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Updated by Fusion 360 on Sep 09, 2014
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Best trail runs in the country

If you’re a person who loves running outside, you probably love a great new trail. If you’ve got all the right gear, the next step is to find the perfect environment for your exercise routine. Few things make a run better than having a new venue with fresh scenery. Whether you live on the East Coast or the West, there are plenty of trails accessible to the public that you can enjoy. In fact, Runner’s World has a plethora of beautiful and challenging trail runs in the United States listed on their website.

McKenzie River Trail

Located in Eugene, Ore., this trail has made it to the top of multiple lists of best trails runs in the country. It is 27 miles long and guides you through a forest, hot springs, blue pools and former lava fields. This trail is home to the McKenzie River Trail Run 50k race that is held in early September.

Ice Age National Scenic Trail

Open year round, this trail was once home to a gigantic glacier. The trail itself is over 1,200 miles long and traces the edge of the once-mammoth glacier.

The Dale Ball Trails

These looped single-track trails meander through the tree-covered foothills near Santa Fe, N.M.. For those who can’t get enough of running, the 6.3-mile Dale Ball Central trail has some steep hills and switchbacks.

Marin Headlands

National Geographic calls this a “maze of trails” in Calif. one of the best trail runs available in the nation. If you’ve got a water bottle, good shoes and any other necessary running gear, you’ll be prepared to take in the beauty of this trail.

The Appalachian Trail

No list of the best running trails would be quite complete without the Appalachian Trail. Spanning over 2,100 miles from Maine to Ga., this trail is a challenge for those dedicated to the sport of running. The current record from one end to the other is less than 48 days.

Poison Spider Mesa

If you love the red rocks of Moab, there are few ways to better enjoy them than taking a nice trail run. You’ll need more gear if you want to add a rock climb to your run, but you may be too tired after the 13-mile loop.

Double Oak Trail

Located in Pelham, Ala., this is a beautiful 17-mile loop which circumvents a large lake. If you bring your swimming gear, you could also enjoy a dip in the lake mid-run.

Berryman Trail

This 24-mile trail is a single-track path placed in the middle of the Mark Twain National Forest and it mercifully provides shady sections in the woody areas of the trail.




Sara Bezdjian writes for Mettis iTrainer. She is a writer at Fusion 360, an advertising agency in Utah. You can find her on Google+.

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