Twenty Week Hiking Challenge

The Independent Herald's Twenty Week Hiking Challenge returns in 2017, with a number of new trails and a brand-new itinerary. Over the next 20 weeks, participants will hike nearly 90 miles across the northern Cumberland Plateau -- mostly in the Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area, but also in each of the other state and national natural areas in the region.

If you're participating and you wish to be eligible for prizes, please post photos of yourself at a point of interest along each of the hikes and post them to social media (Facebook, Twitter or Instagram) with the hashtag #20WeekHikingChallenge. On Facebook, be sure to set the post to "public" so that we can find and record the participation of you and each of your fellow hikers.

Each of the hikes is detailed below:

Week 20: Twin Arches (6.0 miles)
Week 19: Hazard Cave (2.4 miles)
Week 18: Old Mac Trail (Frozen Head, 7.9 miles)
Week 17: Parch Corn Creek (7.1 miles)
Week 16: Blue Heron Loop (6.4 miles)
Week 15: Gentlemen's Swimming Hole (2.6 miles)
Week 14: Hurricane Ridge (5.6 miles)
Week 13: Angel Falls Overlook (5.8 miles)
Week 12: Leatherwood Loop (3.5 miles)
Week 11: Honey Creek Loop (5.5 miles)
Week 10: Slave Falls (3.6 miles)
Week 9: John Muir Trail to O&W (4.8 miles)
Week 8: Burnt Mill Loop (4.3 miles)
Week 7: Middle Creek Loop (3.5 miles)
Week 6: Maude's Crack (2.4 miles)
Week 5: Oscar Blevins Farm (3.5 miles)
Week 4: Pogue Creek Canyon (1.7 miles)
Week 3: Fall Branch Falls (4.4 miles)
Week 2: Colditz Cove (2.0 miles)
Week 1: Angel Falls (3.78 miles)