Best Scenic Running Paths in the Cleveland Area

There are so many beautiful parks in the Cleveland Area. But if you are looking for a great view during your next run, here are some of the the best routes in the area.

CBS Cleveland Insider’s Tip: While all the paths are clearly marked most are not lit at night – so it’s strongly recommended that you do not run after dark.

Rockefeller Park
9601 Wade Park Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44106
(216) 664-2210
planning.city.cleveland.oh.us

Price: free
Hours: dawn to dusk

Built in 1896 and dedicated to oiler John D. Rockefeller, Sr., this 270-acre, 7-mile park lies along Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Superior Avenue. This scenic route borders the Wade Park, Euclid Avenue and the Cleveland Cultural Gardens. This spectacular park offers historic stone bridges, wonderful landscaping and beautiful gardens, especially in spring and fall. The running paths are paved and lit at night.

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shakerlakes Best Scenic Running Paths in the Cleveland Area

Photo Credit: Shakerlakes.org

Shaker Lakes Park
2600 S. Park Blvd.
Cleveland, OH 44120
(216) 321-5935
www.shakerlakes.org

Price: free
Hours: dawn to dusk

Located off North Park Boulevard, this park offers two trails drenched in natural beauty. Nestled in the heart of woodlands, coming face to face with nature is inevitable on this trail. Observe squirrels, foxes and deer. Listen to the relaxing flow of streams, run by marshes and enjoy the shade of the covering trees. All People Trail is a .33-mile trail and The Stearns Trail is a mile long and staircases around the woodlands.

Garfield Park Reservation
8404 Webb Terrace
Cleveland, OH 44114
(216) 664-2110
planning.city.cleveland.oh.us

Price: free
Hours: 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Officially opened in 1895, this park is truly an exhibit of history. Located in the city of Garfield Heights between Turney Road and Broadway Avenue, this park offers a 2-mile paved loop that includes two steep areas to challenge your endurance. Hidden deep in the woods, this trail offers views of a waterfall and a Slavik Village.

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Morgana Run Trail
49th Street to Jones Road
Cleveland, OH 44114
(216) 664-2110
planning.city.cleveland.oh.us

Price: free
Hours: dawn to dusk

Formally known as the Wheeling and Lake Erie Rail Line, this 2.1-mile asphault trail is Cleveland’s best kept secret. Completed in 2007, the city of Cleveland paid $2,493,657 to transform the railway into a spectacular runway that weaves through the Broadway Slavik Village, prairie grasses, scattered beautiful Oak trees and sedges. The trial ends at the Garfield MetroParks Reservation, and boasts several entrances throughout the city. Find connections between Broadway and Ackley, Blanche Avenue off 55th and 49th streets.

sandyridgereservation Best Scenic Running Paths in the Cleveland Area

Photo Credit: Metroparks.cc

Sandy Ridge Reservation
6195 Otten Rd.
Cleveland, OH
(440) 327-3626
www.metroparks.cc

Price: free
Hours: dawn to dusk

This 2-mile, crushed stone trail intertwines and loops through 100 acres of wetlands and woodlands. The serenity of the sounds of nature and the possibility of deer and bald eagle sightings make this one of the most beautiful runs in Cleveland.

Danielle Coots has been writing since 1996. She has published short stories and articles in many publications. Danielle loves being active in the community and providing quality information regarding current and upcoming events in the Cleveland area. She will be covering topics of travel & outdoors. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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