Baton Rouge, located on the Mississippi River, is the capital of Louisiana. There’s interesting Antebellum architecture, lovely live oaks in some of the city’s historic neighborhoods, and a thriving, diverse cultural scene. There are some great spots for running in Baton Rouge, highlighted by paths along the Mississippi and around the Louisiana State University and adjacent lakes.
The signature running spot in Baton Rouge is the Levee Bike Path, which extends for 9 miles from downtown. The LSU Lake Loops are another great place to run in Baton Rouge. Downtown, we’ve put together a pleasant 4.5-mile ‘runseeing’ tour, and in the southern part of Baton Rouge there are some great neighborhoods for running, anchored by Highland Community Park. For a tranquil run, we love the botanic gardens paths at the LSU AgCenter.
Runners should note that Baton Rouge’s summers are oppressive, with frequent thunderstorms. Run early or late. Public transport is fairly limited. Though most of our routes are accessible from downtown, a car is needed beyond the city center.