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Boston - South Shore

A Comprehensive Guide to Running on Boston's South Shore

Boston’s South Shore, defined as the area reaching south of the city to the Cape Cod bridges, has some spectacular running spots. Many of these communities are both residential areas and summer visitor destinations. We’ve researched some of the best places for running on Boston’s South Shore, with an emphasis on coastal areas. Some highlights:

Beaches: Great beach running on Nantasket Beach, Duxbury Beach, and Horseneck Beach.

Shore Drives:  Great waterside running in Quincy along Quincy Shore Drive, and along coastal roads in Cohasset and Scituate.

Off-Road Running: Huge network of trails in Blue Hills Reservation just south of Boston, and miles of trails for running in Myles Standish State Forest in Carver.

History: Take our ‘Runseeing’ Tour of Plymouth.

Companion Guide: Boston  Companion Guide: Boston’s North Shore

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Blue Hills Reservation

Boston, MA - South Shore

7,000 acres of preserved land, incorporating 5 towns. 125 miles of trails — some of them great for running. Look for the wider, flat trails on the map. For a real challenge, 1-mile Summit Rd. is closed to cars and has 350 feet of elevation gain averaging 10% grade.

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.

There are two independent running stores on Boston’s South Shore near good running spots.

Greater Boston Running Company in Hingham.

Marathon Sports in Plymouth. Group Runs: Thursdays 6:30 p.m. 

Calendar of Road Race events on the South Shore, courtesy of Marathon Sports.