The Gulf Coast port of Mobile, Alabama has long fascinated visitors with its historic architecture, arts, and a famous Carnival/Mardi Gras celebration to rival New Orleans. It’s also one of the most important dock/shipyard areas in the United States, in addition to its prominent healthcare and aerospace industries. The scene for running in Mobile is heavily influenced by the city’s location on the Gulf Coast.
There are plenty of good places to run in Mobile with a little bit of local knowledge. Groups like Mobile United have recently amped up the cycling scene in Mobile, so there are lots of bike-path style running options in Blakeley State Park, the Airport Perimeter Trail, and the Eastern Shore Trail just across the bay in Daphne. Popular in-town options include the short jogging path at Medal of Honor/College Hill Park, the Glenn Sebastian Nature Trail on the University of South Alabama campus, and road running on the streets of Old Mobile and College Park. For a one of a kind destination run, travel to the pristine beaches of Dauphin Island for a sand/shoreline route.
Mobile’s Wave Transit System does a pretty good job of covering the central district, including the Loda Mobile bus which circles the main downtown destinations. For remote routes, like Dauphin Island or Daphne, a car is needed.