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Greensboro, NC

A Comprehensive Guide to the Best Places to Run in Greensboro. See Also Our Guide to Nearby Winston-Salem

Greensboro is the third largest city in North Carolina and part of the Piedmont Triad region that includes Winston-Salem and High Point. The geography is known for its rolling hills and abundance of shade trees. For a relatively small city, the options for running in Greensboro are surprisingly good. There are 90 miles of trails and greenways, and several wonderful neighborhoods for running.

In the downtown area, we’ve put together a ‘runseeing’ tour combining parks, neighborhoods, and the UNC campus, and a route incorporating the historic Fisher Park, Latham Park, & Old Irving Park neighborhoods. Just west is the Arboretum and Hamilton Lakes area. For off-road running, we love the Atlantic & Yadkin Greenway and the Bicentennial Greenway, which passes through the Battlegrounds Park District, which is also great for a run. For gentle trail running, enjoy Bur-Mil Park and the Piedmont Environmental Center.

For more running options in the Piedmont Triad, see our guide to Winston-Salem.

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Battlegrounds Park District

Greensboro, NC

The Battlegrounds Park District includes Guilford Courthouse National Military Park & Greensboro Country Park. Combine the 2.5 Military Park Loop Rd. with the roads and paths through woods and around a lake in Country Park for a pretty and historic run!
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Atlantic & Yadkin Greenway

Greensboro, NC

One of our favorite places in the Greensboro area for a run. The 6-mile paved multi-use path features several bridges and boardwalks passing over the Lake Brandt, as it passes through Bur-Mil Park, Military Park, and Greensboro Country Park.
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Bicentennial Greenway

Greensboro, NC

Multi-use trail that runs for several miles in the Greensboro and High Point areas. It's a good off-road running opportunity, passing mainly through wooded terrain. We've mapped northern & southern sections, with numerous connections to other trails.
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Bur-Mil Park

Greensboro, NC

250-acre park is a popular spot for running, with the Atlantic & Yadkin Greenway passing through the park and over Lake Brandt. Excellent trail running on several miles of trails.
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Piedmont Environmental Center

Greensboro, NC

Terrific running options in this 376-acre nature preserve located in High Point. There are 6 miles of 'trail running' trails and a 2.6 mile section of the paved Bicentennial Greenway. Combination of woods, fields, section along High Point Lake.
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Battlegrounds Park District

Greensboro, NC

The Battlegrounds Park District includes Guilford Courthouse National Military Park & Greensboro Country Park. Combine the 2.5 Military Park Loop Rd. with the roads and paths through woods and around a lake in Country Park for a pretty and historic run!
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Atlantic & Yadkin Greenway

Greensboro, NC

One of our favorite places in the Greensboro area for a run. The 6-mile paved multi-use path features several bridges and boardwalks passing over the Lake Brandt, as it passes through Bur-Mil Park, Military Park, and Greensboro Country Park.
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Greensboro has a humid-subtropical climate with hot, humid summers and mild to cool winters. Runners should be aware of summer heat, with daytime temperatures in the high 80s (31C) and warm nights. In winter, daytime highs approach 50F (10C), with nights dipping to freezing. Snow and ice are rare. Winston-Salem is particularly lovely for running in the spring, when temps are warm and the azaleas are blooming. Warm weather extends well into the fall. The 45 inches of annual precipitation is spread throughout the year, though more in the form of downpours in summer.

Running Stores

The go-to running store options in Greensboro are a location of Fleet Feet and Omega Sports.

Area race calendar, courtesy of Fleet Feet Greensboro.