In Racine, the Lake Michigan Pathway offers a scenic run along the lake. Overall, the paved multi-use trail goes for nearly 10 miles — we’ve mapped the 5-mile part along the lake. Our route is actually 6 miles, as include the 0.5 mile jaunts out two causeways/piers.
The southern end starts at 17th St. Run north, passing Gateway Technical College (1 mile), and then the heart of downtown. The next section is around the scenic marina, with jaunts out the Christopher Columbus Causeway to the Racine Overlook and the Racine Breakwater to the Lighthouse. The final 1.5 miles are along North Beach, passing the Zoo and ending at Melvin Ave. A there and back would be anywhere from 8 miles to 10 miles, depending on whether the causeways are included.
Note: It’s possible to run along the 1-mile North Beach, but the sand tends to be soft.
Add-Ons: Connect to the Root River Pathway, just inland from the Marina. Also, at the residential area at the north end of the trail is pleasant for running.
- Up to 6.1 miles (9.8 km) one-way, including the two causeways, which are each 1 mile out and back.
- South End: 17th Ave. North End: Melvin Ave.
- Numerous access points