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Derek Zoolan…, Real Estate Pro in Thousand Oaks, CA

Where should I live for good access to trail running?

Asked by Derek Zoolander, Thousand Oaks, CA Wed May 2, 2007

I'd like to be somewhere pretty close (either right next to, or a short drive away from) good running trails. Any suggestions?

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Dan, if you decide to move east to the Blue Ridge Mountains, check out Asheville. Just about anywhere you live in the Asheville area, you'll be next to or a short drive from excellent running trails. Here, we have millions of acres in state parks, national parks, state forests and national forests. We have the North Carolina Arboretum (with trails) and the Asheville area has numerous city parks, county parks and greenways offering trails for runners. Here's one article on Asheville's running trails from Running Times:

Best of luck to you.
2 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jul 1, 2011
Hi Dan:

There are great trails throughout Boulder County, If you prefer running in the mountains, I would suggest anywhere in the eastern part of Boulder City for foothills trails –– Mount Sanitas has some great trails, there also are some wonderful trails in the north part of the city near Dakota Ridge, Wonderland Lake and areas around Chautauqua. The link below from Boulder Open Space & Mountain Parks will give you a lot of information. But Boulder City is not the only place to look for great trails. You also can find many at the Boulder County website. Try this page:
And, of course, other cities in Boulder County have their own trails. Let me know if there is a specific Boulder County area that appeals to you and I will get you more info,

Kind regards,
Ron Rovtar
Prudential Real Estate of the Rockies
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2 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jun 27, 2011
Gosh, where CAN'T you access trail running in this great state?!?! I can't speak for all areas, however I live in Highlands Ranch (south of Denver) and we have amazing trails and open spaces. Particularly in BackCountry, there are exclusive trails that only those residents can access.

There are also great rails that run all along C-470. These trails link up to hundreds of others.

I think anywhere you go in Colorado, you will always be close to trail running and that is one of the things I love most about this beautiful place.

Feel free to call me anytime if you'd like to chat about any specific areas or grab a quick coffee when you get here!

Brooke Hengst
Your Castle Real Estate
(720) 988 5952
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1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Jul 11, 2011
Hello Dan,
If you want to run up a mountain, then the city of Boulder is where you want to be. Check out Baseline Road.

Longmont has some awesome trails, too. The city straddles two creeks. Plenty of wildlife use the nature areas - and just about all of town for that matter. Boulder has a few big cats you have to keep an eye on. And, a rare black bear wanders through the area once and a while. The wildlife is true for most of the Front Range.

I see red foxes in my Longmont neighborhood. Deer are all over the place. And, I hear that an occasional coyote finds a home near the cities.

As for some inspiration, nothing beats the sight of the Rockies to greet you when heading back from a run. This is the life.

Best - SuZ
1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed May 26, 2010
Ah, one of the many reasons I live in Denver--great trails, Everywhere!

If you are asking about mountain trail running that's going to be along the Foothills (think: Westside) and also in Southwestern Denver. Since Denver is bordered by the Rocky Mountain Range on the West you will find more challenging runs there.

I am a downtown person but, like you, a trail needs to be within walking distance. The downtown area is saturated with trails that run along Cherry Creek and South Platte River. Also, you can find some great park runs around City Park, Wash Park, Sloans Lake, Rocky Mountain Lake, Cheesman. I'm sure that doesn't narrow down the area for you but the good news is that is the norm around Denver--over 300 miles of recreational paths that span through the entire city. It's probably better to target a few areas that fit your lifestyle and ask about the specific trail running in those areas.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Sep 27, 2007
Runners love being near the Highline Canal trail. It is a dirt trail that begins in the southwest at Waterton Canyon and goes to the northeast in Green Valley Ranch, is that long enough??? :)
1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon May 21, 2007
Our entire city has trails running through it. My advice is find a home that you love, and then worry about the running trails. The suburbs are full of them, but at the same time, the mountains (and Red Rocks for that matter) are only a half an hour drive.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jul 28, 2011
On a related note, a new bike trail opens on Thursday.

PML of Longmont, CO
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jul 11, 2011
Check out the trails and open spaces Jefferson County has to offer. JeffCo is one the Metro areas largest counties, spanning from the western prairies well into the mountains. Some of Colorado’s most desirable and established communities are located in Jefferson County. If you were leaving Downtown Denver on a sunny Friday afternoon, you would be less than 10 minutes from Jefferson County and 15 minutes from being on nice trail, 20 minutes to a great trail.

Check out the link below
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Dec 18, 2007
There are so many trails in the Denver Metro area that u can live almost anywhere and get to the trails, Douglas count is very much trail friendly
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Sep 28, 2007
There are so many options in Denver within 20 minutes of any home - where do you start? If you want to be a stone's throw from some great trail heads, take a serious look at the West side of town and communities like Golden, home of the historic Coors Brewery. Morrison is a good option near to trails on Green Mountain and around Red Rocks - view the Trulia Real Estate Guide for Morrison to see where the borders are. Of course, Roxborough Park to the south + Evergreen and Genesee (search under Golden) to the west are also worth considering, but you need to factor in where you're working when you look at these options. Most important, once you find your home, make sure to check out!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri May 4, 2007
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