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Sonoma County, California

A Comprehensive Guide to the Best Places to Run in Sonoma County

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Spanning from the Pacific Ocean to the west of the Napa Valley, Sonoma County is a region of California’s northern Bay Area known for its wines and idyllic scenery. Our guide to running in Sonoma County is divided into the county’s major areas, including Sonoma City, Santa Rosa, Petaluma, and the Sonoma Coast. Note our coverage of California wine country also covers Napa County.

Highlights in Sonoma include the Bike Path/Lovall Valley Road, the Sonoma Overlook Trail, and the Bartholomew Park & Winery downtown, as well as Jack London and Sonoma Valley parks. In Santa Rosa, runners will find gems like the Joe Rodota and West County Trails, plus a huge selection of state park trails. Runners will also find options further south in Petaluma, and scenic beach and trail running options along the Sonoma County Coast.

Generally a car is needed for exploring Sonoma County. The Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) offers great north to south service from Sonoma County Airport, through Santa Rosa and Petaluma, to San Rafael. Sonoma County Transit also provides bus service, mostly within Santa Rosa but reaching into Sonoma, Petaluma, and destinations to the north and west.

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Sonoma Area

Sonoma County, California

Running options in the heart of wine country include multi-use paths, scenic roads, and the Bartholomew Park Winery's trails. Good trail running at Sonoma Overlook Trail, Sonoma Valley Regional Park, and Jack London State Park.
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Santa Rosa Area

Sonoma County, California

The county seat of Santa Rosa has plenty of running options, from bike paths like the Joe Rodota and West County Regional Trails to gorgeous state parks such as Trione-Annadel, Foothill, and the Armstrong Redwoods.
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Petaluma Area

Sonoma County, California

The "egg-basket" of Petaluma is famous for its chickens and foodie culture, but there is also plenty of running in this riverfront town, from the scenic expanses of Helen Putnam and Shollenberger Parks, to the many sidewalks and bike paths along Lynch Creek.
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Sonoma County hotels are mainly centered around Sonoma and Santa Rosa, but visitors can also find charming B&Bs and more throughout the countryside. See SonomaCounty.com for info on hotels and lodging.

In Sonoma, The Sonoma Running Club meets at Sonoma Plaza Thursday nights at 6 pm. The Empire Runners Club holds various races and events.

In Santa Rosa, Fleet Feet is the go-to for gear and running groups. They offer weekly training clubs (for a fee) as well as fun events like a Wednesday Night Pub Run (6 pm) and occasional Sunset Winery Runs. Find info at FleetFeetSR.com.

Find info on some of Sonoma County’s top running races at SonomaCounty.com.