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. 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 to go around the lollipop in a clockwise direction. We recommend going clockwise so that you can enjoy a level or downhill hike until right at the end when you have climb up from the creek to the parking lot.) Particularly enjoy the section along Daddy’s Creek. Walking alongside water is always interesting. The hike ends with rather a steep climb back up from the creek to the trail-head but multiple switchbacks make it a little easier.
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. Seven Bridges Trail
This trail begins at the Methodist Church on Westchester Drive. It is a pleasant walk through the woods by a number of streams with, you have guessed it, seven bridges. The first section of the trail is along a grassy road then it turns left into the forest for a delightful hike through a variety of terrain.
As you can see on the map it is a a lollipop configuration where your walk half a mile up the stem and then a one-mile loop before returning to the trail-head along the stem. If you stay alert you may spot the owl nest box that was placed near the trail.
From the junction of Peavine Road and Stonehenge Drive head east along Peavine Road for 0.5 miles. Turn right on to Westchester. Head south for 0.7 miles and pull into the first parking lot of the Methodist Church where trail parking is permitted. Cross the road to the trail head.
3. Fairfield Glade Green Hike
This hike takes you on three trails: the McGinnis Trail, the Good Samaritan Trail and the Canyon Trail.Most of the hike is on dirt trails in the woods but there is a short section on a paved sidewalk. The trail can be hiked in either the clockwise or counter-clockwise direction.
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
4. Fairfield Glade Stonehenge Trail
This is a 1.5-mile linear trail so the round-trip distance is 3.0 miles. The half-way point is the Heatherhurst golf club. The highest point of the trail is around the Lynhurst Drive area. Consequently it is a steady uphill climb from either end of the trail.
From the junction of Peavine Road and Stonehenge Drive, head north on Stonehenge Drive for 0.9 mile to the trail-head parking lot, on the left, at the corner of Kingsboro Drive.
5. Fairfield Glade Thornhill Trail
The trail-head is in the parking lot of the Dorchester Golf Club. The trail starts by carefully crossing Westchester Drive onto Thornhill Lane. Most of the trail is on gravel/grassy roads that are unsigned so follow the trail posts and signs. It is worth taking a short detour on the dam of Lake Malvern to admire the view. The trail consists of flat roads. The biggest hazard is some deep ruts that fill with mud and water after heavy rains.
From the junction of Peavine Road and Stonehenge Drive, take Peavine Road east towards Hebbertsburg. After 0.5 miles turn right on to Westchester Drive. After 2.0 miles turn right into the Dorchester Golf Club parking lot. Park away from the clubhouse, near Westchester Drive at the trail-head.
6. Fairfield Glade Paved Trail
DescriptionPark at the lower far lot of the Fairfield Glade Wellness Complex.
- Walk through the parking lot towards the Community Center (CCC)
- Turn left and take the path between the CCC and the Wellness Center into the woods.
- At the intersection turn right and follow the path to behind the Village Green Mall.
- At the Village Green Mall turn right and continue to the sidewalk along Stonehenge Drive.
- Turn left towards Peavine Rd.
- Just past the Wyndham welcome center, turn left and travel through the parking lot towards Mirrow Lake Pond.
- At the pond, look left and see the new amphitheater that will soon be done.
- Turn right, go around Mirror Lake Pond, through the old parking lot and turn right toward Fairfield Blvd.
- Turn left on Fairfield Blvd. and follow the paved sidewalk to Village Dr., turn left.
- Notice the bluebird houses along your route. These nest boxes produced many new bluebirds this summer.
- Follow Village Drive to the paved path leading into the woods on your left. Turn left onto the path.
- At the path intersection turn right towards the Community Club and return to your vehicle.
From the junction of Peavine Road and Stonehenge Drive, take Stonehenge Drive north for 0.4 miles and turn right into the second entrance to the Wellness Center parking lot.
Cumberland County Trails
7. 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. Although it does not mention Soldier’s Beach you can learn more about the POW camp in this magazine article.
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.
8. Maryetta Trail
This is a brand new trail that has just opened in time for this year’s marathon. It 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.
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.
9. Woodlawn Loop 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.
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.
10. Lake Alice Trail
Note: The trail-head is on Yonside Drive but there is only parking for a couple of vehicles. We recommend parking on the gravel lot on West Lake Road.
From the parking lot walk up Yon Side Drive (a one-way street) a short way and turn right on to the Lake Alice Trail. Follow the trail around the lake. The trail ends at West Lake Road. Turn right onto the road for the short walk back to the trailhead parking.
The Lake Alice Trail is in Uplands Village, Pleasant Hill. Take the Sparta highway from Crossville for 10 miles then, shortly after passing a gas station on the left, take the right turn on East Main Street into the village. Pass the Elementary School and a short distance later turn right on to West Lake Road. After about half a mile pull over to the right onto the gravel trailhead parking.
11. Cumberland Mountain State Park:
Pioneer Long Trail
Cross the road and walk back to the bridge. You can start the hike on either bank of the creek, The trail follows the creek for about 1.5 miles to a swinging bridge. Cross the bridge and return on the other bank of the creek to the trail-head.
This trail has many exposed roots on the trail so take extra care to avoid turning an ankle. The trails in the park pass close to water and there are steep drop-offs in many places so children should be supervised.
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. However do NOT enter the park in the usual entrance.Keep going on Route 127 South. Go Past the entrance to Bear Trace Golf Course. About 0.25 miles past Bear Trace turn right on to South Old Mail Road and follow the road for 1.8 miles to the stone bridge across Byrd Creek. Immediately after the bridge look for parking space on the left.(There is room for half-a-dozen vehicles along the road.)
12. Cumberland Trail: Windlass Cave
Cross the road and start up the Black Mountain Trail. (Take care not to head south on the Brady Mountain Trail!) Hike trail steadily uphill for about one and a half miles to Windlass Cave. The cave iteself is closed to the public to protect the bats in the cave itself from the white-nose disease. Take a well-earned rest before turning around and heading back downhill to the trailhead to complete this 3.0-mile hike.
Driving from Crossville: Take route 127 south. At the Homestead Tower leave route 127 and follow route 68 towards Grassy Cove and Spring City. After four miles pass Cox Valley Road on the left. Shortly afterwards identify the Brady Mountain trailhead parking on the right, just a shoulder along Route 68.