Start and finish at the ballpark
pavilion in Four Mile Creek Campground. At the end of campground take the Blue trail, turning right up slope then
down towards the Visitors Center. Cross Jackson Hill Road to pick up the White
trail with a sharp right turn going uphill into a stand of pines followed by 33
stairs up a steep hill. At 1.2 Mi turn left downhill to the valley of Creech
Hollow Lake dam. Orange and White now mark the trail. Follow a steep downhill
with a babbling brook to your left. At 1.3 Mi make a sharp left hairpin turn.
At mile 2.5 another split. Turn right and continue to the second Jackson Hill
Road crossing at 2.7 Mi to reach the highest point. At the trail split to the
Woodland shelter bear right down the hill. At 3.2 Mi, cross the bridge and
follow the stream. Another bridge and the trail drops down to Lake Woodhaven.
Mile 4 is a point looking north across Lake Woodhaven. At 4.2 Mi go uphill,
then down and up to Hall Springs Shelter. Run in front the shelter, where you enter
the wide fire road. At 4.5 Mi another stream crossing. Continue uphill on fire
road to Hall Cemetery. After crossing Hall Cemetery Road and aid station, the
trail is eroded and becomes narrow. At the top of the rise (5 Mi) dogwoods and
cedars line the trail. Continue downhill on a poor trail. Cross the stream
bridge, then up to a rise past covered bench with a gazebo effect. Follow a
long gentle downhill with shiny black slag rocks used in the road construction.
At 5.8 Mi the trail briefly hits the stream then back up the hill. It is now
single track next to trees. At 6 Mi the trail is a rocky old road/stream bed
area with an elevated forest floor ribbon of trail. Creek on the left, then the
trail slopes down. Turn left downhill to bridge. Red and White mark the trail.
At 6.2 Mi go left on field with log cabin to your right toward sign, then
uphill. This starts the Ore Pit trail with the toughest hill of the course. At
6.3 Mi another split go right and at the top of the hill another split, turn
hard right at the edge of a deep ore pit. Another covered rest area with a
trail split at 6.9 Mi. The trail goes left and downhill following Blue and
White marks. Cross the bridge and veer right through the trees and back on
campground roads half a mile to the finish line.
race was October 13, 2007. The course was designed by Billy Bilbrey and John
Spencer, the latter serving as race director. It is the only true trail run on
the Running Tour.
Pre-registration fee for each race is $20.00, which includes a long sleeve shirt with Tour Logo. Walkers are welcome to participate. The total number of participants in the last season was 4,167.
We have a Grand Prix points system, where accumulated points determine the new male and female Running Tour Champion in each of six age categories: youth, open, masters, grandmasters, senior grandmasters, and seventy plus. Everyone who participates in 5 races or more will receive a special award at the Grand Prix Awards Banquet on March 1, 2014. In addition, those who run 10 or more races will receive an extra award.