My folks were raised in Michigan and I visit there quite frequently. It is a beautiful state full of trees and big lakes. Although the weather is a little sketchy, running Michigan should definitely be on your to do list.
Detroit is the largest city in Michigan as well as the eleventh largest city in the nation. It is also home to some amazing running/walking routes full of beautiful views and tough terrain. Below are a few of Detroit’s best and safest places to run.
Best Places to Run in Detroit
- Belle Isle Park (Beautiful Island Park): Located close to the hub of downtown and full of many miles of trails and paths. The park is near America’s busiest inland waterway that provides breathtaking views of Detroit, Canada, and the Ambassador Bridge.
- Campus Martius Park: Located in the heart of downtown Detroit and considered to be Detroit’s gathering place, it is known as a place for workers, residents, and visitors to come together to relax, enjoy, exercise, and celebrate Detroit. The park offers a safe place to run/walk all while taking in the sights of national monuments, fountains, and gardens. The park is also home to an ice rink and free WiFi.
- Island Lake Recreation Area: Located in Brighton and full of scenery. This hot spot consists of four miles of paved trails/path as well as 14 miles of hilly woods and field trails. Challenging, but well worth it.
See more cities in Matt’s tour of the Best Places to Run.
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