There is a solid and dedicated running scene in Detroit. The best places to run in Detroit are wonderful Belle Isle, and the 5 mile Riverwalk trail. There are also some good neighborhoods and old ‘avenues’ that are sort of a running ‘tourist’ attraction of the city’s past, present, and future. If you have the time, head 8 miles east of the city to do a run along Lakeshore Rd. in Grosse Pointe, with beautiful water views and Detroit’s finest homes.
Outside of downtown, we’ve focused on the best running options in suburbs frequented by travelers: Dearborn, Farmington, Southfield, Warren, Bloomfield Hills, Birmingham, and Novi. There are some several wonderful linear parks and rail trails in these areas, notably the Hines Park Trail and River Rouge Park. Another fun option is to run along the river paths in Windsor, Ontario. It’s just over the bridge from downtown Detroit — a five minute drive and accessed by bus (unfortunately walking across the bridge is not permitted). Stony Creek Park and Kensington Park are two great ‘destination runs’ further afield. We’ve also created a separate guide to Ann Arbor.