Running in Savannah, GA

Walking all over Savannah

Touring Savannah

Mike and I really enjoying running in new cities, as a way to both see sights and get in exercise. We visited Savannah, GA for four days in between Christmas and New Year’s – just about a 5 hour drive from our new home, Raleigh, NC. Our first day, we walked all over the city, which is actually fairly compact. Waking up the next day, my legs felt a little sore from being on them so much the previous day, that I wasn’t that enthused to go for a run on day two in Savannah. But after indulging during the holidays, I knew I’d feel better after a short run.
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Forsyth Park

Forsyth Park

We Googled local running routes but found most of them to be in parks that we’d have to drive to, so we decided to run up to Forsyth Park which we had visited the day before. A 1.03 paved sidewalk circles the city park with the famous European-inspired fountain so we ran two loops around the “track”. The houses lining the park perimeter are beautiful to look at, making the not-so-exciting perimeter run more interesting and fly by. We ran the loop twice, noticing other runners doing the same thing. Some portions of the perimeter path run beneath Savannah’s gorgeous trees covered with Spanish Moss; these trees also offer ample shade, which was appreciated for the surprisingly warm December morning!photo 1-8

We were only up to about 2.5 miles after the Forsyth Park loop, so we meandered back to our hotel via Abercorn Street. I was glad I brought my water bottle since I always feel slightly dehydrated on vacations and because it was very humid out. The night before, we heard about the very-haunted 432 Abercorn Street house so stopped to get a photo (no orbs). Many of the sidewalks in Savannah are cobblestone style, making running a bit tricky and definitely slowing down our pace. When we headed down a ramp towards the river, we were literally running (more like walking) on old ballast stones.

Haunted 432 Abercorn

Haunted 432 Abercorn

The path along the river, though short, is beautiful, flat, wide and smooth. We began at the Marriott hotel at the eastern side and ran back towards our hotel on the western side. There are some areas where the path does end (not sure why it’s not continuous) and you either have to run through a parking lot or cross the ballast stone street and recross again when the path begins again. We were close to hitting 5 miles so kept running to check out a brewery nearby. We had planned on walking to the brewery later that day but wanted to check out the area first. Good thing we did since we found out the brewery is unfortunately closed Sundays and Mondays! We looped back to our hotel via Bay Street, which I would not recommend for running. Paralleling a busy road, the Bay Street sidewalk randomly disappears at spots and is usually crowded with tourists.

To get in a longer run on a surface more conducive to running, I’d suggest heading to one of the recommended parks outside of the historic district (found doing a quick “running in Savannah” Google search). Since Savannah’s historic district is pretty compact and comprised of some cobblestone sidewalks and uneven sidewalks from tree roots, it’s a bit tricky to get in a long run at a normal pace. However, a casual run on the shorter side through all the beautiful squares is definitely doable and recommended. Screen Shot 2015-01-06 at 11.42.28 AM

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