Start your adventure

The 2020 Marathon is in the history books. This website will be dormant for a few months until we start to prepare for the 2021 Hiking Marathon.

Get the latest information on the Friends of the Trails website  HERE

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.
You can download a log-sheet to record your progress but 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 have a new feature: 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 3: Hit the Trails Festival

Elk Sightings

As you are enjoying the trails in this year’s marathon, keep an eye out for this magnificent animal. Probably the only Elk in Cumberland County. It is huge. (Taking pictures is OK but do not climb on the animal or harm it in any way.)

A Few Registration Statistics

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 2020 Sponsors




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Northside Dentistry


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