There’s nice running along the Maumee River easily accessible from downtown, on paved paths passing through several parks. It’s possible to do a loop using the two bridges that pedestrians can use to cross the river — the Martin Luther King Memorial Bridge & Wayne Bridge. But it’s not easy or particularly pleasant to access the Wayne Bridge, so we recommend running the paths on each side of the river and using MLK Bridge.
West Bank: A path runs along the west bank of the Maumee River for nearly 2 miles. Start at Main St. and run through several parks: Toledo Park, Promenade Park, and Middlegrounds Metro Park. It’s a nice ribbon of green, with some good water views. You can use the paths at the Owens Corning campus or Ottawa St. as the connector.
East Bank. The trails on the east bank run for 1.5 miles from Glass City Riverwalk, through International Park, to Navarre Ave. You can use the paved Rails to Trails path, though it’s slightly inland. For some nice water views, take the International Park Rotary Trail.
- Longer Run: A full route exploring both sides of the river would be ~7.5 miles — we recommend using the MLK Bridge to cross the river.
Add-Ons: Explore the streets of downtown Toledo, just inland from the west bank of the river. Particularly, we love running in the West End neighborhood — pretty streets with grand old homes. It’s just north of the Glass Pavillion Museum/Toledo Museum of Art.