Are the hiking trails in fairfield glade tn dog friendly

There are over 20 miles of natural surface trails plus 8 miles of paved sidewalks in Fairfield Glade and you can explore on your own using maps and description downloaded here. If you prefer you can hike in a group with an experienced guide where you are welcome regardless of your experience or fitness level.

Joining a Guided Tuesday Hike

Every Tuesday morning you are welcome to join about 12 to 25 other friendly hikers on a hike on one or more of the well maintained trails in Fairfield Glade. We usually hike about 2 to 3.5 miles, but occasionally we may hike a little bit longer.

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Joining a Guided Thursday Paved Walk

Every Thursday morning you are welcome to join about 6 to12 other friendly hikers on a walk on one or more of the network of paved trails in central Fairfield Glade. We usually hike about 1 to 3 miles, but occasionally we may hike a little bit longer.

We walk through golf courses on paved golf cart paths when the courses are closed in the winter and we walk paved central trails the rest of the year.

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Guiding Yourselves Around the Trails

Most hikes are on wooded trails, not paved walking paths, so hiking boots are strongly recommended. Sneakers are OK too, but no flip flops! Always carry plenty of water; especially if it is a hot day. Spray yourself with insect repellent to keep away bugs, ticks, etc. Don’t forget your favorite hiking stick.

All our trails are well maintained by Fairfield Glade’s voluntary Trail Crew.

Joining a Guided Friday Hike

Every Friday morning you are welcome to join about 12 to 25 other friendly hikers on a hike on one or more of the trails outside of Fairfield Glade in the surrounding area. We usually hike about 3 to 9 miles, but occasionally we may hike a little bit longer.

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hiking trails

The Central Trails are the 4.6 miles of easy paved sidewalks in the Central region of Fairfield Glade with a 1.0 mile section that meanders through the woods from Druid Hills to Village Drive.

north trails

The North Trails Map includes a number of interconnected hiking trails in the northern region of Fairfield Glade. There are significant changes in elevation.

The Rotherham Trail is a 1.1 mile moderate trail. The lower section of this trail is an easy half-mile hiking trail along a creek. The upper section is more strenuous so hiking in the downhill direction is recommended!

The Hemlock Trail is 1.3-mile trail with a slow steady climb.

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The Good Samaritan is a 1.0 easy trail.

The McGinnis Trail is a 1.8 mile moderate trail with significant elevation changes.

overlook trail

The Overlook Trail is a 1.9 mile moderate loop trail in the southern region of Fairfield Glade. The trail borders Daddy’s Creek for about a mile and ends in a rather strenuous climb out of the creek valley.

stonehenge trail

The Stonehenge Trail is a 1.5 mile linear trail that goes alonside Stonehenge Drive from Kingsboro Drive to Heatherhurst Golf Club.

seven bridges trail

The Seven Bridges Trail is a 2.0 mile easy “lollipop” woodland trail that starts and ends at the Methodist Church on Westchester Drive.

amherst trail

The Amherst Trail is an easy 2 mile hiking trail mainly on “grassy roads.” There is very little change in elevation but there may be ticks and chiggers in the grass except in Winter.

thornhill trail

The Thornhill Trail is a 1.8-mile easy hiking trail mainly on “grassy roads.” There is very little change in elevation but there may be ticks and chiggers in the grass except in Winter.

kirkstone trail

The Kirkstone Trail is a 2-mile moderate hiking trail mainly on “gravel roads.” There is some change in elevation.

glastowbury trail

The Glastowbury Trail is a 1-mile easy hiking trail. There is some change in elevation.

Our Trails

Fairfield-Glade Trails 2021 Map Overview

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Fairfield Glade Amherst Trail

  • Distance: 1.9
  • Rating: Easy
  • Trailhead GPS Coordinates: 35.984164, -84.891675
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Description
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 along paved roads. There is limited parking just off St. George Drive on Castlebar Lane.

Driving Directions

From the Peavine Road/Stonehenge Drive stoplight, take Peavine Road towards Crossville. Shortly after passing Food City turn left on to St. George Drive. After 2.25 miles (about one mile after passing Lake St. George) look for the trail sign on the left at the grassy road Castlebar Lane (first left past Amherst Drive). Park on the grassy road.

Most roads are unsigned so follow the trail posts and signs.

Fairfield Glade Blue Loop

  • Distance: 6.1 miles
  • Rating: Moderate
  • Trailhead GPS Coordinates: 36.017500, -84.863055
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Description
The trail-head is the Catoosa/Kingsbridge Parking lot on Catoosa Boulevard.

At 6.1 miles the Blue Loop is the longest hike in Fairfield Glade. It is comprised of four interconnected trails: the Hemlock Trail, the Rotherham Trail, the Canyon Trail and the McGinnis Trail, along with a short segment of the Good Samaritan Trail.

This is a strenuous hike due to it length and due to the significant elevation changes along the way.The lowest point is at the end of Lake Dartmoor on Rotherham Drive. The highest point is at the top of the Rotherham Trail near the water tower. In addition there are two significant climbs on the McGinnis Trail.

Driving Directions

Take Peavine Road east and then turn north on to Catoosa Boulevard. After 1.0 mile turn left into the Catoosa/Kingsbridge parking lot marked with Nature Trail sign.

