Here’s a route with some great scenery and variety: combine the southern end of the Warta River paths with a tour of John Paul II Park and trails around Dębińskii Forest. This run is in the southern part of Poznań. These areas can be run separately, or combined for a 9-10 km route (or longer), as suggested by our map. Dębińskii Forest is the site of a weekly parkrun.
Start at John Paul II Park. This pleasant urban park, with its small lake, is located just west of the southern end of the Warta River path. Run through the park and continue through the community garden. Take the dirt connector path, Piastowska, to Dębińskii Forest (Las Dębiński).
Among the number of forest parks in Poznań, Dębińskii Forest is among our favorites. There are 11 km of mainly wooded paths winding around a series of ponds. There are lovely English Oaks and other species — in fact there are 86 ‘specimen’ trees in the forest. Our route is a 2 km loop of the forest, though there are additional paths. For the return, retrace your steps and follow the dirt path just to the east of the garden/ John Paul II Park to the start.
Add-Ons: Additional paths in Dębińskii Forest. Also can connect to the Warta River path headed north toward Poznań, or a more rugged path along the river south of Dębińskii.
- Mapped route is 9 km (5.6 miles). Good options to add on or vary the route
- John Paul II Park. Can also start at Dębińskii Forest
- Parking lots at John Paul II Park and at Dębińskii Forest