Chalco Hills Recreation Area

A bit off the beaten path, the Chalco Hills Recreation Area offers a more secluded alternative to Zorinsky Lake. The 6-mile loop around the central lake is a concrete multi-use path, but there is also a short woodchip nature trail and cross country loop for those preferring to run on a softer surface. The Recreation Area is very well maintained …

Zorinsky Lake

Zorinsky Lake is the most popular running spot in Omaha, and with good reason! The lake features a multi-use asphalt path that is wide enough for runners, cyclists, and leashed pets to share.  The lake is split down the middle by 166th Street, creating two loops that combine for a total of approximately 8 miles. The path itself features very …

Big Papio Trail

Stretching nearly 10 miles through Omaha, the Big Papio Trail is a concrete multi-use path that runs through four parks. The parks offer available parking, restrooms, and water fountains, making the trail very convenient for long runs, as it also connects to the Keystone Trail. Some portions of the trail, particularly those running through the parks, are shaded, while others, …

Riverfront Trail

  In hilly Omaha, the Riverfront Trail is an oasis for those looking to get a longer run or ride in on a flat surface. The Riverfront Trail, a concrete multi-use path approximately 10 feet in width, extends 10.8 miles along the Missouri River. The trail has numerous shaded sections along with lengthy unshaded expanses and passes through wetlands, parks, …

Four Mile Run Trail

Named after Four Mile Run Creek, this seven miles-long asphalt trail (confusing, right?) passes through Shirlington and connects to the much longer W&OD Trail at multiple locations. Benches, trashcans, water, and restrooms are available at the numerous parks along the route every few miles, and the path is well marked. Because the portion of the trail running through Shirlington and …

Custis Trail

The Custis Trail connects to the W&OD Trail and runs along I-66 towards the western part of Northern Virginia. The asphalt paved trail is four miles in length and connects commuters to Washington D.C. via the Key Bridge and Mount Vernon Trail. Because it is not a rails-to-trails conversion, there is considerable elevation change on the route, particularly at bridges …

Sligo Creek Stream Valley Trail

For those traveling to the Silver Spring/Wheaton area, the Sligo Creek Trail offers 10.2 miles of paved asphalt multi-use trail. Some single track trail borders the pavement along portions of the trail, which runs along the Sligo Creek Parkway. Benches are located at regular intervals along the path, and porta potties and water fountains are available at several parks along …

Mount Vernon Trail

Running along the banks of the Potomac River through Northern Virginia, the Mt. Vernon Trail is a great resource for runners or cyclists who are looking to get a long workout in. The trail is 18 miles in length and runs from Theodore Roosevelt Island to Mount Vernon, George Washington’s historic home. The path is mostly asphalt with some areas …

Ben Franklin Parkway

The Ben Franklin Parkway connects the northwest neighborhoods of Philadelphia to Center City and is heavily utilized. Famous sites such as the art museum, Logan Circle, and the library are found along the parkway, making it a popular thoroughfare. The Parkway has a dedicated bike lane that runs its length and also has concrete multi-use paths on both sides of …

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