Local trails have been busy with hikers since the 2020 Hiking Marathon began Sept. 1.
More than 2,000 hikers from across the Upper Cumberland signed up for the sixth hiking marathon, which encourages everyone to explore the scenic beauty of Cumberland County and be more active.
The Hiking Marathon committee designates trails within Cumberland County of varying distances. This year, there are 12 trails. The combined mileage comes to 26.2 miles.
Hikers log their hikes. Everyone completing one hike can get a T-shirt during the annual Hit the Trails festival in Fairfield Glade, set for Oct. 3 this year. Hikers who complete all 26.2 miles get a special patch denoting their accomplishment.
While registration has closed for this year, there are still plenty of trails to explore, from the trail system in Fairfield Glade to the Cumberland Trail and Cumberland Mountain State Park, out to Pleasant Hill and the Lake Alice Trail. Three trails are in Crossville, at Meadow Park Lake, the Maryetta Trail and the Woodlawn Loop Trail.
Many of the trails were build by local volunteers with the Friends of the Trails, who were busy in August getting trails in tip-top shape for the increased foot traffic.
Dogs on leashes are welcome on the trails.