Favorite for Spring

30 Great Spring Runs: United States

There are certain runs that are particularly special on a spring day. The sights and smells of blossoms blooming and trees budding are an especially nice reward after a winter of running in the cold and dark. Here’s a list of 30 runs in the United States that are particularly wonderful in spring  — an eclectic collection of parks and bucolic residential areas. We’ve tried to come up with one recommended route for each major U.S. city (the ones that have distinct seasons — sorry, L.A. and Miami!).  The list is in alphabetical order, by city. And, see some of our other spring lists: Best Cities in Spring, Cherry Blossom Runs, and European Parks.

Freedom Park & Olmsted Linear Park

Atlanta, GA

Freedom Park is one of Atlanta’s large city parks. Our two green, shaded routes are the 2.5 mile Freedom Parkway Trail, and a 3.6 mile loop, starting at the Carter Library, to Chandler Park. Olmsted Linear Park can be added or loop option.

Roland Park Neighborhood

Baltimore, MD

Designed by Frederick Law Olmsted between 1890 and 1920 as the first “planned suburban community”. Our guide to some of the nicest streets in this classic, gorgeous residential neighborhood.

The Emerald Necklace

Boston, MA

A greenway originally conceived by Frederick Law Olmsted, running 10 miles from the State House to Franklin Park. Highlights include the Comm. Ave Mall, Fens, Jamaica Pond, Arboretum, and Franklin Park.

Rockefeller Park/MLK Drive

Cleveland, OH

A 3-mile linear park along Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Superior Avenue. Bike path runs along MLK Drive between University Circle and the lakefront. Can add on at the lake, or in University Circle area.

German Village

Columbus, OH

Historic area just south of downtown, with Italianate architecture, brick sidewalks, and alleys. Lovely Schiller Park is at the center. Nice place for a run, do it leisurely and randomly, rather than proscribed route. Combine with downtown run!

High Line Canal Trail

Denver, CO

The 66-mile trail connects many of Denver’s parks and has some lovely sections shaded by cottonwood trees. The most scenic stretch is the 6 miles between Three Pond Park and Orchard Road. Detailed trail map included.

Eagle Creek Park

Indianapolis, IN

This is by far the city’s most popular running spot and one of the largest metropolitan greenspaces in the nation. It includes 5K, 8K, and 10K certified road courses as well as 10 miles of trails.

Olmsted Parks Tour

Milwaukee, WI

Frederick Law Olmsted - famed designer of New York's Central Park - designed both Lake Park and Riverside Park (originally "River Park"), with Newberry Boulevard being the deliberate connector between the two.

Chester County

Philadelphia: Suburbs

Chester County, one of the original three Pennsylvania counties, is a tony area west of Philadelphia and Delaware counties. This historic spot is marked by rail trails, beautiful parks, and high-end residential neighborhoods.

Cape Elizabeth

Portland, ME

Cape Elizabeth is Portland’s most affluent suburb, with lovely waterfront sections and pretty residential streets. This is the route of the 10k Beach to Beacon road race. Options to vary from this.

Forsyth Park

Savannah, GA

The signature park in Savannah’s historic district. Walking paths, a large fountain, live oaks & azaleas, and recreational facilities. There are about 1.5 miles of interior walking paths or a loop around the perimeter is 1.2 miles.

The Memorials

Washington, DC: Central

A truly inspiring run, incorporating scenery, history, and beauty. The core “Memorial Run” incorporates the Washington Monument, and the Jefferson, FDR Memorial, and MLK Memorials. Catch during Cherry Blossoms!