CMC Hike to Recovery Series for Cancer Patients, Survivors

Exercise is vital in cancer recovery and prevention. According to the American Cancer Society, physical exercise during cancer treatment can help improve physical mobility and overall wellbeing.

In support of helping local cancer patients and survivors achieve the benefits of exercise, Cumberland Medical Center has partnered with Crossville Parks & Recreation Department, Cumberland Mountain State Park, Friends of the Trails, and St. Raphael’s Episcopal Church to help host nearly 50 guided hikes during the months of June, July, and August. There is no cost to participate.

“Research shows patients undergoing treatment for cancer benefit tremendously from physical activity,” says Tom Rally, CMC Cancer Center Manager. “Exercise helps patients in several ways such as improving their tolerance with treatments, reducing chances of reoccurrence, keeping muscles strong, and improving bone strength.”

When hiking, it’s important to be prepared. Look to the weather forecast and dress accordingly with comfortable clothing and shoes, take water and a light snack, and wear sunscreen. One may also want to wear insect repellent.

Hike to Recovery Opportunities

Centennial Park
About the trail: Paved routes ranging 0.3 – 1.1 miles.  
Located at 837 Industrial Boulevard in Crossville.
For more information, call (931) 456-6632.

Hike to Recovery every other Thursday at 10:00 a.m. as follows:  
June 7 and 21
July 5 and 19
August 2, 16, and 30


Cumberland Mountain State Park
About the trail:
Park at the Park Office located at 24 Office Drive in Crossville.
For more information, call (931) 484-6138.

Hike to Recovery on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. as follows: 
July 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31
August 7, 14, 21, and 28


Fairfield Glade – Friends of the Trails
About the trail: Hikes vary weekly from 1.5 to 3.5 miles.
Group meets at the four-way stop in Fairfield Glade.
For more information, call (931) 456-4282.

Hike to Recovery is welcome to join them every Tuesday at 9 a.m. as follows:
June 5, 12, 19, and 26
July 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31
August 7, 14, 21, and 28


Woodlawn Loop
About the trail: A wooded trail 1.2 miles.
Located at Wyatt Court off Woodlawn Road in Crossville, TN
For more information, call (931)456-6632

Hike to Recovery every Thursday evening at 6:00 p.m. as follows:  
June 7, 14, 21, and 28
July 5, 12, 19, and 26.
August 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30


St. Raphael’s Episcopal Church – Meditation Trail
About the trail: 1 mile
Located at 1038 Sparta Highway in Crossville, TN
For more information, call (931) 484-2407.

Hike to Recovery every other Thursday at 10:00 a.m. as follows:
June 14 and 28
July 12 and 26
August 9 and 23


Crossville is one of 22 communities to be designated as a Healthier Tennessee Community by the Governor’s Foundation for Health and Wellness.  The Healthier Tennessee Communities initiative takes a grassroots approach to improving Tennesseans’ health by engaging citizens and local leaders in cities, towns, counties, neighborhoods and college campuses across the state. For more information about Healthier Tennessee’s efforts in Crossville, visit

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