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Parks and Recreation

Registration NOW OPEN for 2023 Hiking Marathon

Click HERE to learn more about and register for the 2023 hiking marathon!

The marathon runs the entire month of September, in which you have 30 days to complete this year’s trails.

Hike 26.2 miles individually, or in small groups over one month at your own pace!

Each year, the Friends of the Trails specially select a set of trails on the Cumberland Plateau. 

If you participate in at least one trail, you can get a free t-shirt at the Hit the Trails Festival in October.

If you finish the marathon, you get a shirt and a patch.

Register 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 marathon is completed on the honor system.


Obed River Park Receives AARP Grant

The Cumberland County Obed River Park is one of 260 grantees, nationwide, out of more than 3,200 applicants, to be chosen for a 2022 Community Challenge Grant from AARP.
This generous grant from AARP was for $9,850 and will be used to transform one of the Obed River Park’s picnic shelters into an outdoor classroom. The classroom will include seating, whiteboards, flooring, and planter boxes.
Beth Wyatt-Davis with the Cumberland County Mayor’s Office stated, “we are honored to be chosen as one of AARP’s grantees this year. Our hope is that this outdoor classroom will be used by residents, groups, and non-profits to encourage engagement, educational opportunities, and social interaction in our community.”
*Pictured are Dr. Mitchell Olszewski, AARP Volunteer Leader, Stacy Pennington, AARP Community Outreach Director, and Beth Wyatt-Davis, Office Manager for Cumberland County Mayor, Allen Foster