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Lexington, KY

Our Guide to the Best Places to Run in Lexington and Surrounding Horse Country

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Located in the heart of Kentucky’s Bluegrass region, Lexington is considered the ‘Horse Capital of the World’. Tight restrictions on development have preserved the area’s beautiful farms. The highlights of running in Lexington include some gorgeous roads passing by the area’s horse farms, and some attractive multi-use paths, and parks close to the city. Our thanks to Nikki Gilland for her helpful route suggestions!

The best places to run in Lexington include our ‘runseeing‘ tour of the city’s historic residential areas, the gorgeous Arboretum, off-road running on the Legacy and Brighton multi-use trails, and paths around Shillito Park and Wellington Park. For a taste of Lexington’s horse farms, see our routes through Kentucky Horse Park, Masterston Station Park, Hisle Farm Park, and several horse farm routes we’ve  put together in the area of the famed Keeneland reacecourse. For trail running, Raven Run Nature Sanctuary is our go-to. For a trail run and a beer, head to West Sixth Farm in Frankfort, which has 4 miles of trails around the grounds of their farm and on-site brewery!

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Arboretum Trail

Lexington, KY

The 100-acre Arboretum and Botanical Garden is one Lexington's running highlights. Enjoy the paved, 2 mile perimeter path while viewing more than 500 native species. Add-on with Univ. of Kentucky nearby.

Brighton Rail Trail

Lexington, KY

A pleasant, flat multi-use path running between two neighborhoods. The suburban/residential trail is 1.8 miles, with spurs to some nice parks and other good neighborhood roads for additional running.

Hisle Farm Park

Lexington, KY

Hisle Farm Park offers runners a great opportunity to get a taste of horse farm country for which this area is famous. The 280-acre park has 3.5 miles of lovely rolling hill trails through fields, with 1-mile and 2.5-mile loops.

Raven Run Nature Sanctuary

Lexington, KY

Terrific trail running in this 734 acre woodland preserve located 15 miles south of downtown Lexington. There are 10 miles of color-coded trails, with good footing and rolling hills. The 'Red Trail' is the signature loop.

West Sixth Farm: Trail Run and Brew!

Lexington, KY

Mix a trail run and a craft brew!  West Sixth Farm is a farm/brewery that also operates a ~4 mile trail system popular for trail running and mountain biking. The farm is situated in gorgeous countryside in Frankfort, 30 miles northwest of Lexington.

Lexington has a humid, subtropical climate, with warm, humid summers and cool winters. Summer highs reach well into the 80s (30C), with warm nights. In winter, average high temperatures are in around 40F (5C), with lows in the mid-20s (-4C). Sprint and autumn are gorgeous for running. Runners might have to contend with hear in summer and some cold/ice in winter. Precip is relatively even through the years, with T-storms in summer.

Source: NOAA


John’s Run/Walk Shop is the go-to running store in Lexington, with two locations and an extensive group running calendar. Has been around since 1978!

There are also outlets of Fleet Feet and another local running store, Allsports.

J&H Outdoors is great for trail running gear.


John’s Run/Walk Shop has numerous group running events. Typically Mondays 6pm from their Palomar store, Tuesdays 7pm from their Ashland store, and a ‘Thirsty Thursday’ run from Ashland. They also have a group run Saturdays at 8am.  Calendar.

West Sixth Brewing has group runs on Tuesdays at 5:30om
Mirror Twin Brewing has a run group on Mondays at 6pm
The Bluegrass Runners club has group runs are open to everyone.

Good local race CALENDAR, courtesy of John’s Run/Walk Shop