Love to run? You’re in luck! Greater Philadelphia is home to an abundance of trails, parks, and races that will excite runners of all levels. Instead of running the Perkiomen Trail or the Schuylkill Trail for the millionth time (although these are some of our favorites, too!), consider mixing it up this summer with a few new spots.
For trail runners who enjoy nature and the woods, be sure to head to Sadsbury Woods Preserve in Coatesville. The purple trail is a challenging 4.3 mile loop amongst the 500+ acres of interior woodlands (keep your eyes and ears out for tropical songbirds!). Green Lane Park is another favorite trail destination in Montgomery County, and we also enjoy the trails on the southern side of Nockamixon State Park for their great views of the lake.
If you’re interested in a longer training run, consider the Delaware Canal Towpath in eastern Bucks County (some of the most picturesque views, but the trail is narrow at parts) or the 140-mile Horseshoe Trail run that spans from Valley Forge National Park to Harrisburg. And if you’re looking for a challenge, head to Valley Forge Park for the aptly named Mount Misery trail – it’s just a couple miles, but we promise it’ll feel like more!
Plus, there’s no shortage of running clubs in the area. Consider joining Ambler Area Running Club, Montco Running Club, Conshohocken Running Club (they meet at the Conshohocken Brewing Co!), or the Bucks County Roadrunners. And for a comprehensive list of local road and trail races, check out Running in the USA and search by town.