Get Lost on Your Next Run: America's Most Scenic Running Trails

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The world is a beautiful place and it has many scenic places for runners. Each season holds its own grandeur and allure, and the different ecosystems that exist on our planet provide even more variation in scenery and captivating views - which is simultaneously great news and hugely beneficial for runners.

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The right location paired with appropriate weather conditions create a situation where nature is not only able to provide runners with terrain to cover, but also with a gorgeous view. And that can be pretty hard to top (sorry, Mr. Treadmill).

Here’s a look at some of the most breathtaking trails that runners have already discovered and enjoyed in the United States:


Indiana Dunes State Park
Photo Credit: Trisha Shipley Stanton


Glacier Gorge Trail, RMNP, Colorado
Photo Credit: Elaine Standohar


Dry Gulch Creek Road, "MisSOULa" Montana
Photo Credit: Chad Am Amber Strickland


Sullivans Island, South Carolina
Photo Credit: Elaine Standohar


Courthouse Butte Trail, Sedona, Arizona
Photo Credit: Chad Bowen


Pillbox Trail, Oahu, Hawaii
Photo Credit: Elaine Standohar


Photo Credit: Jenny Lo Thorsen


Griffith Park, Overlooking Downtown Los Angeles
Photo Credit: Marty Barrios

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Hard Guy Trail, Foothills of Boise Idaho
Photo Credit: Garrick Arends


White Mountains, New Hampshire
Photo Credit: Elaine Standohar


Edisto, South Carolina
Photo Credit: Elaine Standohar


WOD Trail, Ashburn, Virginia
Photo Credit: Jason Thomas Turchin


Teneriffe Falls Trail, Washington
Photo Credit: Stuke Sowle


Mohican State Park, Loudonville, Ohio
Photo Credit: Drew Miller


South Fine Gold Tail, Friant, California, (Foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains)
Photo Credit: Jessica Rogozinski


Sunken Meadow State Park, Long Island, New York
Photo Credit: Jenipher Quintanilla


Harriman State Park, New York
Photo Credit: Atilio Ciucci


Neusiok Trail, Croatan National Forest, North Carolina
Photo Credit: Amanda Shomber


Badlands, South Dakota
Photo Credit: Elaine Standohar


Rocky River Reservation, Lakeline, Ohio
Photo Credit: Michael Semick

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