Start your adventure

The 2023 Hiking Marathon has ended. This page will be inactive until July when it will be updated for the 2024 Marathon.

Hike 26.2 miles individually or in small groups over one month at your own pace on specially selected trails on the Cumberland Plateau. It is completely FREE to enter. Participate in the marathon and get a free T-shirt at the Hit the Trails Festival in October. Finish the marathon and also get a patch. Bring a dog with you and the dog will get a bandana.
Don’t feel that you can complete 26.2 miles……try the half-marathon(13.1 miles) or the 10K Challenge (6.3 miles).
You can download a log-sheet to record your progress as the whole marathon is done on the honor system.

Log Sheets

The Results

Log your completed trails and see how your friends are doing here:

2021 South Cumberland Elementary
Becky Shreve capturing the spirit of the Hiking Marathon

We are Very Grateful for our Sponsors

  • Platinum = $2,500
  • Gold = $1,000
  • Silver = $500

Donations Donations

Our generous sponsors allow this to be a FREE event for all participants. However if you enjoy the Hiking Marathon each year and wish to make a contribution to keep it going (…..or contribute to the cost of new trails), just use this “DONATE” button to make an on-line donation.

Kids Program

We are offering a special program for kids to encourage them to be nature-friendly hikers. Kids who participate will receive a backpack filled with fun items.

We use QR Codes

A QR code is a strange graphic consisting of black squares and dots. If you try to take a picture of a QR code with your phone it will offer to take you to a website. Accept the offer with our QR codes and you go straight to the appropriate  trail map and description.

You will find the QR code at each trail-head attached to the top of one of the marathon signs. Snap a picture and bring up the trail map on your phone. It is as easy as that.


Aug 15: Registration Opens
Sep 1: Start Hiking
Sep 30: Stop Hiking
Oct 7: Hit the Trails Festival

Marathon Flyer

Download a PDF version of the flyer to help spread the word about the Hiking Marathon.

Make a tax deductible donation to Friends of the Trails for use on the hiking trails in Cumberland County. You can specify how or where your donation should be used. We will email you a receipt for tax purposes.

Our 2023 Sponsors