Running in Baton Rouge

Runners, rejoice! Local and visiting runners love the ease of our courses as they are relatively flat and make for a great run. Plus, you really can't beat the scenery as you run along the Mighty Mississippi River, through historic oak-lined neighborhoods and along a cypress-dotted lake while taking in the eclectic culture of our city.


Best Baton Rouge Running Spots and Trails

The Mississippi River Levee Path

A 4.31-mile stretch of the levee bike path extends from the end of the downtown promenade just north of the I-10 Mississippi River Bridge and continues south past Skip Bertman Drive at LSU to Farr Park. The 15-foot-wide path includes separate lanes for bicycles and walkers/joggers as well as lighting, seating and water fountains. The bike path links to the existing one-mile riverfront promenade in Downtown Baton Rouge. A trailhead with parking is located under the Mississippi River Bridge near the start of the levee path and another is located at Skip Bertman Drive.

LSU Lakes / Milford Wampold Memorial Park

Run the loops around the University Lakes, beginning at Wampold Park. This 4.15-acre park on University Lake features a sand beach and handicapped-accessible pier, offering a unique spot for leisure recreation for the entire family. Recent improvements to the park include a new pedestrian bridge, exercise station, benches and water fountain. The park is an access point for the LSU Lakes, a popular destination for runners and bikers. 

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Annual Events


The Louisiana Marathon

Experience Baton Rouge's culture from start to finish at the Louisiana Marathon.

Running Clubs

Running Stores