One of my hobbies is trying out new running trails in gorgeous settings. I have run trails in Montreal, Vancouver, Chicago, and in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Here are my top eight favorite running trails.
1. Creekside Trail | Custer State Park. This paved trail follows Galena Creek through a beautiful pine forest in Custer State Park.
2. Lewis and Clark Trail | Yankton, SD. This paved trail borders Lewis and Clark Lake, giving you a terrific view of the chalky white bluffs across the water.
3. Vancouver Waterfront Trail | Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. This paved trail goes from downtown Vancouver along the bay, giving you a great view of the Vancouver skyline and of a neat little lighthouse.
4. Chicago Bike Trail at the Navy Pier | Downtown Chicago, IL. Starting at the downtown Sheraton, I ran this paved trail as the sun was coming up over Lake Michigan. The sunrise seemed to set the water on fire. This run heads past the Navy Pier, the docks and a city park, and gives a great view of the Chicago skyline.
5. Mickelson Trail | Black Hills of South Dakota. This trail is crushed gravel, and stretches almost 109 miles from Deadwood to Edgemont South Dakota. My favorite part runs from Mystic to Rochford along a creek and through pine forest.
6. Great Northern Historical Trail | Northwestern Montana. My son and I ran this trail near Flathead Lake one summer so he could train for cross country season. If you start just north of Somers, the trail takes you through a flat valley with views of the mountains, and ends at a bay on Flathead Lake.
7. Grouse Grind | Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. This trail runs up hundreds of stairs that climb Grouse Mountain. It was one of my most challenging trail runs, but the forest is really pretty and a great distraction from the grind on your knees.
8. Mount Royal | Montreal, Quebec, Canada. My son, husband and I ran this while visiting Montreal. We liked it so much we went back the next day. It takes you through a pretty forest up to a lookout where you can see the city of Montreal and beyond.
I share these rave runs with you because it’s important to find joy in whatever physical activity you do – and these brought me great joy! Check them out at MomentumOutside.com.
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