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St. Augustine, FL

The Best Places to Run in St. Augustine and Vicinity

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Founded in 1565 by Spanish explorers, St. Augustine is the oldest continuously inhabited European-established settlement in the continental United States. It was also one of the initial cities in Florida established for tourism, when Henry Flagler built a railroad connection and two opulent hotels there. Today, St, Augustine remains a popular visitor destination, with a well-preserved historical center, numerous important sites, attractive waterfront location, and pretty beaches. There’s a good variety for running in St. Augustine, between historic neighborhoods, waterfront trails, scenic bridges, and some longer multi-use paths in the area.

The best place to run in St. Augustine is along the waterfront trails, and the pretty streets of the historic center. The Lincolville, Davis Shores, and Camachee Cove neighborhoods have quiet streets and lovely homes. Two extensive area beaches — St. Augustine and Vilano, are good for running. For a longer off-road run, we recommend the trails of Anastasia State Park, and the Palatka-to-Saint Augustne Rail Trail. The planned community of Nocatee, with its miles of fitness trails and Nature Preserve, makes for a nice destination run.

A car is generally needed in the area. There’s a modest local bus system, but it covers a limited area. Like much of Florida, summers can be hot for running — best to go early and use caution.

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Waterfront and Fort

St. Augustine, FL

The most scenic run in St. Augustine, featuring nearly 2 miles along the water. Includes the Castillo Fort and bayfront path. It's a 4 mile out and back. For a longer run, incorporate the Mission and the beautifully canopied Magnolia Ave.
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St. Augustine ‘Runseeing’ Tour

St. Augustine, FL

A 'runseeing' tour of St. Augustin's Historic district, the area between the Vilano Bridge and Bridge of Lions. Take a jaunt around the grounds of West Lawn, historic streets, Castillo Fort, The Mission, and the waterfront. Good add-on opportunities.
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Two Bridges Loop

St. Augustine, FL

Two notable bridges in St. Augustine cross over the Matanzas River: the historic Bridge of Lions, which accesses Anastasia Island, and the longer Vilano Causeway/Usina Bridge. They're 1.2 miles apart. It's a minimum 7.5 mile run, particularly nice at sunrise.
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Waterfront and Fort

St. Augustine, FL

The most scenic run in St. Augustine, featuring nearly 2 miles along the water. Includes the Castillo Fort and bayfront path. It's a 4 mile out and back. For a longer run, incorporate the Mission and the beautifully canopied Magnolia Ave.
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St. Augustine has a humid subtropical climate. Summers are hot and wet, with high temps around 90F and near daily thunderstorms. November through April is drier. Winters are typically mild and sunny. January high temperatures average in the mid 60s and it can be chilly at night. Bring layers. It’s not as warm as south Florida!

There’s a good selection of accommodations in St. Augustine, as it’s a popular visitor destination. If you want access to some of the best places to run in St. Augustine out your door, we recommend staying in or near the Historic District, east of Ponce de Leon Blvd.

There are no independent running stores in St. Augustine. There an ASICS Outlet store, and Hibbett Sports also sells running gear.