Distance - 5.3 mi.
Parallel Trail is the longest trail on the Island at 5.3 miles, which makes it an exhilarating trail for hikers who want the iconic Cumberland experience. Heading north, Parallel Trail achieves its name by running parallel to the Main Road and the beach. Parallel connects Sea Camp directly to Hickory Hill Campsite, as well as intersecting with Pratts Trail which takes backpackers directly to Stafford Campground. Numerous roads, trails, and beach access points intersect with Parallel giving hikers a variety of options to bounce out to the beach and see some other sights. The north end of Parallel Trail dead ends at Hickory Hill Campsite. The closest water source from here is approximately 1 mile north, travelling up Yankee Paradise Trail.
A common misconception among hikers is that the Main Road is a short cut and trails are a longer distance to hike. For a hiker traveling to Hickory Hill via the Main Road, they would hike 5.6 miles, whereas Parallel Trail would be a 5.3 mile hike (and is way more scenic, zero percent chance of seeing vehicles, hiking through dust clouds, etc!). The same is true for backpackers travelling to Yankee Paradise Campsite as well. Make sure and incorporate Parallel Trail as part of your day hike or backpacking wilderness adventure!