Lyon, France

Parc de la Tête d’Or

Mark Lowenstein

Designed in a grand style, the 290-acre Parc de la Tête d’Or is a European classic. A lake, grand allées, statues, specimen trees, rides, a zoo, botanical garden and rose garden. Most popular is the 4 km (2.5 mile) ‘jogging trail’, a wide paved path that follows the outer perimeter of the park. There are also numerous interior paths (mostly cinder surface), ranging from pretty sections along the lake to some wooded sections.

Run the park standalone, or make it a long one by running from central Lyon along the Rhône river paths. It’s ~2 km from Pont Wilson to the entrance of the park. Or,

Add-OnsRhône river path — up to 8 km between the Parc de la Tête d’Or and the Confluence.

Essentials
  • 4 km (2.5 mile) perimeter loop, or DIY on the many interior trails
  • Flat
  • Numerous park entrances; Porte des Enfants de Rhône is a good entrance to use
  • Good metro or tram access, most of the way. Porte des Enfants de Rhône is the main entrance, but there are other gates/access points

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Essentials
  • 4 km (2.5 mile) perimeter loop, or DIY on the many interior trails
  • Flat
  • Numerous park entrances; Porte des Enfants de Rhône is a good entrance to use
  • Good metro or tram access, most of the way. Porte des Enfants de Rhône is the main entrance, but there are other gates/access points