Destinations

National Parks

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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 some of the most popular US National Parks. To find the best places in these parks for runners, we have talked to park rangers and scouted out routes!. The routes focus 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 Routes & Locations With a National Park Component

    Acadia National Park

    National Parks

    The Park Loop Road is great for running, especially the 5 mile section between Seal Beach and Little Hunters Beach. The Carriage Roads are special for running, with many options. And for a true challenge, run up Cadillac Mountain!
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    Zion National Park

    National Parks

    The two best options for running are the Pa’rus Trail, which is a 1.7 mile, flat path skirting the Virgin River in the flat, lower section of Zion Canyon, and the 6.2 miles Scenic Drive from the Visitor Center to Temple of Sinawava.
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