John Spencer

Race Director Contact

Phone: 615-714-5374


The 2017 shirt

The Race Director (in disguise)

This is the easy part.

Course Description 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. At6.3 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. Course History Inaugural 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.

2015 had a record of 209 registered.
Course Records             Male                               Female 2009         David Hudson, White Bluff 51 56              Amy Warren, Nashville                   59 09 CR 2010         Alex Moore, Nashville         49 27 CR       Ashley Evans, Jackson                  1 01 37