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According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the average American spends only 7% of their life outside! Luckily, for residents of The Village, or Lakeshore, by Simple Life, the percentage of time spent outdoors is likely higher. This is because living in a small cottage can often inspire folks to connect and share life beyond the walls of their own home. With limited indoor space, sometimes getting out is appealing!

Simple Life Outside Living

Our residents are spending time outside has significant and wide-ranging health benefits. Recent reports reveal that exposure to greenspace reduces the risk of type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease, stress, and high blood pressure. Besides helping you live a longer, healthier life, spending time in nature can help you live a happier life, too. It can help improve your physical, mental, and emotional well-being.

Of course, all communities by Simple Life feature signature community amenities including sports courts, walking trails, and swimming pools, making it easy to enjoy outdoor relaxation and fitness close to home.

Plus, both The Village and Lakeshore are located in areas with abundant natural beauty and easy access to outdoor recreation like hiking, biking, and fishing. Whether you feel like venturing out or staying close to home, finding something to do outside when you live in a Simple Life community is a breeze.

Outside Activities in North Carolina

Consider these ideas for things to do outside if you are living in or visiting a tiny house cottage home in our Flat Rock, NC community.

Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site. 

The home of poet Carl Sandburg and his family, this site is located on 264 acres that includes 5-miles of hiking trails, a dairy goat farm, and offers daily tours of the Sandburg Home should you choose. (find out more)

Sky Top Orchard. 

A pick-your-own apple orchard offering family-fun activities including hayrides, farm animal viewing and feeding, Sky Top is open 7 days a week beginning in early August and operates through the first Sunday after Thanksgiving. (find out more)

Pulliam Creek Trailhead. 

Pulliam Creek Trail is a 5.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail that features a beautiful river perfect for moderate paddlers. The trail itself is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and nature trips and is best used from March until October. For dog lovers, dogs are also able to use this trail! 

A man and a woman smiling and sitting on a bench outdoors with a small white dog on the man's lap. a water bowl is on the ground beside them.

Here are some ideas for fun outdoor activities near Lakeshore our tiny house community in the heart of central Florida.

Back Road Berries. 

Back Road Berries is a family-owned and operated you-pick berry farm.  BRB grows three types of berries: strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries.  Strawberry harvesting begins in December and continues into March.  Blueberry picking begins in April and ends in May.  Thorn-less Blackberries ripen the latter part of May and are ready to pick through June. (find out more)

Lake Okahumpka Park & Boat Ramp. 

This 130 acre park feature so many options! Some example are a 1+ mile paved bike/fitness trail, a boat ramp, grills, horseshoe pits, and so much more. It is a great place to spend time just breathing in the fresh air. Canoes can also be rented at Lake Okahumpka Park. (find out more)

Cane Garden Country Club. 

For those who enjoy their outdoor activities on the fairway, Cane Garden Country Club is one of Florida’s most naturally beautiful courses where the pursuit of “Birdies” is equal to the time one might spend “Bird” watching. The club offers 27 holes for play and features a magnificent hillside clubhouse surrounded by oak hammocks. The course plays around a 140-acre eagle preserve! (find out more)

A couple sits on a bench on a wooden deck overlooking a tranquil marsh, engaged in conversation, surrounded by lush greenery.

Outside Living: The Key To Happiness

Spending time outside makes you happy! While researchers still aren’t exactly sure what causes this link between outdoors and happiness, many studies have shown that our moods take a positive shift when we spend time outside surrounded by nature. Jump into your simple lifestyle today and let living in a smaller, more space efficient space inspire you to get outside and explore!


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