Marathon Trails & Maps
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Welcome to the Cumberland County Hiking Marathon. As you hike these trails you will enjoy a wide variety of terrain and geographical features. We hope this marathon takes you places that you would not normally go and that you have positive experiences along the way. We hope you enjoy hiking these trails but please stay on the trail when hiking and respect private property in residential communities. Carry plenty of water at all times, use bug-spray and watch your step – it is easy to twist an ankle on rocks and tree roots. Pets are permitted on all trails but please pick up after your dog if it fouls the trail-bed. The information on this page is for hikers who are doing the Full Marathon (26.2 miles) or the Half Marathon (13.1 miles.)
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Fairfield Glade Trails
1. Overlook Trail
This is a hiker favorite and annual standard. The trail was extensively rerouted in 2017 to eliminate grassy roads and a logging road from the route. A 2nd reroute was completed in 2021 to improve the safety on a steep part of the trail below the parking lot. Allow an 1.0 to 1.5 hours walking time to complete this trail – not including stops to rest or enjoy the scenery. This trail is a lollipop layout…hike the short stem, then at the junction turn left or right to go around the lollipop. Particularly enjoy the section along Daddy’s Creek. Walking alongside water is always interesting.
From the Peavine Road/Stonehenge Drive junction, take Peavine going east for half a mile. Turn right onto Westchester drive. After 3.0 miles, just after passing Dorchester Golf Club, turn left onto Windsor Road. Take the second right onto Wimberley Road then immediately turn left onto the gravel road. This road ends at the Overlook parking area and trailhead. After parking your vehicle and enjoying the views from the overlook enter the trail on the left.
2. Fairfield Glade Library Trail
3. Fairfield Glade Yellow Loop
This trail takes you through the Fairfield Glade canyon, along the edge of the Good Samaritan Campus, along a Catoosa Boulevard sidewalk, into the Hickory Ridge subdivision, and down the “Connector” trail and back to your car. The trail has been extensively rerouted in the last year due to the planned construction of new homes in the area. The new route is much more hiker-friendly than the old route and we are sure you will enjoy it. Navigate carefully and follow the Yellow trail markers, and the Marathon arrows.
From the junction of Peavine Road and Stonehenge Drive, take Peavine Road east for half a mile and turn left on to Catoosa Boulevard. After 2.8 miles turn into parking area on your right marked with a “Nature Trails” sign.
Note: Please do not park near the water tower as there is no longer access to the trail from that location due to planned construction.
4. Fairfield Glade Red Loop
This is the trailhead for both the Hemlock Trail and the Rotherham Trail. We strongly recommend that you hike this loop in the counter-clockwise direction as this avoids climbing up the very steep Rotherham Trail. Follow the red loop markers.
Proceed along the end of the lake to the trailhead sign for the Hemlock Trail. Follow the trail, past the majestic Hemlock tree for which the trail was named, and after half a mile it crosses Rotherham Drive. After another third of a mile it comes to Catoosa Boulevard and parallels the road for a quarter of a mile before turning back into the woods where it goes behind Bluff View Terrace and climbs upwards for nearly half a mile to the Good Samaritan Trail. Turn left and follow the trail behind the Good Samaritan assisted living facility for a half a mile until you reach the intersection with the Rotherham Trail.
Turn left onto the Rotherham Trail and follow the trail as it descends steeply into the valley. After half a mile the trail turns left along the creek and levels out for an easy walk for the last half-mile to the Rotherham Drive parking lot where the hike started.
From the junction of Peavine Road and Stonehenge Drive, take Peavine Road east for half a mile and turn left on to Catoosa Boulevard. After about 1.2 miles turn left on to Rotherham Drive. Drive down the steep hill and after 0.6 miles you will come to the parking lot on the left at the end of Lake Dartmoor.
Note: If needed there is additional parking available across the road along Homberg Lane.
5. Fairfield Glade Kirkstone Trail
This is approximately a 2.0 mile loop hiking trail along gravel roads. The Trailhead is at the junction of Marmaduke and Christopher a little way up the hill from the spillway on Lake Kirkstone. Most streets are not indicated with signs. The route is marked with yellow stakes and arrows at road junctions.
