Cumberland County Hiking Guide
If you are new to the area or just interested in exploring all of the wonderful hiking trails Cumberland County has to offer, please take one of these hiking guides to help get you started.
Get out and explore!
If you have been hiking a while then this information may be a repeat of what you already know. For those beginners out there it is important that you have a good idea of what you need to get started if you are going to be hiking trails. We have a hiking checklist of things that you should have in order to make sure you have a safe and enjoyable hiking experience.
There are over 60 miles of hiking trails in Cumberland County. Throughout this guide we will break down the location of the trails for your convenience.
Walking & Hiking Trails
23 Miles of Trails
Amherst Nature Trail
This is a 2.0 mile grassy road hiking trail located between St. George and Sherwood Lakes. This is an easy trail with very little change in elevation. Although most of the trail is on grassy roads there are some sections of paved road. There is limited parking just off St. George Drive on Castlebar Lane. Because the trees along the trail are so young it cannot be “blazed” in the conventional way of nailing small colored rectangles to tree trunks. Instead, small painted marker posts are used. Junctions and corners are marked with more substantial posts with directional arrow markers.
Canyon Nature Trail
The Canyon Trail is a 1.4 mile woodland hiking trail in Fairfield North. It is recommended to park in the water tower parking lot. The trail is generally downhill from the water tower to the North Catoosa parking lot. There is one steady uphill climb around the midpoint. The trail passes through the “Catoosa Canyon” which is a collection of large rock formations.
Central Nature Trails
The Central Trail is a network of paved walking trails. It is a mixture of delightful trails meandering through woods, alongside streams and more. There are multiple access points to this network, most of which have ample parking.
Glastowbury Nature Trail
This 1.0 mile trail offers some nice views across the lake but most of the trail offers some nice views across the lake but most of the trail is a woodland walk. We recommend hiking in a counter-clockwise direction.
From St. George Drive take Manchester Road then turn left onto Lafayette Lane. Just before entering the condo complex, turn right onto Hunterwood Lane. Turn left to the boat-launch and park at the trailhead.
Good Samaritan Nature Trail
This is quite an easy one-mile hiking trail located in Fairfield North, close to the Good Samaritan assisted living facility.
Hemlock Nature Trail
This 1.5 mile trail starts from the old boat launch on Lake Dartmoor at Rotherham Drive and travels along a lovely valley filled with Mountain Laurels. The route of this hiking trail follows the creek up the valley to a steep sided bowl at the head of the valley. The trail leaves the valley by following Rotherham Lane and completes the route on the other side of Rotherham Drive by traversing the hillside up to Catoosa Boulevard. The route passes a magnificent hemlock tree which gives the route its name.
Kirkstone Nature 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 ways up the hill from the spillway on Lake Kirkstone. The route is marked with yellow stakes and arrows at road junctions.
McGinnis Nature Trail
This nature trail is a 1.8 mile moderate trail with significant elevation changes.