Explore the most popular trails near South Run with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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great scenery, loop is perfect for a nature walk

on Lake Mercer Park Loop

hiking
5 months ago

This is a great running trail! It’s perfect for the morning after a rain because it’s paved for most of it. Does go by some townhomes in one part, but overall it’s a nice way to spending a morning.

This is a nice easy flat trail, probably called moderate because of the length. Most of it is paved. Lots of people but very relaxed. Bicyclists too but not too crazy. Something odd on the first trail sign after leaving the Rec Center, there is a trail sign where North points down rather than up. That could lead you in the wrong direction, to Lake Mercer, which also has a loop trail but is much shorter.

My favorite trail to run in Springfield. Less crowded than Burke lake and mostly paved. I like to connect both lakes (11mi), or after running Mercer, take the path up to Burke then turn around and come back to the south run parking lot (7mi). Great way to get good miles with pretty views.. and it’s much flatter than running through neighborhoods! I even saw a bald eagle circling the lake last week and got to “chase” a fox during my last mile of the loop.

Map on the trail is upside down in some places but other than that an excellent running trail!

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