Marathon Hike Update #3

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Greetings!  Darrin and I finished up the hiking marathon this week on Monday.  Knocking out the Hemlock Trail, Good Samaritan Trail and the Rotherham Trail.  I’m really liking this lower loop trail sections.   It’s got a lot of up’s and downs making this a good trail for some great exercise.  The “Hit the Trails” Festival is next weekend were we can pick up our t-shirt, patch and other goodies for completing the marathon.

Here is some info if you’re interested:

“Come and learn all about the outdoors in Fairfield Glade. We are looking forward to an exciting event again this year. We have expanded from being just about trails to include all outdoor activities available to Fairfield Glade and Cumberland County residents and visitors. Last year we had over 1,000 attendees so we are hoping for even more this year if the weather cooperates.

There will be live music and concessions stands selling burgers, hotdogs, etc. With over thirty information booths there will be plenty to interest everyone.

The Friends of Glade Trails will have trail maps for the old and new trails and volunteers available to answer all your questions. They will also provide guided walks on some of the trails.

Volunteers at all the other booths will be handing out information about their organization or activity.

If you have any questions please contact: John Conrad at

or (931) 287-2432”


Marathon Hike Update #2

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Hello all!  Darrin and I made some more headway this week on the September Hiking Marathon.  We completed the following trails:


Cumberland Mountain State Park Pioneer Short and Long trails.

Overlook Trail

Thornhill Trail

Rotherham Lane to Druid Hills Trail

McGinnis Creek Trail

Good Samaritan Trail

Canyon Trail


In order to complete the Marathon Hike we’ll need to finish up with Hemlock Trail, Good Samaritan trail (2nd time) and the Rotherham Trail.  Next week it won’t be possible for us to hike, but the week after we should be able to finish up.

Thanks for reading!

Marathon Hike

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Ok all, I needed something to kick-start myself so this is it! Darrin and I are signed up for a local event that challenges us to do a marathon of trails all in the month of September. There are two sets of trails:

1) Fairfield Glade Trails and 2) Cumberland County Trails. The event is free and if you complete half of the trails you get a t-shirt and if you complete the whole marathon you get the shirt and a patch along with entry in a raffle for many prizes. I meant to post earlier on here about the event but real life got in the way.

We started earlier this week and have completed 3 trails so far out of 6 in the “Cumberland County Trails” section.

On Tuesday the opening day, we did the Centennial Park trail:
“I’ve hiked this trail before but it’s been a while. New to me was the Dog park and the trail leading up to Genesis Road. It was nice to explore some in a park that’s become familiar.” Runkeeper link here.

Wednesday, we did the 1.9 mile trail on top of Renegade Mountain:
“This was a nice trail in an area that hadn’t been developed yet for housing. Trail was well maintained and after missing a turn off, we backtracked and finished the trail with no issues.” In regards of why we missed the turn off (because signage is awesome), I was breathing too hard and I think Darrin was worried I might have a heart attack! :).  Runkeeper link here.

Thursday we did the Soldier’s Beach Trail at Meadow Park:
“This is one that I found a few months ago but haven’t had a chance to hike. It was a fairly level trail and it was a nice hike. We found that this area used to be a local swimming hole back in the day. Good place to take the family on a nice and easy hike.”  Runkeeper link here.


Next week we hope to finish up with the Pioneer Short and Pioneer Long trails along with the Black Mountain Loop trail.

Just a note on past experience:
“I’ve done both the short and long Pioneer trail and it’s just a great trail. I call it my “training” trail for longer hikes. I’ve done the Black Mountain Loop trail to the “steps” and have branched off to the trail that leads off to hwy. 68 to continue on to the Brady Mountain area to Jewett Rd.” It’ll be nice to finally do the whole loop there and checkout the Northern Overlook!

I’ll post more as we progress! Thank you all for reading!