Places To Run

Below are about 40 places to run in the Greater Cincinnati area –  Most likely near one where you live or work.  If you have one that you would like to add, send an email to  cincinnatirunning@gmail.com.

  •  Anderson Trails –  Five Mile Trail is a 2.5 mile paved off road, hilly, with some cross streets controlled by pedestrian walk lights
  • Armleder Park – Features a 2 mile paved trail.  Has a 1.5 mile connector with Lunken Playfield to get a long run of almost nine miles. Shared with bikes and skates. Current home of the club’s Memorial Day Race.
  • Ault Park – Dirt trails or run the roads inside the park .  There will be hills.
  • Burnett Woods Park – Right next to UC.  There will be hills.  Run through the UC Campus or to Mt. Storm Park. Try this route.
  • Cincinnati Nature Center, Milford OH – Great place for trail running.  Admission fee required for entry.
  • Corwin Nixon Park, Mason OH – Features a one mile loop around the perimeter.  From here, you can run to Pine Lakes Park with its two miles of trails.
  • Devou Park, Covington KY – Routes can feature a nice view of downtown Cincinnati. Run Rotary Grove for some off road running. Also has dirt trails for trail running.
  • East Fork Park, Bethel OH – Nice getaway from the city for a run. Features miles of trails to get lost on. Run along the beach.
  • Eden Park – Park and run through Mt Adams or Walnut Hills. Try Seasongood Pavilion for hill training or see how many laps you can run around Mirror Lake in 12 minutes.
  • England-Idlewild Park, Burlington, KY – Features a walking path around the park and dirt trails to run.
  • French Park, Amberley Village OH – Features trails and the original site of the RCGC Cross Country Series.
  • Fernbank Park, Sayler Park OH  – Features a 1.2 mile blacktop path that runs along the river.  Also a flat one mile nature trail off the blacktop path to make a nice run. Current home of the Winter Wonderland Run.
  • George Rogers Clark Park, Covington KY – Park here and put together a scenic run through Cincinnati, Newport and Covington.
  • Glenwood Gardens, Woodlawn OH  – Beautiful and has nice trails. Pass required for entry.
  • Great Miami Bike Trail – Scenic trail that starts at Waterworks Park in Fairfield and goes for 80 miles to Piqua via Hamilton, Middletown and Dayton.
  • Hueston Woods,Oxford OH and nice getaway for a run.
  • Hyde Park Square – The club has a few routes from here that you can run. Off street parking available.
  • Joyce Park, Hamilton OH – Pick up the Great Miami Bike Trail  for a scenic run to Hamilton or to Waterworks Park.
  • Little Miami Scenic Trail – Longest scenic trail in OHIO.
  • Lower Millcrest Park, Norwood OH – One of the few places that offer cross country runs in the urban core. Current home of the RCGC Cross Country Series.
  • Lunken Airport Playfield – 5.5 mile loop around the airport and on top of the levee.  Features a 1.5 mile connector with Armleder Park. Shared with bikes and skates.
  • Miami Of Ohio, Oxford OH – A nice getaway for a run and pretty campus for a run.
  • Miami Whitewater Forest, Harrison OH – Run early and see the deer. Features an almost 8 mile paved path. Pass required for entry.
  • Mt. Airy Forest – Largest park in the Cincinnati Park System. Run anytime and see the deer.  Features several trails for running.  For an added challenge, try going up the stone steps. Try this route.
  • Mount Storm Park – Park here and run by the large historic houses in Clifton.  Try this route to UC and back.
  • Nisbet Park – Great place to park and pick up the Little Miami Scenic Bike Trail.
  • Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights KY – Park and run around the campus of NKU or try to find the NKU cross country course for off road running
  • Pioneer Park, Covington KY – Features a paved path for a decent run
  • Sawyer Point Park – Features a path that connects to Theodore Berry Park and Smale Riverfront Park.
  • Sharon Woods, Sharonville OH – Features a paved trail around a lake plus paths throughout for a good run. Pass required for entry with a car.
  • Smale Riverfront Park– Features a scenic riverwalk for a run that can take you to Sawyer Point Park and Theodore Berry Park.
  • Spring Grove Cemetery – 2nd Largest Cemetery in the US. Many 5k runs are held here.
  • Summit Park, Blue Ash OH – Paved and natural paths cut throughout the park and the site of many local races including the RCGC Turkey Burner Mile
  • Theodore Berry Park – Park here for free and run through Sawyer Point Park and Smale Riverfront Park and along the Ohio River.
  • Tower Park, Ft. Thomas KY – features a track. Park here and run through the town of Ft. Thomas or to Northern Kentucky University.   Stay in the Park and do either the trails, track, or road. Try this route.
  • University of Cincinnati – run through the main campus and check out the architecture or run around the campus.
  • Valley View Nature Preserve, Milford OH – Come here and run to avoid the hills and concrete.
  • Voice of America Park, West Chester OH – Features nine miles of paved and natural trails.  Fee required for entry for non-Butler County Residents.
  • Washington Park – Nice place to start for a run through Over-the-Rhine or run the streets around the park for a decent run.
  • Waterworks Park, Fairfield OH- Park here and run north on the Great Miami Bike Trail.
  • Winton Woods, Forest Park OH – Nice run around the lake. Pass required for entry with a car.
  • Woodland Mound Park, Anderson Township – Features a few nice running trails.
  • Xavier University –  Can run through the campus or run down Victory Parkway to Walnut Hills Cemetery and back for a nice run. Run over to nearby Lower Millcrest Park for off road running on the club’s cross country course.