Favorite Routes Lists

40 Best Runs in New England

Great Runs has assembled a huge collection of fantastic places to run in the five New England states, which include Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Maine, and Vermont. Here’s a selection of 40 favorites, culled  from each region and major city.

 

The Charles River Paths

Boston, MA

One of the most famous runs in the country. Run all the way from downtown to Newton! Sections on the Boston side and Cambridge side, with numerous bridges along the way, allowing for great loops.
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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.
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Apple Orchard Runs

Fall Foliage Runs in Massachusetts

Three routes in the orchard towns of Harvard, Stow, and Bolton west of Boston around Rt. 495. Lovely roads, with fun hills and great views to orchards and the valley. 5 and 10 mile options from the Apple Harvest Ramble in Harvard, or a route along the new Assabet River Rail Trail.
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Worlds End

Boston, MA - South Shore

Overlooking Hingham Harbor just south of Boston, Worlds End offers several miles of roads and trails, flanked by specimen trees, with great views to the water and the Boston skyline. Enjoy 3+ miles of carriage road type trails in this Olmsted-designed park.
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Falmouth: Waterside Run

Cape Cod, MA

Fantastic waterside running, with views to Vineyard Sound. There are two ~3 mile one-way sections: Surf Drive; and Grand Ave. & Menauhant Ave. from Falmouth Heights Beach to East Falmouth. A 2 mile 'inland' section separates these two areas.
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Chatham Grand Tour

Cape Cod, MA

Chatham is one of the prettiest towns on the Cape. This is a grand 7.5 mile tour, which includes a run along Shore Dr., a section along Oyster Pond, and a jaunt out to Morris Island and the Monomoy Wildlife Refuge. Good options to vary & shorten.
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Bay Side Beaches

Cape Cod, MA

The best beach running on the Cape tends to be on the Bay side. A favorite is in the Brewster area, between Breakwater Beach in the north and Boat Meadow Landing in the south. In good conditions, this is beach running heaven.
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Oak Bluffs Running Tour

Martha's Vineyard, MA

A 'runseeing' tour of Oak Bluffs: waterfront sections around the harbor and Seaview Ave., festive Circuit Ave., spectacular homes around Ocean Park, famous gingerbread houses, and for a longer run, a loop around the Land Bank Trails and out East Chop.
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Edgartown Tour

Martha's Vineyard, MA

Tony Edgartown is the historic and commercial center of Martha's Vineyard. Develop your own route incorporating Lighthouse Beach, whaling captains' homes along Water St. and the leafy side streets with quaint homes, shops, & inns.
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Nantucket Historic District Tour

Nantucket, MA

A 3-mile tour of some of the prettiest and most historic streets of Nantucket's Downtown Historic District and the center area. Lots of opportunities to add on. Downtown can get crowded in high season, so best to do that section early.
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‘Sconset to Sankaty Light

Nantucket, MA

Siasconset, known as ‘Sconset to locals, hugs the high eastern crest of the island, where grand homes look out over even grander ocean views. This 3 mile route leads from downtown ‘Sconset to the Sankaty Light.
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The ‘Two Park Triangle’

Hartford, CT

This 6.5 mile run combines the best of Hartford's parks and a section of our Hartford history tour. Bushnell Park, a loop around Elizabeth Park, and the important sites along Asylum Ave. & Farmington Ave., which run between the two parks.
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East Bay Bike Path

Providence, RI

The signature run in Providence, popular with pedestrians and cyclists alike. Starting at India Point Park in Providence, the paved trail follows the Providence River for 14.5 miles to Bristol. Great water views much of the way.
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Mohegan Trail

Block Island, RI

A wonderful run from downtown to one of Block Island's most popular spots, with great views of the water. A good add-on is to take the steep stairs down to the beach, and run/walk for a bit along the beach.
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Nashua Running Highlights

New Hampshire: All Routes

The best place to run in Nashua is Mine Falls Park. We also love running in the residential neighborhood & Greely Park near downtown. The Nashua River Rail Trail is great for a long off-road run, and the Horse Hill Nature Preserve is great for trail running.
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Eastern Promenade Trail

Portland, ME

One of Portland’s centerpieces, running from downtown, along the water, to Back Cove. The waterfront trail is built along an old rail corridor and offers spectacular harbor and ocean views.
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Peaks Island

Portland, ME

Take the 20-minute ferry over to Peaks Island, and enjoy a wonderful 4-mile perimeter tour of the island, with great water and Portland skyline views.
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Boothbay Harbor

Maine: Mid-Coast

Quaint coastal town, known for its coastal views, shops and restaurants, and as a departure point for ferries. We've mapped a 4 mile 'Boothbay Harbor' route, featuring great water views, and a 2.8 mile there and back along Shore Rd. on Ocean Point.
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Islesboro Tour

Fall Foliage Runs in Maine

Located just off of Maine’s mid-coast, accessible by ferry from Camden. Beautiful island for running in the Penobscot Bay, with quiet roads, pretty foliage, and great water views. We've mapped a 7 mile loop from the ferry terminal.
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Rockland Running Highlights

Maine: Mid-Coast

We've put together two great runs in this historic fishing village: A jaunt along the waterfront and quaint Main St., with its shops, restaurants, and galleries; And a route out to Breakwater Light, where you can run on large granite rocks for 0.7 miles to the lighthouse.
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Stowe Recreation Path

Stowe, VT

A popular, paved 5.3 mile multi-use trail, fairly flat and with great views. It meanders along West Branch River, over numerous small bridges, past beautiful farms, and enchanting wooded sections. Great Mansfield views headed north!
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Woodstock: Billings Farm & Museum

Vermont: All Routes

This loop is a tour of the charming town of Woodstock, which is a popular visitors’ destination not far from the New Hampshire border. Our route starts at the Billings Farm & Museum, billed as a gateway to Vermont’s rural heritage and one of the finest operating dairy farms in America.
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