POSTED Tue. Nov 5, 2013

New Orleans' best jogging spots

Adam Karlin
Written by ADAM KARLIN

We do a couple of things really well in New Orleans, and among them are: eating, drinking, more eating and dancing. Now: of all of the above activities, there is only one that actually burn calories (the act of lifting an old-fashioned to your lips decidedly does not county). So go for a jog. It’s not the first activity folks associate with New Orleans, but whatever: this city is great for a run. It’s flat, there are tons of great neighborhoods with historic homes to huff by, the river provides a breeze (which, OK, sometimes smells like raw sewage) and you can always balance out the good physical karma of your run by ducking into a bar.

1 Mississippi Levee Trail (Riverbend Levee)

Watch the Mississippi meander past and give yourself a break for beer and oysters at Cooter Brown’s (kidding, but you could). Just keep in mind this is primarily a biking trail. Carrollton and St Charles are a good place to access.

2 City Park

It’s the city’s largest green space, and it’s wonderful, and there is Spanish Moss and the Museum of Art on hand to distract you. Need we say more?

3 Bayou St John

Breezes from the bayou freshen this run, which is close to City Park and meanders past some of the city’s prettiest houses.

4 St Charles Avenue

Probably the most popular jog in the city: under live oaks and next to an atmospheric streetcar, plus half the student body of Tulane and Loyola.

5 Audubon Park

Everything that is nice about the St Charles Ave run, but minus the traffic and occasional honking. Plus, you can detour to the zoo, or fine shopping and dining (and, perhaps, just saying, a few bars) if you head to Magazine St.


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