Fresno, CA

Woodward Park

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Woodward Park is a 300-acre park in northeast Fresno on the South bank of the San Joaquin River. It’s one of our favorite places in Fresno to go for a run. The park is a combination of open fields and tree-shaded paths, and features numerous recreational facilities. There are 5 miles of multi-purpose trails.

For running, there are many options. Most fun is to explore the numerous interior paths of the park, The main paved trail through the park is the Lewis S. Eaton Trail. The Thomas MacMichael Loop Trail (also known as the ‘cow loop’) is an attractive, paved 1.5 mile loop in the middle of the park. Woodward Park is also the site of a popular 5k cross-country course. The greenest and prettiest part of the park is in the central area, around the gazebo and a couple of small lakes.

Another highlight of Woodward Park is the Shinzen Japanese Gardens — perhaps not appropriate for running, but worth exploring!

Essentials
  • Lewis S. Eaton Trail: 4.4 miles one-way; Thomas MacMichael Loop: 1.5 miles
  • Genersally flat
  • Ft Washington Parking Lot off

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Essentials
  • Lewis S. Eaton Trail: 4.4 miles one-way; Thomas MacMichael Loop: 1.5 miles
  • Genersally flat
  • Ft Washington Parking Lot off