Fitness in Nature: Great Places to Run in Columbus, GA

Posted: April 21, 2015
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Fresh flowers are blooming and the breezes are blowing. Spring is here and there’s no better time to get up and be active. There’s something about the crisp, fresh spring air that makes you want to run and explore (if you don’t have allergies). There are plenty of places to get your blood pumping while taking in some beautiful scenery running in Columbus, GA. As an avid runner who loves this community, allow me to present my list of great places to run in Columbus, GA:

Columbus/ Phenix City Riverwalks (One of my personal Favorites)

The Riverwalk is a 15 mile paved trail that snugs right up to the Chattahoochee River. You can even take a slow scenic stroll through the historical pathways of the Columbus Riverwalk if you’d rather. No matter your pace, you are guaranteed to enjoy a great view the whole way. While the Phenix City Riverwalk does don’t expand as far as the Columbus side, it does offer some of the most beautiful views of the Chattahoochee River.  I incorporate both sides into may of my runs via the 14th St, 13th St & Dillingham Bridges.

Cooper Creek Park

4816 Milgen Rd, Columbus, GA 31907

Mon. – Thu. 8:00am – 9:00pm

Fri. – 8:00am – 8:00pm

Sat. – Sun. 8:00pm – 7:00pm

Cooper Creek Park is a great place to take the whole family for some daily exercise. After a relaxing run through the tree-covered nature trails you can have a picnic near the creek and feed the ducks waddling around on the property. Be sure not to trip over any of them on your run! They’re everywhere but they certainly make for good company around the park.

Flat Rock Park

6106 Warm Springs Rd, Columbus, GA 31909

Mon. – Fri. 11:00am – 7:00 pm

Sat. – Sun. CLOSED

This particular park has tons of secluded nature trails to make your way through. This is a great place to come if you’re looking to spend some time alone with your thoughts on a long peaceful run. Of course there may be some wildlife along the creeks to keep you company but they’re no bother at all.

Fall Line Trace

Runs from 14th Street pedestrian bridge in Uptown to Psalmond Road Recreation Center in Midland

Some road crossings through the trails are a little congested so be sure to take care at intersections. You can conveniently access this trail from park-and-ride lots as well as from where the trail intersects with METRA bus routes. The park holds 11 miles of trails that actually end up intersecting with the Chattahoochee Riverwalk which you could finish off on that trail if you’d prefer an even longer run. Fall Line Trace is a beautifully secluded trail in some parts while it has a nice view of the cityscape as well.


This is just a short list with some of the great places to run here in the Columbus, GA area. Come to town, look around and I’m sure you’ll discover your own tranquil running spots here soon enough. If you’re interested in learning about a few more places to get a great run, get in touch with me and I’ll let you in on some more of my favorite spots here in Columbus.