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Updated by Fusion 360 on Oct 06, 2014
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Top 8 Running Spots in the US

The United States is a sizeable land mass. With size comes varying topography. And with that topography comes attractive trails that allow for an awesome running experience. Listed below are some of the best trails available to runners in the US.

Snow Canyon Park (St. George, Utah)

Utah is home to a large number of world-renowned national parks. However, one of the lesser-known parks, Snow Canyon, has some prime running spots. There are both paved and dirt trails available to runners. Additionally, Snow Canyon’s red rocks and high desert flora makes this spot a visual feast.

Kalalau Trail (Kauai, Hawaii)

If you’re looking for run that has waterfalls, white sand beaches and tropical forests, Kalalau Trail is what you seek. RunnersWorld.com reports on its website that the trail, located in Kauai, runs 11 miles from Ha’ena State Park to Kalalua beach. It would be difficult to get bored while training on this run.

Poison Spider Mesa (Moab, Utah)

Another popular trail, located once again in Utah, is the Poison Spider Mesa trail. This area’s rocky terrain attracts jeep crawling enthusiasts, mountain bikers and runners alike.

Ice Age National Scenic Trail (LaGrange, Wisconsin)

Active.com reports that Ice Age National Scenic Trail is home to a huge number of geological features including glaciers, ponds, marshes and prairies. Training with a glacier in the background facilitates an epic experience for runners.

Palmer Park (Colorado Springs, Colorado)

Palmer Park, found on the outskirts of Colorado Springs, offers scenic running trails ranging from beginner level to expert level. TheClymb.com reports that the area’s scenery is ripe with yucca cacti and sandstone bluffs.

McKenzie River Trail (Eugene, Oregon)

Host to an annual 50k race and a lush dream-like forest, the McKenzie River Trail is a favored training spot among runners. TheClymb.com reports on its website that the trail is also hailed as on of the best mountain bike routes in North America.

Appalachian Trail (Springer Mountain, Georgia)

Remaining at the top spot on most runners’ trail list is the Appalachian Trail. Active.com reports that this massive 2,179 mile long trail spans over 14 states.

Alafia River State Park (Brandon, Florida)

Alafia River State Park, located on a now inactive strip mine, houses multi-loop trails accessible to both beginners and intermediate runners. RunnersWorld.com reports the topography of the trail includes ponds, streams, rock formations and swamps.

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Mitchell Reber is a writer for Mettis Trainer. He writes for Fusion 360, an advertising agency in Utah. Find him on Google+.

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