Relax on the miles of white sandy beaches, shop and dine in unique areas, and tap into the bustling culture that is Downtown Jacksonville. It’s a mix of Old South atmosphere and Mediterranean architecture, with gleaming high-rises and stately residential neighborhoods. This is a guide to the best places to run in Jacksonville.
Jacksonville is geographically very large. The beaches are 17 miles east of downtown. The twisting St. John’s River is the geographic highlight. Downtown is divided into northwest and southeast sections by the river. The bulk of downtown lies in a broad crescent on the north bank, while the city’s smaller, thumb-shaped south bank sector consists mainly of the historic community of San Marco.
Jacksonville is a great city for running. From beautiful beaches to scenic trails, the city was picked as one of the “10 best places to run while you’re away from home” by USA Today! The two sections of downtown are connected by a half-dozen bridges, several of which you can (and should) run across. Then there are the beaches! A string of resort communities collectively offer 20 miles of hard-packed white sand beaches, wide boulevards and off-road park trails on which to run.