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7 Trails to Run Before You Die

The Indiana Dunes

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Chesterton, Indiana

Just beyond the sandy shore of a 15-mile coastline, runners can map out a route along more than 70 miles of trails at the Indiana Dunes. The mix of rocky terrain and sand dunes offers a challenging workout, and the spectacular views of Lake Michigan provide inspiration to keep pushing through. On clear days, runners can even see Chicago in the distance!

Those who want a more challenging routine can opt to run trail 10, a six-mile loop that incorporates deep forest running with sand dune hills.

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Mt. Airy Forest

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Cincinnati, Ohio

Cincinnati’s largest park, Mt. Airy Forest is 1,471 acres located about 10 minutes from downtown. Runners can choose from a variety of scenic trails, many of which intersect each other and have fun obstacles such as hills and stone steps—so you'll really feel the burn.

Benjamin Franklin Parkway

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

It may not be as rugged as the other running trails on this list, but the Benjamin Franklin Parkway is a route you can't miss. The scenic boulevard runs through the cultural heart of Old City. Lined on both sides by renowned art institutions and fiery foliage, you'll have plenty to distract you during every mile.

 

Monroe Dunbar Brook Trail

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Monroe, Massachusetts

The 10.5-mile running trail at Monroe Dunbar Brook has some of the most beautiful scenery in the East. Vibrant fall foliage, shaded stands of old-growth hemlocks, waterfalls, brook crossings, and a variety of wildlife are just a few of the sights that this deep remote valley and its high peaks offer.

Patapsco Valley State Park

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Elliot City, Maryland

Patapsco Valley State Park is "an oasis in the middle of a metropolitan area." Located just outside Baltimore, the park boasts more than 170 miles of trails, with 70 of those miles identified as maintained trails.

Rockefeller State Park Preserve

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Sleepy Hollow, New York

The Rockefeller State Park Preserve may be located in Sleepy Hollow, but it's a favorite vacation spot among those who want to get up and at 'em for a beautiful and brisk morning run.

Lord Hill Regional Park

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Snohomish, Washington

Lord Hill Regional Park is a relatively unknown circuit of intermediate trails, most of which are veiled by a thick canopy forest that keeps them cool—perfect for long runs.