During this time of year, the air is crisp, the leaves are changing colors, and it’s the perfect time to hit the running trails. If you’re tired of the same loop you normally take, the greater Seattle area is prime with amazing nature-filled trails that are perfect for runners of all stamina.
Here are some top running trails to keep your heart pumping:
Washington Park Arboretum
This arboretum has everything a great running trail needs. Sloping curves, beautiful foliage, and old growth trees, the Washington Park Arboretum is perfect for breathing in the fresh air while being conveniently located with several parking spots and entry ways throughout the park.
2300 Arboretum Dr E, Seattle, WA 98112
This 48.3 acre park in the Capitol Hill neighborhood is not only great for running, it’s packed with a full day's worth of activities. Climb up the tower to the lookout point or check out the glass greenhouse across the way from the reservoir. This beautiful park only gets better because of its location in the heart of one of Seattle’s most popular neighborhoods.
1247 15th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112
Myrtle Edwards Park
Connecting along the waterfront, Myrtle Edwards Park will become your number one spot. This great park with stunning scenery is connected to several other parks, including the Olympic Sculpture Park, an outdoor free sculpture garden put on by the Seattle Art Museum. This paved park is straight and flat, providing a tried-and-true workout for runners of all levels.
3130 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98121
Just a little above the University District, this nature-filled park is beautiful and has a small creek that runs alongside the trail. Locals love this spot due to the occasional spotting of wildlife, including owls!
5520 Ravenna Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105
Green Lake Park
This circular loop is great for people watching as well as running. Running around Green Lake, there is a flat, well-maintained path along with scattered shops and coffee, just in case you need to refuel. This is a popular spot on the weekends though, so you may have to do some zig-zagging to complete your run.
7201 East Green Lake Dr N, Seattle, WA 98115
It’s time to get out and explore these trail runs. Happy running.