Fairfield Glade Glastowbury Trail

  • Distance: 1.0 miles
  • Rating: Moderate
  • Trailhead GPS Coordinates: 35.982439, -84.878720
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Description
This trail begins at the boat ramp at Lake Glastowbury. It is not the easiest trailhead to find but worth the effort! This 1.0 mile trail offers some nice views across the lake but most of the trail is a woodland walk.

Driving Directions
From St George Drive take Manchester Road then turn left onto Lafayette Lane. Just before entering the condo complex, turn right onto Hunterwood Lane (Signed to the boat-launch). Turn left to the boatlaunch and park at the trailhead.

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Fairfield Glade Good Samaritan Trail

Description
The Good Samaritan Trail is named for the nearby Good Samaritan facility. The trail forms part of the Red Loop and Green Loop and Blue Loop and Yellow Loop. More information is provided in those trail descriptions.

Fairfield Glade Green Loop

  • Distance: 4.2 miles
  • Rating: Strenuous
  • Trailhead GPS Coordinates: 36.031447, -84.850316
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Description
This loop 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.

Driving Directions
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.

Fairfield Glade Hemlock Trail

Description
The Hemlock Trail is named for a majestic specimen Hemlock Tree that the hiker will pass along the way. The trail forms part of the Red Loop and Blue Loop and more information is provided in those trail descriptions.

Fairfield Glade Kirkstone Trail

  • Distance: 2.0 miles
  • Rating: Moderate
  • Trailhead GPS Coordinates: 35.967267, -84.887149
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Description
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 way up the hill from the spillway on Lake Kirkstone. The route is marked with yellow stakes and arrows at road junctions.
Starting at the trailhead, turn right on to Christopher Lane. At the end of Christopher Lane turn left onto Marmaduke Drive. Follow Marmaduke Drive for about 1.5 miles back the trailhead.

Driving Directions
From the junction of Peavine Road and Stonehenge Drive, take Peavine Road east for half a mile and turn right on to Westchester Drive. Follow Westchester Drive for 2.4 miles and turn right onto Malvern Rd. Follow Malvern Rd. for 0.9 miles and turn right on to Marmaduke Drive. Park at the corner of Marmaduke Drive and Oakburn Court.

Fairfield Glade Library Trail

  • Distance: 1.0 miles
  • Rating: Moderate
  • Trailhead GPS Coordinates: 36.000000, -84.883333
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Description
This is a “lollipop” trail. Start out behind the library, going either direction along the loop. Travel down the “stick” to Lakeview Drive, then retrace your steps until you reach the loop once more. Complete the loop to return to your car. Extend your hike by either following the signs at Lakeview Drive to reach the Seven Bridges Trail, or by exiting the trail along the blue-blazed path to reach Cromwell Lane.

Driving Directions
From the junction of Peavine Road and Stonehenge Drive, take Peavine Road east for 0.5 miles (away from I-40) then turn right on Snead Drive. Travel about 0.5 miles then turn right on Lakeview Drive. Travel about 0.5 miles to the FG Library parking lot on the right.

Trailhead is behind and to the left of the Library building, near the restrooms.

Fairfield Glade McGinnisTrail

  • Distance: 4.2 miles
  • Rating: Strenuous
  • Trailhead GPS Coordinates: 36.031447, -84.850316
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Description
The McGinnis Trail is now part of the Green loop which takes you on three trails: the McGinnis Trail, the Good Samaritan Trail and the Canyon Trail. These trails take you on a loop that returns to your car. 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.

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Driving Directions
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.

Fairfield Glade Overlook Trail

  • Distance: 1.9
  • Rating: Moderate
  • Trailhead GPS Coordinates: 35.967933, -84.850431
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Description
This is a hiker favorite and annual standard for the Hiking Marathon. The trail was extensively rerouted in 2017 to eliminate grassy roads and a logging road from the route. Allow 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 0.1 mile stem, then at the junction turn left or right to go around the 1.7 mile loop. Particularly enjoy the section along Daddy’s Creek. Walking alongside water is always interesting.

Driving Directions
From the Peavine Road/Stonehenge Drive stoplight, 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.

Fairfield Glade Red Loop

  • Distance: 3.0 miles
  • Rating: Strenuous
  • Trailhead GPS Coordinates: 36.024444, -84.868611
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Description
This is the trailhead for both the Hemlock Trail and the Rotherham Trail. We strongly recommend that you hike this loop in the counter-clockwise direction as marked on this map as this avoids climbing up the very steep Rotherham Trail. Follow the red hike markers.

Proceed along the end of the lake to the trailhead sign for the Hemlock Trail. Follow the trail, past the majestic hemlock tree for which the trail was named, and after half a mile cross Rotherham Drive. After another third of a mile it comes to Catoosa Boulevard and parallels the road for a quarter of a mile before turning back into the woods where it goes behind Bluff View Terrace and climbs upwards for nearly half a mile to the Good Samaritan Trail. Turn left and follow the trail behind the Good Samaritan assisted living facility for a half a mile until you reach the intersection with the Rotherham Trail.

Turn left onto the Rotherham Trail and follow the trail as it descends steeply into the valley. After half a mile the trail turns left along the creek and levels out for an easy walk for the last half-mile to the Rotherham Drive parking lot where the hike started.

Driving Directions
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 about 1.2 miles turn left on to Rotherham Drive. Drive down the steep hill and after 0.6 miles you will come to the parking lot on the left at the end of Lake Dartmoor.

Note: There is alternative parking available on Catoosa Boulevard at the junction with Kingsbridge Lane (Blue Hike Parking).

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