If you’re heading to New Orleans, it’s probably to have fun. But that doesn’t mean you should neglect your training while visiting the city. The best way to get to know New Orleans is by running through it. There are a variety of places to run, both in the city and in the surrounding area.
Running in the Center of the City
Here are some suggestions on where to go for a run if you want to embrace everything that New Orleans has to offer.
The French Quarter: While possibly the most scenic route, don’t expect major mileage and plan to dodge people and cars.
The median on St. Charles Avenue: The median, a sandy grassy strip between streetcar tracks, was not designed as an official place to run, but it is an extremely popular option for runners and walkers alike. This route runs for several miles while passing some of the area’s most notable mansions. Just keep your eyes open for the streetcars!
Away from the crowds
Want to get away from the hustle and bustle? Try these running routes.
City Park: This park has so many options for runners. Want to do a track workout? The City Park Track, which was built for the 1992 Olympic Trials, is a 400-meter polyurethane track open to both walkers and runners. The one-mile Festival Grounds path and the three-quarter mile path around Big Lake path are easily accessible and provide great scenery on the run. Additionally, Couturie Forest offers lots of trail options in a quiet forest.
The Lakefront: Lakeshore Drive runs along Lake Pontchartrain. It offers runners views of the lake as they run. The path follows a series of small parks and beaches along the shore of the lake.
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Where to Go for Major Mileage
Levee Path: Also known as the Mississippi River Trail, this 22-mile paved path on top of the levee allows runners to avoid traffic and intersections. The path starts at The Fly and winds through Kenner and the River Parishes.
Tammany Trace: This 27-mile “rails to trails” offers a flat, paved surface with a good bit of shade. There are five different entrances with different amenities available at each, including Abita Brew Pub at the Abita Springs trailhead, so plan accordingly!
New Orleans is an amazing city to visit. The food is unique, the alcohol flows freely, and the culture is wonderful to see. Now when you go for that visit, you don’t have to take a break from your training plan!