Macon is a city famous for its cherry blossoms. Each March, Macon becomes a pink, cotton-spun paradise as over 350,000 Yoshino cherry trees bloom. The city hosts a cherry blossom festival, and a parade. It’s a popular visitor spot!
Naturally, one of the best ways to experience the cherry blossoms is on run! Get up early and beat the crowds (and admission fees in Carolyn Crayton Park. Here are some of the best ways to see the cherry blossoms (and other blooms) via a run:
Carolyn Clayton Park. This park is named after the founder of the festival and is one of the major parks in Macon for running. Parts of the park might require admission during festival time. Get up and go early! ROUTE THERE
Downtown Area. Some parts of downtown Macon are a historic district and are lovely for running, with lots of cherry trees. The area between Riverside Dr. & Plum St. north-south and 1st St. to 5th St. east-west are lovely for running.
Cherry Blossom Drive. The city has mapped out a driving route where some of the best cherry trees can be viewed. Overall, it’s a an 18-mile loop. It can be done as a run, but some sections aren’t that attractive on foot (Riverside Dr.), and some of the more scenic streets such as Rivoli Ave. and Wesleyan Dr. lack a sidewalk/shoulder (so, go early!). Ridge Ave. is a nice section for running.
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