Fort Wayne is the second largest city in Indiana. It’s one of those smaller cities that are a joy for running. The centerpiece is the 25+ miles of paths along the Rivergreenway, consisting of paths along the three rivers — Maumee, St. Marys, and St. Joseph — that have their confluence in Fort Wayne. There are also terrific parks and attractive historical residential areas, owing to the “park and boulevard plan” that was designed in the early-20th century by the landscape architect George Kessler.
The best places to run in Fort Wayne center on the Rivergreenway system — we’ve mapped the three major river trails. Right downtown is the Circle of Hope loop, which showcases Headwaters Park and other downtown sites. In north Fort Wayne, there’s nice running around the historic Northside neighborhood, and the Wayne campus of Purdue University. In the southern part of the city, we love combining the South Wayne Historic District & Foster Park. Another treat is the 14 miles of trails around wetland, prairie, and forest at Eagle Marsh Nature Preserve.