20 Best Running Trails in The US
Updated: Jan 21
by Randy S.
Here Are Some Excellent Places to Run in The Us
Trail running is excellent for exercise and is a lot more fun than running indoors. You get to enjoy the outdoors, meet new people and relax.
It is also a great way to lose weight, improve your cardiovascular health and deal with depression symptoms. Here are some safe places for trail running in the US.
Rim Trail in California/Nevada
A great trail offers you variety on your run and is in one of the best states to hike and run. The Rim Trail, as area residents call it, is 165 miles long.
It goes around the lake via the Sierra Nevada Mountains. If you run the entire Rim Trail, you will see meadows, forests, granite boulders next to alpine lakes, and still, get a great view of Lake Tahoe.
You may not run the entire trail, but there are access points you can use to run long and short sections of the trail. These also offer stunning views and ensure you have a great time on your run.
Mid Mountain Trail in Park City, Utah
The beauty of a mountain is best appreciated when you're standing on it. This trail offers exactly that, and more!
From the 8000 feet above sea level to the air being so thin up there- this experience will take your breath away.
The forest landscape is beautiful, and you get excellent views of Park City down below. You will also catch views of the Canyons Resort as you run the trail.
The Mid Mountain Trail stretches between The Canyons and Deer Valley.
It is an excellent run for a group and is also a great way to see the sights. A word of caution, make sure you acclimatize, drink lots of water, and increase your carbohydrate intake before running this trail.
Awa’apuhi Trail in Kauai, Hawaii
The Awa’apuhi trail is on Kauai, which is famous for its ocean scenery and sheer cliffs. The beautiful beaches and blue ocean water make you appreciate life and living. It goes through Waimea State Park and allows you a view of the Na Pali Coast.
The great thing about this hike up to 4000 feet elevation (the average person starts at 2500) is that it offers a workout with mountainside views as your reward!
Billy Goat Trail in Montgomery County, Maryland
The Billy Goat trail requires careful running and is also great for walking for people visiting the city for the first time.
The trail joins the Potomac River and Chesapeake, and Ohio Canal.
It is divided into three sections; A, B, and C. Section A has the rockiest features and offers the greatest challenge even to seasoned trail runners.
You will need to do quite a bit of scrambling and rock hopping. That said, it is an excellent experience for a walk or run for the entire family. Make sure that you bring lots of water with you on this part of your run.
Inner Basin Trail in Flagstaff, Arizona
The Inner Basin Trail is deep inside the Coconino National Forest in Arizona and begins in a meadow. If you love high-altitude running, this is an excellent trail for you.