The Michigan city of Ann Arbor, about an hour west of Detroit, popped up as a Potawatomi settlement along the Huron River. Today, it is most famous as the home of the University of Michigan, nicknamed “Tree Town” for its many forested city parks. Thanks to these parks, lovely trails along the Huron River, and many sidewalks, there are great places for running in Ann Arbor!
The paths along the Huron River, part of Michigan’s Border to Border (B2B) Trail, connect some popular running areas, such as Gallup Park and the Nichols Arboretum. Other good parks include Bird Hills Nature Area and County Farm Park. We’ve also mapped out a route through the University of Michigan and the Burns Park neighborhood. For those who are able to travel slightly outside of Ann Arbor, there is a necklace of parks and bike paths to the north of the city.
The Ride, Ann Arbor’s public transportation authority, offers bus service throughout the city and nearby communities. There is also bus and Amtrak service between Ann Arbor and Detroit. Taxi, Lyft, and Uber are available throughout the city, but for some of our northern routes, runners may need their own car.