Minneapolis Running Routes Guide Book, Runner Maps, Walking Trails

Minneapolis Running Routes and Walking Routes

Fun on Foot in America's CitiesHere are some recommended running or walking routes from the top runner travel guide book Fun on Foot in America’s Cities:

Mississippi West Bank

This Minneapolis running route scores high marks on all of the comfort, attractions, convenience, and destination criteria for running or walking routes. The route starts at Minnehaha Park, south of downtown on the Mississippi bank, and follows the river trail upstream to the most historic part of the city, Old Saint Anthony. There are very few traffic encounters and several interesting sights.

Downtown-Uptown Loop

Lake Harriet East TrailA loop route from Nicollet Mall downtown, near the Convention Center. See Loring Park, the city’s central park, the Sculpture Garden with its impressive outdoor creations, a classy Minneapolis residential neighborhood, and the scenic edge of one of the city’s most attractive lakes. You can also traverse Eat Street, a 17-block stretch of ethnic restaurants; either eat here or pick out a place to come back to in the evening.

Chain of Lakes

Chain of Lakes is probably the best-known catchphrase for Minneapolis walking and running. This city has many lakes and several of them are close enough to combine into nice on-foot routes. However, the heart of the Chain of Lakes is unquestionably the trio of: Lake of the Isles, Lake Calhoun, and Lake Harriet. Run or walk the trails around these lakes and finish in a popular shopping, restaurant, and bar area.

Minnehaha Creek and Lake Nokomis

Minneapolis Sculpture GardenThis is the most beautiful running or walking route on the Minneapolis menu from the natural environment perspective. You follow wide, treed parklands all the way. The route covers the south leg of the Grand Rounds: Minnehaha Creek; a loop of Lake Nokomis; and a finish in Minnehaha Park, with its various attractions and convenient Light Rail service back downtown.

Cedar and Wirth Lakes

Do a downtown-to-downtown loop on dedicated trails with amazingly few traffic encounters. This route is ideal for a city hotel dweller or city worker with a couple of hours to spare and a desire to escape from the hordes and the traffic. Some of the ideas might also be mixed with elements of our other running and walking routes to tailor something special.