Starting at the trailhead turn right on to Christopher Lane. At the end of Christopher Lane turn left onto Marmaduke Drive. Follow Marmaduke Drive for about 1.5 miles back to the trailhead.
From the junction of Peavine Road and Stonehenge Drive, take Peavine Road east for half a mile and turn right onto Westchester Drive.
After 2.4 miles, turn right onto Malvern Road. In 1.2 miles, turn right onto Marmaduke Drive.
Park on the side of Marmaduke Drive or at the Lake Kirkstone boat launch parking area, taking care not to obstruct access for boaters.
Cumberland County Trails
6. Soldier’s Beach Trail, Meadow Park
It is recommended that you follow the signs and hike this 1.7-mile trail in a counter-clockwise direction. It is a very pretty trail with not many uphill sections to be negotiated and many views across the lake. The trail does pass close to the lakeshore so children do need to be supervised.
Note: This is called Soldier’s Beach Trail because, during World War 2, German Prisoners of War from a camp in Crossville were used to build a recreational facility here for US Soldier’s families.
To get to Meadow Park take Lantana Road, Highway 101, south out of Crossville. After about 3.5 miles, go straight through the lights where Highway 282 turns off for Lake Tansi. The road narrows from four lanes down to two lanes. After another mile turn right on to City Lake Road. There is a large Meadow Park sign on the corner. The trail-head parking is about half a mile on the left but you might want to follow City Lake Road to where it dead-ends at the park marina and office. Enjoy the views across the lake, and maybe use the restrooms at the campsite. Feel free to stop in the office and say “Hi” to Marlene Potter the park manager, then drive back up the entrance road 0.6 miles to the trail-head parking lot which will now be on the right hand side of the road.
7. Maryetta Trail
The Maryetta Trail is a 1.7 mile “lollipop” trail in the woods pretty close to downtown Crossville. One leg of the loop is along the Obed River. The return is higher up the hillside.
The trail starts at the back of the parking lot where it descends quite steeply to the river bank. At the bottom of the ramp turn right and follow the fence line for a short distance (The least scenic part of the hike!) before crossing the pedestrian bridge into the woods. You can hike the loop in either direction.
Take Sparta Highway from West Avenue at Krogers. After half a mile turn right onto the driveway of the Crossville Wastewater Treatment Facility. Before reaching the gates, turn left on the gravel track down to the trail-head parking area.
8. Woodlawn Loop Trail & Little Obed Trail
This is a delightful figure-of-eight woodland trail that was constructed in 2017. Part of the trail is along the Little Obed River but you only get glimpses of the river as you pass close by. Recently the trail was extended 0.7 miles along the river to Old Jamestown Highway.
This hike consists of the WoodlawnLloop and then out and back along the the Little Obed Trail. Turn around at Old Jamestown Highway when you see the Marathon Stop sign.
Woodlawn Road can be accessed from either Genesis Road or Old Jamestown Highway. Turn on to Woodlawn Court opposite the Lighthouse Church. Proceed to the end of the paved raod and a short distance on gravel to the trail-head parking area.
9. Meditation Trail
Please do not hike this trail on a Sunday morning as the parking lot will be full with the congregation’s cars.
Enter the Meditation Trail and enjoy an easy walk in this quiet spot close to the bustling activity in Crossville. As you will see on the hike, in recent years there has been extensive tree damage from strait-line winds When you reach the creek you will cross using the large rocks in the creek-bed. Should the water in the creek be too high to cross just return to the parking lot and repeat the loop a second time.
The street address is 1038 Sparta Hwy, Crossville, TN.
Head out of Crossville along Sparta Highway, Route 70. After three quarters of a mile pass Ace Hardware on the right. Approximately a quarter of a mile after Ace turn right into the parking lot of the St Raphael Episcopal Church. Park behind the church close to the trailhead.
10. Cumberland Mountain State Park:
Storybook Paved Trail
Start at the kayak marina behind the restaurant. Cross the wooden bridge onto the Storybook Trail. Stop along the way and read the kid friendly signs. When you reach the road by the Park Office, and see the Marathon Stop sign, turn around and return. (There are public restrooms in the park office building and the restaurant.)
