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 your completed trails and see how your friends are doing here:
We are Very Grateful for our Sponsors
- Platinum = $2,500
- Gold = $1,000
- Silver = $500
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.
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.
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.