Our Trails

Fairfield Glade Amherst Trail

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 a 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

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

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.

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

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

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.

Fairfield Glade Library Trail

Description
This is a “lollipop” trail. It goes from the Lutheran Church, through the woods and then circles around the mini-golf facility. We recommend starting the hike at the Fairfield Glade Library as there is plenty of parking available and it avoids having to cross the busy Lakeview Road.

Driving Directions
From the junction of Peavine Road and Stonehenge Drive, take Peavine Road east for half a mile (away from I-40) to Snead Drive. Turn right on Snead. Travel about .5 miles to Lakeview Drive. Turn right on Lakeview. Travel about .5 miles to the Library / Multipurpose building on the right.

Trailhead is behind and to left of building.

Fairfield Glade McGinnisTrail

Description
The McGinnis Trail is named for the seasonal creek that the hiker will cross along the way. The trail forms part of the Blue Loop and Green Loop and more information is provided in those trail descriptions.

Fairfield Glade Overlook Trail

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 an 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

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 it crosses 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).

Fairfield Glade Rotherham Trail

Description
TheRotherham Trail is named for the nearby Rotherham Drive The trail forms part of the Red Loop and Blue Loop and more information is provided in those trail descriptions.

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.

Fairfield Glade Seven Bridges Trail

Description
This trail begins at the Methodist Church on Westchester Drive. It is a pleasant walk through the woods by a number of streams with, you have guessed it, seven bridges. As you can see on the map it is a a lollipop configuration where your walk half a mile up the stem and then a one-mile loop before returning to the trail-head along the stem.

Driving Directions

From the junction of Peavine Road and Stonehenge Drive head east along Peavine Road for 0.5 miles. Turn right on to Westchester. Head south for 0.7 miles and pull into the first parking lot of the Methodist Church where trail parking is permitted. Cross the road to the trail head.

Fairfield Glade Stonehenge Trail

Description

This is a 1.5-mile linear trail so the round-trip distance is 3.0 miles. The half-way point is the Heatherhurst golf club. The highest point of the trail is around the Lynhurst Drive area. Consequently it is a steady uphill climb from either end of the trail.

Driving Directions
From the junction of Peavine Road and Stonehenge Drive, head north on Stonehenge Drive for 0.9 mile to the trail-head parking lot, on the left, at the corner of Kingsboro Drive.

Fairfield Glade Thornhill Trail

Description
The trail-head is in the parking lot of the Dorchester Golf Club. The trail starts by carefully crossing Westchester Drive onto Thornhill Lane. Most of the trail is on  gravel/grassy roads that are unsigned so follow the trail posts and signs. It is worth taking a short detour on the dam of Lake Malvern to admire the view. The trail consists of flat roads. The biggest hazard is some deep ruts that fill with mud and water after heavy rains.

Driving Directions
From the Peavine Road and Stonehenge Drive stoplight, take Peavine Road east. After 0.5 miles turn right on to Westchester Drive. After 2.0 miles turn right into the Dorchester Golf Club parking lot. Park away from the clubhouse, near Westchester Drive at the trail-head.

Fairfield Glade Yellow Loop

Description
This hike takes you through the Fairfield Glade canyon. The trail has been extensively rerouted in the last year due to the construction of new homes in the area. The new route is much more hiker-friendly than the old route and we are sure you will enjoy it.

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.