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30 Best Runs in The Bay Area

Some of the best running running in the United States can be found in the Bay area, featuring spectacular scenery and an incredible variety of terrain. Here’s our selection of the 30 runs best runs in the Bay area, stretching from Napa to Big Sur. Scroll down to see the routes. And below are some favorites by ‘theme’.

  • Waterfront Paths. Crissy Field to GG Bridge; Bay Trail (East Bay); Half Moon Bay Trail; (SV) West Cliff Drive (Santa Cruz); Monterey Bay Coastal Trail
  • Parks. Golden Gate Park
  • Multi-Use Paths. San Francisco Bay Trail (south of SFO); Bay Trail (East Bay)
  • Trail Running. Mount Tamalpais State Park; Parks and Preserves of Novato (SF North)Parks/Trails west of 280 (Silicon Valley); Redwood Regional Park (East Bay); Skyline Wilderness Park (Napa); Point Reyes; Jack London State Park (Sonoma)
  • Bridges: Golden Gate Bridge; Bay Bridge Trail
  • Views. Golden Gate Bridge/Marin Headlands; Point Reyes; Berkeley Marina; Sonoma Coast State Park; Wilder Ranch State Park (Santa Cruz)
  • Beaches for Running. Ocean Beach (San Francisco); Crown Memorial State Beach (East Bay); Seacliff State Beach (Santa Cruz); Doran Regional Park (Sonoma);
  • Beautiful Neighborhoods. San Francisco Neighborhoods; Palo Alto; Piedmont Neighborhood (East Bay); Carmel Mission

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