The weather is starting to cool down (sort of?) and soon you’ll finally be able to ditch the treadmill and run outside. While you’ve probably seen people running down the St. Charles streetcar line, the view, as beautiful as it is, can get pretty repetitive. New Orleans may not be a huge city, but there are endless running paths with great scenery to help you switch it up every once in a while. Check out our list of our favorite places to run in NOLA, and spice up your workout!
Mississippi River Trail
You may have seen the path that runs down the Mississippi River Levee, but did you know that it’s 22 miles long? Stretching from The Fly all the way to Kenner, this path is great for anyone that gets annoyed stopping at red lights and intersections. Go for a long, easy run here with a view of the Mississippi and an ever-changing backdrop. Access the trail here.
Bayou St. John
This 10-foot wide path takes you past huge live oak trees and marsh grasses that line the bayou, all while being able to take in the families of ducks hanging out in the water and giving you enough space to run alongside your friends. The trail also brings you on an outside tour of Park Island, with views of the most luxurious modern homes in New Orleans. Access the trail here.
If you like a nice breeze during your run, try running the trail along Lake Pontchartrain. The Lakeshore Drive path has long been underrated, with views of the beautiful blue waters and the seemingly endless bridge. This path goes right by UNO, as well as the many families who are undoubtedly picnicking along the route. Access the trail here.
This vast park has endless paths and trails for walking, running, and biking, so there are always new ones to try out. The 1,300 acre park is home to many small ponds and lakes, as well as many small sections of old bayous. Live oak trees provide great shade on a hot and sunny day, as well as protection from the wind on those cold ones.
Along the Zemurray Trail, which is partially paved, runners will pass outdoor sculptures, a replica of a venetian gondola, and a live oak tree with large wind chimes hanging from it. Access the trail here.
Okay, so you’ve probably done this one before, but its always worth a mention. This 1.8 mile long trail circles a gorgeous public golf course, and like much of City Park, is shaded by oak trees. For a longer run, try running the dirt trail around the perimeter of the park. Access the trail here.
Next time you take yourself out for a run, check out a new path and change up your scenery. This may help you run longer, and will no doubt help you enjoy your runs even more. So take a look at a new part of the city and burn those calories! Happy running!