This out-and-back run takes you along the Lakeshore Trail, which ironically doesn’t get anywhere close to a lake. (Long story). It does however follow a nice creek, and has plenty of shade and zero traffic, with the exception of one road crossing. This is a popular family walking trail so if you want solitude, don’t expect to find it here. But if you prefer a simple, flat, and scenic route, then this may be your best bet.
What Makes It Great
The 2.6-mile asphalt trail has a yellow line for bi-directional travel and is open to both foot traffic and bikes. (And caravans of strollers). Most of the serious cyclists will avoid the trail and stick to the adjacent road, so it’s pretty safe to pop in the ear buds and lose yourself in your tunes.
The end of the trail has a water fountain just before the trail dips under an overpass and ends on the sidewalk. A full out-and-back totals 5.2 miles with almost no elevation. Sometimes you might get lucky and the facilities will be open at the soccer fields at the far end of the trail, but to be safe don’t count on any restrooms until you get back to the starting point.
Who is Going to Love It
Runners in the mood for a quick workout.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
You can find breakfast, lunch or dinner without leaving the parking lot. A Fresh Market there has great healthy prepared foods to go, and O’Henry’s is one of our favorite local coffee shops with a small menu. In Brookwood Mall you’ll find a Five Guys Burgers and Fries, ‘ritas and nouveau Mex at Cocina Superior, and fancy salads and great flatbreads at Brio.