Top 5 Best Places to Run in Duluth Minnesota
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I’m not an expert runner, but I fell in love with the sport when I ran my first 5k. Yes, it was a challenge, but the energy that comes after you cross the finish line is like nothing else. I realized that having a race on the calendar is the only way I stay motivated. As soon as I finish a race, I’m onto the next.
Since I race so much, I’m constantly training and keeping myself motivated. Since I live in Duluth, there are so many trails and so much pavement to choose from, one never gets sick of the view.
If you’re looking to get off the dreadmill or if you’re visiting Duluth for a couple days, check out my top five best places to run in Duluth!
The Duluth Lakewalk
Just over four miles of shoreline, this path is perfect for walkers, runners and bikers. It’s also the perfect place to meet a friend after work, chat about the day as you run down n’ back and sneak into one of the local restaurants in Canal Park for a post-run beverage and appetizer.
Otherwise, hopping onto the Lakewalk early in the morning is always peaceful and quiet. You may even see a ship or two entering or leaving the port! In the summer, it is flooded with city visitors. In the colder months, you’ll quickly find out who’s truly dedicated to running.
Hartley trails offer more than 10 miles of walking, hiking or running. The best view overlooks a sea of trees (best time is the fall!) You can even see a bit of Lake Superior if you look close enough. And, if your kids are into learning, Hartley Nature Center offers classes from bird watching to life in the pond. How neat is that?
There’s an Upper and a Lower Chester trail. Upper (Chester Bowl) turns into a ski hill in the colder months and Lower Chester is home to waterfalls and foot bridges along Chester Creek. Combining Upper and Lower, you’ll find 6.5 miles of trails made for running, hiking and cross-country skiing.
If you’re around in the summer months, cool off in the pond under the footbridge or hit up a concert on Tuesday nights, for free!
Superior Hiking Trail
Over the “mountain” and through the woods, you’ll find the Superior Hiking Trail. There are 43 miles of trails to run/hike around from Jay Cooke State Park (Carlton) to Duluth. This trail features: Spirit Mountain, Enger Tower, Lake Superior, the St. Louis River, the Lakewalk, Hartley Park and UMD’s Bagley nature trails.
You may want to break up the 43-mile adventure with camping, biking or hiking. But, this exists in our backyard and if you get the chance to step foot on this trail – you won’t regret it!
Side note: Northland Runner features a 10-mile Spirit Mountain Run as part of their fall and spring running series; free, fun and timed!
Running under the Seven Bridges Road and over Amity Creek, you’ll find nearly 5 miles of trails at your feet in Lester Park. It’s located in the Lakeside neighborhood and it’s not one to forget about. Very popular among the bikers and it even hosts mountain bike races.
What are some of your Best Places to Run in Duluth?
There are obviously several other great places to run near Duluth. What are some of your favorites? Share them in the comments below to help give non-Duluth residents better perspective on what it’s like to run up here.