The vision of the National Park System is to set aside lands “for the benefit and enjoyment of the people”. For us, this means exploring these majestic places through running! In honor of The National Park Service’s 100 year Anniversary, we’ve put together this guide of the best runs in the National Parks, with an emphasis on those that are most visited, popular, and good for running. To find the best and most appropriate running spots, we have talked to park rangers and scouted out routes! The focus is on accessibility and safety, while exploring the beauty within the parks. These are not serious trail runs or duplicative of suggested hikes. Rather, the approach is, if you are visiting a National Park, where are the most enjoyable, interesting, scenic, and appropriate places to go running?
When visiting parks, it is important that you practice “Leave No Trace” principles as well as respect the other visitors and wildlife.
Below is the list of National Parks we have covered. Also, please search “National Parks” for routes that might be in areas administered by the National Park Service (i.e. Boston Freedom Trail, Presidio of San Francisco).All Great Runs Routes with a National Park Component