Burke-Gilman Trail

Price: FREE

Hours: Daily – 24/7

One of Seattle’s most popular running or biking routes, theBurke-Gilman Trail is a 27-mile long marked urban trail that stretches betweenKenmore and Gas Works Park. From the Puget Sound, past Lake Union, and alongLake Washington, this trail takes you through many quiet neighborhoods, passesthe Brooks Running headquarters, and hugs the shorelines of various bodies ofwater. Most of this trail is flat, and even some parts have a dirt pathalongside the asphalt trail.

Kenmore to Gasworks Park – Seattle, WA 98104

(206) 684-7583


Discovery Park

Price: FREE

Hours: Daily – 6:00am-11:00pm

A former military base and now Seattle’s largest publicpark, Discovery Park is located in the Magnolia area of Seattle. In its 534acres of woods, meadows and beaches, there are almost 12 miles of trails inwooded and open areas, featuring views of the Puget Sound and the OlympicMountains. At one of the main beaches you can even walk along a beach and seean old lighthouse! This park is home to a diversity of wildlife and manyspecies of birds. This park really is a treasure for those living in Seattleand wanting to escape the noise and hustle and bustle of the city.

3801 Discovery Park Blvd. Seattle, WA 98199

(206) 386-4236


Green Lake

Price: FREE

Hours: Daily – 24/7

Located in North Seattle along Aurora Avenue, Green Lake isone of Seattle’s most popular recreational parks and features a 2.8-mile trailthat completely encircles the lake and follows its shore. Connecting easily tothe Burke-Gilman trail, and in close proximity to the Woodland Park, and WoodlandPark Zoo, it is an excellent location for the hundreds of runners that visitdaily. With plenty of parking close-by, and beautiful fields, this park becomesvery full in the summer or on sunny days with runners, walkers, bicyclists,picnickers, and those there to sunbathe or play a variety of sports.

7201 E. Greenlake Dr. North Seattle, WA 98115

(206) 684-4075


Washington Park Arboretum

Price: FREE

Hours: Daily – dawn to dusk

Located near University of Washington, and situated on LakeWashington’s shores, this 238-acre biological and horticultural paradise isfilled with beautiful old forests, gardens, and wetlands and contains manytrails and boardwalks. Along with an extensive variety of rare trees and plantsthis park is also home to much wildlife. East of Capitol Hill, this park iseasily accessible, as it connects to the Lake Washington shore trail, and liesnear to the Burke-Gilman trail.

2300 Arboretum Dr. East Seattle, WA 98112

(206) 543-8800


Lake Union

Price: FREE

Hours: Daily – 24/7

For those who prefer more urban scenery during a run, thisalmost exactly 10K route provides a variety of beautiful views of the wateractivity on Lake Union, the Seattle skyline, as well as the Olympic Mountainsto the east, and Mount Rainier to the southeast. 

Location: North of downtown, South of Fremont

Lake Union Park – 860 Terry Ave. N. Seattle, WA 98109

(206) 684-4075

10 Additional Parks to Check Out!

·     Golden Gardens

·     Seward Park

·     Volunteer Park

·     Olympic Sculpture Park

·     Lincoln Park

·     Carkeek Park

·     Alki beach trail

·     Seattle Waterfront

·     Myrtle Edwards Park

·     Ravenna Park