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Connecticut: Highlights

Our favorite runs across Connecticut

This is a compendium of the best places to run in Connecticut, focused on the major population centers and scenic visitor spots. Here’s how we put it together:

Hartford: 10 great routes including the river, downtown, and some cool neighborhoods.

Coastal Connecticut. The best places to run in the string of lovely spots along Long Island Sound, from Stonington to Greenwich.

Mystic, Stonington, Groton. Pleasant waterside running in these visitor hotspots, plus some parks with great trails and views.

Rhode Island Coastal. See our coastal routes in neighboring Westerly & Watch Hill, plus all of our Rhode Island running recommendations.

Weston/Wilton/Ridgefield Area. Two great spots are Devil’s Den and Weir Farm.

New Haven Area. Home to Yale, East Rock, and some lovely coastal running.

Stamford and Greenwich. Peaceful pastoral roads by high-end homes, and some great parks and coastal points for running.

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Some of our favorite runs in Connecticut: Highlights

Hartford

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Connecticut Shoreline

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Hartford

Connecticut: Highlights

We've mapped 10+ great places to run in Hartford, including the Riverwalk, a downtown 'runseeing' tour, Bushnell & Elizabeth Parks, the Reservoirs of West Hartford, and some great trail running, including the 60+ mile Metacomet Trail.
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Connecticut Shoreline

Connecticut: Highlights

There are lovely places to run on the Connecticut coastline along Long Island Sound. We've got recommended routes for Stonington, Mystic, East Lyme, Madison, Milford, New London, and Westport. Coastal spots, state parks, bike paths!
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New Haven

Connecticut: Highlights

This coastal city on the northern edge of Long Island Sound is also home to famed Yale University. Running highlights include East Rock, the Yale Campus, some great waterfront options, and historic neighborhoods.
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Stamford & Greenwich

Connecticut: Highlights

Gateways to NYC and also home to many financial firm offices and commuters. Best running in the area is Greenwich Point, Norwalk waterfront, Waveny Park, and Mianus River Park. Also some pleasant & pastoral rural roads.
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Hartford

Connecticut: Highlights

We've mapped 10+ great places to run in Hartford, including the Riverwalk, a downtown 'runseeing' tour, Bushnell & Elizabeth Parks, the Reservoirs of West Hartford, and some great trail running, including the 60+ mile Metacomet Trail.
Explore

Connecticut Shoreline

Connecticut: Highlights

There are lovely places to run on the Connecticut coastline along Long Island Sound. We've got recommended routes for Stonington, Mystic, East Lyme, Madison, Milford, New London, and Westport. Coastal spots, state parks, bike paths!
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Please see the overview map on the Connecticut Highlight home page for locations of running stores around the state.

Club CT has a great list of road races in Fairfield County.