Burgundy, France

Dijon: Lac Kir, River Paths, Parks

Donald Judge

Dijon is the capital city Burgundy and a popular stop for gourmands and wine lovers. The historical center is anchored by important churches and cathedrals, while the L’Ouche River and a canal runs through the western part of the city. Favorite running options in Dijon include:

Lac Kir. A gorgeous lake park just west of the city, where a well groomed dirt path circumnavigates the water. A full loop around the park, starting from the camping area, is about 5 km, but there are lots of side paths, nooks, and little beaches to explore. For a longer run, runners can hop on paths along the Quai des Carrières Blanches on the south side of the park. ROUTE MAP

River/Canal Paths. There are paths along the river and canals, running from the Place du 1er Mai in central Dijon all the way north to Lac Kir — follow Quai François Galliot and Quai des Carrières Blanches, for several km.

Colombière Park. Wimikedia Commons

Cours Général de Gaulle/Colombière Park. Cours Général de Gaulle is a wide, grand street running south for 1 km from Place du Président Wilson in Faubourg Sud. There are separate cycle and pedestrian paths. Then, join Cours du Parc, leading into the lovely Colombière Park, which has grand allée paths, a cycle track, and numerous other features. A loop around the park is 2-3 km, with options for more. The overall route is 5.5 km. ROUTE MAP

Essentials
  • Lac Kir: 5 km loop; River/canal paths add several km; de Gaulle and Colombière Park loop route is 5.5 km
  • Generally flat
  • Lac Kir: Campground; de Gaulle/Park: Place du Président Wilson
  • Dijon Ville Train Station for Lac Kir