United States

National Parks

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This is our master list for running in all the major National Parks for which Great Runs has developed guides. The vision of the National Park System is to set aside lands “for the benefit and enjoyment of the people”. For us, this means exploring these majestic places through running! We realize that runners visiting the National Parks might want to find an easy trail run or scenic road to keep up their running routine. Our extensive research includes discussions with park rangers and scouting out many routes ourselves. The focus is on accessibility and safety, while exploring the beauty within the parks. These are not serious trail runs or duplicative of suggested hikes. Rather, the approach is, if you are visiting a National Park, where are the most enjoyable, interesting, scenic, and appropriate places to go running?

Some of these routes are on popular trails that can get crowded, so best to go early. Also, see our notes for each park with respect to being safe and respectful of wildlife.

Below is the list of the major National Parks we have covered. Also, please search our “National Parks” under ‘Categories’  for ALL our routes in areas administered by the National Park Service (i.e. Boston Freedom Trail, Presidio of San Francisco) — these include National Seashores, Recreation Trails, Historic Areas, and more.

All Great Runs Routes with a National Park Component

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Some of our favorite runs in National Parks

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Blue Ridge Parkway

National Parks - ALL Major NPs

469-mile scenic road features stunning vistas, rugged mountains, and pastoral landscapes. With no shoulder, the Parkway and isn't great for running. We've researched the more runnable hiking trails and also recommend the carriage roads of Moses Cone Park.
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