackson says:

    Richmond athletic club is as good as it gets! No better place to get a lift in and talk to some friendly people.

  50. Chasity Cox says:

    Oh I loved reading this and hearing about all the different places definitely makes me want to go and check them all out ? This was very interesting and I always enjoy the different blogs. Thanks for sharing .

  51. We Love walking around Berea College and around the town. You can get good exercise and you can also look at the Beautiful city I live in.

  52. Katrina says:

    Richmond athletic club is definitely the best. Super supportive community and always feels so good to be there!

  53. REBECCA says:

    Berea Fitness

  54. Cathy Jo McA6 says:

    I have recently started working out at GetFit. I highly recommend the pound class. It is fun, energetic and works every part of your body. My body is currently suffering from the soreness of my first class!

  55. Regina D says:

    I love to walk around Berea College and Berea Community school. They have some nice trails down from Boone Tavern as well.

  56. Lake Reba is BEAUTIFUL..

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