Palm Beach/Boca Raton, FL

Lake Trail, Palm Beach

This is one of the loveliest spots for running in South Florida. Right here in tony Palm Beach, a 4.3 mile paved trail runs along the intercoastal waterway/Lake Worth on one side, and gorgeous, landscaped homes on the other. The trail is pleasantly shaded by palm trees and coconut trees along the way.

The trail is briefly interrupted in a couple of sections, but there are signs with helpful guidance. One can start at any point, but the southern terminus, and parking, is at the Society of Four Arts, a vibrant center for arts and culture in Palm Beach. There are nice gardens here and benches for sitting. Heading north, at the 0.4 mile mark is a spectacular kapok tree. Just after that, the trail breaks for 0.5 miles, and you will run around the Henry Flagler Museum/mansion, home of the real estate and steel magnate. The trail then continues seamlessly for about 3 miles. Pass by the Old Bethesda Church (2.1m) and the Palm Beach Country Club (2.6m). At the 4-mile mark, the trail is briefly interrupted at the Sail Fish Club, and then is rejoined briefly to the end at 4.3 miles.

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Essentials
  • 4.3 miles one-way
  • Flat
  • Society of the Four Arts, at Royal Palm Way, or any other point
  • Parking at the Society of the Four Arts or near the Flagler Museum