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Registration is Closed

The 2021 Hiking Marathon is over for another year. With over 2,400 registrations this is the biggest marathon so far. There were over 300 more registrations than last year as the marathon continues to grow in popularity. We will leave this website in place until June when we will start to update it for the 2022 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.
You can download a log-sheet to record your progress as the whole marathon is done on the honor system.

Share your experiences. Go to the "Contact" page and leave comments on your experience and upload a picture. You can also use this form to report any problems that you come across on the trails.(or errors on this website.)

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.

(You can test the feature using  this QR code.)


Aug 15: Registration Opens
Sep 1: Start Hiking
Sep 30: Stop Hiking
Oct 2: Hit the Trails Festival

Turn-around Signs

Quite a few marathon trails this year are “in -and-out” hikes. We have marked with these brown signs the the point at which you turn and retrace your steps .

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 2021 Sponsors




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