The Cumberland Mountain State Park is very well known and there are plenty of road signs directing you to the park, which is about four miles south east of Crossville on Highway 127.
There is plenty of parking in the park but please do not park in the restaurant parking lot as that gets very busy at times. We suggest you park near the kayak marina behind the restaurant.
11. Cumberland Trail: Head of Sequatchie
ABOUT THE HEAD OF SEQUATCHIE
The Head of Sequatchie is an area of the Justin P. Wilson Cumberland Trail State Park admired for its serenity and beauty. Named for the headwaters of the Sequatchie River, the Head of Sequatchie boasts hiking, history, and pristine beauty serving as a snapshot of a time since passed.
Enjoy the birthplace of the Sequatchie River, which rushes forth as the only natural water outlet of the pristine Grassy Cove to the north as a result of the karst topography of the area. Take the side trail to an overlook of Devilstep Hollow Cave and pass by Sherrill Cemetery where rests the first sheriff of Cumberland County–Craven Sherrill (descendant of Katherine “Bonnie Kate” Sherrill, wife of John Sevier).
On these grounds, you will walk the same trails as the first European settlers of Tennessee as well as Native Americans dating back to the Mississippian Period when Devilstep Hollow Cave was an important ceremonial site (home to some of the most archaeologically significant pictographs, petroglyphs, and mud glyphs in the southeastern United States).
The beginning of the Sequatchie Valley, which stretches into Alabama, is an excellent place for picnics, outings, and gatherings of all sorts. Accessible and open to all–The Head of Sequatchie is like no other.
Park in the grassy area and walk across the bridge. Restrooms are in the first building across the bridge on the left. The trail begins across the field behind the building to the right. Cross the bridge where the Sequatchie River begins as a spring, cross the bridge and turn left and up the steps. Turn at the third left off of the grassy road (follow the Marathon arrows), and follow the trail through the woods until you see the Marathon Stop sign then turn around. Retrace your steps until the grassy road and then turn left and follow the mowed field path back to the head of the Sequatchie river.
Driving from Crossville:
- Take Highway 127 south out of Crossville. After 2.4 miles you will come to a split, at the Homestead Tower, as highway 68 goes to the left you will take a right and stay on highway 127 south. After 0.6 miles you will pass the main entrance to Cumberland Mountain State Park. Stay on Highway 127 south. After 5 miles you will pass the Basses Creek Bridge.
- You should continue south on Highway 127. After you pass Basses Creek bridge start looking for a left turn onto Brown Road. This road is 1.6 miles from the bridge, just after you have topped a hill.
- Brown Road is a tar and chip road you will follow for 0.7 miles until it tees into Rhea Road, here turn to the left.
- You will follow Rhea road for about 0.5 miles until it tees at Old highway 28 at the dumpster station. Here you turn right and go south on old highway 28.
- Follow old 28 for a distance of 2.5 miles down off the Plateau as you begin your descent into the Sequatchie Valley. You will make two sharp turns going down, so watch your speed as the road is also narrow.
- Turn left at the Head of Sequatchie Sign, onto the gravel driveway that goes onto the park property.
- Follow this gravel road to the bottom of the hill to the parking area.
12. Cumberland Trail: Ozone Falls
13. Cumberland Trail: Black Mountain Loop
After parking the car, follow the signs to the Main Trail and the South Overlook. After enjoying the views at the overlook return to the Main Trail and head south along this section of the Cumberland Trail. Although it is not required for the marathon, you can take the staircase down off the summit if you want to admire the rock formations, then back up the stairs and turn left onto the loop trail to the northern overlook. Continue along the loop trail, crossing over the access road. Note where the main, Cumberland Trail branches off the left but remain on the loop trail and return to the parking lot. The trails in the park pass close to steep drop-offs in many places so children should be supervised.
Take Bat Town Road south from the Crab Orchard exit from I-40, exit 329. After about two miles turn left onto Owl Roost Road where it is signed to the Justin P Wilson State Park. Take Owl Roost Road and Black Mountain Road for three miles to the parking lot at the summit of the mountain. Drive carefully as it is a single-track road with passing places. This year we have arranged for TDOT to clear the sides of the road before the marathon starts, so visibility should be much better than in the past.