Caney Fork

601 Carl Cude Ln, Sparta, TN 38583         GPS Coordinates: 3552'27.3"N 8516'37.5"W






We have moved the Race date to March 23, 2024!

The late August race date we have used in years past was determined by TWRA so as not to interfere with hunting schedules. Our new March date allows us to race in cooler weather without interferring with scheduled hunts. Win/Win!


The Caney Fork Ultra has been shortened to a 50k from its previous 40 mile distance since we no longer cross the Caney Fork River. The 50k is ran on a mix of single track and some gravel across Bridgestone Firestone Centennial Wilderness WMA, The Nature Conservancy's Bridgestone Nature Reserve, as well as one of Tennessee's newest State Parks, Scotts Gulf Wilderness State Park. Runners will pass beautiful overlooks along the Scotts Gulf Rim and pass no fewer than six waterfalls as well as crossing Copper Cascades along the course, so even though we dont cross the Caney Fork River any longer, you will still get your feet wet!

The new Caney Fork 20k course will be ran along trails in Bridgestone Firestone Centennial Wilderness WMA and Scotts Gulf Wilderness State park. The new course passes Yellow Bluff overlook, giving a beautiful view of Scotts Gulf and the Caney Fork River below, as well as passing Gunstock Falls, Lower Polly Branch Falls, and Copper Cascades. 20k runners will get their feet wet as well!



Runners will be able to pickup packets on Friday night at the White County Rescue Squad building at 320 Bockman Way Sparta, Tn 38583, where we will also be hosting a pre-Race dinner and speaker as in years past at Latimer Reservation.

Race Packets can also be picked up on Race morning at our new start/finish area "The Big Red Barn" on Centennial Wilderness Chestnut Mountain Ranch.

We encourage everyone to attend and join in the festivities and meet some of the Rescue Squad members that will be helping to man our Aid Stations as well as rope our water crossings! White County Rescue Squad has been a part of this event since the beginning and we couldn’t do it without them!




The Caney Fork Ultra 50k will start at 6:30 a.m. CST.   The 20k will start at 7:30 a.m. CST.

Both Races start and finish at "The Big Red Barn" on Bridgestone Firestone Centennial Wilderness Chestnut Mountain Ranch.

Coordinates for "The Big Red Barn" start/finish area are:  35.872243,-85.273146

Address: 601 Carl Cude Ln, Sparta, TN 38583


50K: Race cutoff will be 11 hours (5:30 p.m. CST). This means an average pace of 20 minute miles must be kept. You will not be able to hike the entire course and finish under cutoff.

20K: Race cutoff will be 5 hours (12:30 p.m. CST) This means an average pace of 24 minute miles must be kept. THIS WILL BE A HIKER FRIENDLY COURSE.

Aid Station Volunteers will have final say on allowing runners to continue on





The Caney Fork Ultra is a CUPLESS EVENT. Runners will need to carry a pack or a handheld with them.



Littering of any kind will absolutely not be tolerated. Anyone found to be guilty of littering will not be allowed to participate in future Caney Fork Ultra events.


Pacers will not be allowed. Once you leave an Aid Station you are expected to carry everything you leave with to the next Aid Station yourself under your own power.



We love dogs, unfortunately, no dogs will be allowed on the course by participants for their safety and the safety of other participants.