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GoNOLA Recommends: 4 Top Places to Jog in New Orleans

Fall weather in New Orleans is perfect. It’s just cool enough to go outside without a coat, and it rarely rains (at least by New Orleans standards). This cool weather is a perfect opportunity for those who prefer to exercise outdoors, whether you’re just an avid runner or you are training for a marathon. Here are four great areas to jog in the city.

Audubon Park (Photo: Rebecca Todd)

Audubon Park Jogging Path

Scenic Audubon Park on the edge of the Garden District features a 1.8-mile jogging path that winds through oaks covered in Spanish Moss. The circular path wraps around a lagoon and the Audubon Clubhouse Cafe. The jogging area is accessible just across Magazine Street from Audubon Zoo, and there’s ample parking. Dogs, rollerblades and bicycles are all welcome from 5 a.m.-10 p.m.

City Park Tulips
City Park is filled with walking and jogging paths throughout its 1,300 acres (Photo: Paul Broussard)

City Park Paths

City Park, one of the largest urban parks in the U.S., has several miles of walking trails, including the paved 3/4-mile path that wraps around Big Lake. Couturie Forest offers 60 acres of trees and wildlife as well as trails to explore. The park is home to the oldest grove of mature Live Oaks in the world, some of which are estimated to be between 600 and 900 years old.

The Wisner Bike Path runs along picturesque Bayou St. John (Photo: Paul Broussard)

Wisner Bike Path

The Wisner Bike Path runs along Bayou St. John, beginning at Lafitte Street and North Jefferson Davis Parkway and continuing down Wisner Boulevard to Beauregard Avenue and Lakeshore Drive. The whole path is 4.7 miles and is wide enough for bikes and pedestrians. The stretch is long enough for someone training for a half marathon, and those training for the full 26.4 miles can run through City Park’s paths to up your mileage.

The New Orleans Lakefront is the perfect place for a scenic jog (Photo: Paul Broussard)

New Orleans Lakefront

The New Orleans Lakefront offers ample opportunity for joggers with several miles of levee as well as paved paths along Lake Ponchartrain. The Lakefront area spans roughly two miles, and there are plenty of places to rest — you can even sit on the steps above the water for a scenic break around sunset. Park across from Landry’s Seafood on Lakeshore Drive and run as far as your legs will take you.

Lafitte Greenway is a trail for both pedestrians and bicyclists (Photo: Rebecca Ratliff)

Lagniappe

Friends of Lafitte Corridor debuted the Lafitte Greenway in 2015. The new rails-to-trails green space includes a 12-foot-wide bike and jogging path in the heart of the city. The whole strip of the linear park is 2.6 miles, open to the public 24 hours a day.

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