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Macon is a city of 150,000, about 85 miles southeast of Atlanta and near the state of Georgia’s geographic center. Located on the  Ocmulgee River, Macon has a history as an industrial and transportation hub. There are 12 historic districts. Macon is known for its annual cherry blossom festival. There are some good options for running in Macon, centered on the river and sections of the Ocmulgee Heritage Trail.

The best place to run in Macon is the riverfront section of the Ocmulgee Heritage Trail. Combine that with Carolyn Clayton Park. We also like running on the trails of the Ocmulgee Mounds National Historic Park, where you can run up to ceremonial burial mounds dating to 900 CE. In northwest Macon, the riverside Amerson River Park features 3-4 miles of trails. We’ve also included a nice run in downtown Macon, plus other suggestions for cherry blossom runs!

Runners should note that Macon’s weather in summer is brutally hot & humid, with temperatures in the 90s from June-September.

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Carolyn Clayton Park

Macon, GA

The signature park in central Macon. It's a ~2 mile loop around the park's trails, including a dirt track of exactly 1 mile. Combine with the Ocmulgee Heritage Trail along the river for a longer run.

Amerson River Park

Macon, GA

Pleasant park on the Ocmulgee River in northwestern Macon that features 3-4 miles of trails around woodland, wetland, and meadow. Officially part of Ocmulgee Heritage Trail but not connected to the other sections.


Run Fit Sports is a longstanding running store in town.


The Macon Tracks Running Club has numerous group run opportunities. INFORMATION


Local race calendar, courtesy of the Macon Tracks Running Club.