Even though we will not be all together in Mystic, it doesn’t mean you can’t go for a run in the beautiful Mystic community! Here are a couple of our favorite places to run in the area, compiled with a little help from some local friends that know them best!


JIM ROY – Groton Resident
Public Relations, Girls on the Run – South Eastern Connecticut
Chairman, John Kelley Memorial Fund

JEFF ANDERSON – Stonington Resident
Owner, Kelley’s Pace

AMBY BURFOOT – Groton Resident
Author, Speaker, Coach, Writer, and 1968 Boston Marathon Winner


Surface: Paved roads and sidewalks
Free Parking: On street, Pearl Street, Mystic, CT 06355
Overview: The most popular running destination in the entire Mystic region is River Road, and for good reason! Situated directly along the west side of the Mystic River, an out and back trip never gets old. Great views of tall ships, Mystic Seaport, downtown, and plenty of wildlife to take in, it looks great in every season of the year. Don’t forget to add a loop in around Downtown Mystic so you can check out all of the awesome shops and make a trip across the famous Mystic River Bascule Bridge. For those looking to end their run the same way 2x Olympian and 1957 Boston Marathon winner Johnny Kelley did, test your fitness with a steep sprint up to the top of the Clift Street (located off River Road)!


Surface: Paved roads and sidewalks
Free Parking: Olde Mistick Village, 27 Coogan Blvd, Mystic, CT 06355
Overview: Enjoy views along the east side of the Mystic River and take in some of the top attractions that draw millions each year to the region. Start and finish your run at the home of Kelley’s Pace running shop, Olde Mistick Village, run down and back along Greenmanville Road to the Mystic Seaport, before circling around Mystic Aquarium. For runners looking for hills and secluded country roads, take your journey along Jerry Browne Road, Mistuxet Avenue, and Pequotsepos Road, and enjoy some of the wooded beauty of the region and gorgeous stone walls. A trip along these streets will also take you through protected forests owned and maintained by the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center.


Surface: Paved roads and sidewalks
Free Parking: Stonington Point, 1 Water St, Stonington, CT 06378
Overview: Founded in 1649, Stonington Borough is a quaint, historic village just miles from downtown Mystic. Nestled on a mile-long peninsula that projects into Fisher’s Island Sound and Little Narragansett Bay affording stunning views. For more information about the area, CLICK HERE


Surface: Cinder, gravel, and paved trails
Free Parking: Haley Farm State Park, 24 Haley Farm Ln, Groton, CT 06340
Overview: Haley Farm State Park has been preserved as open space and is used for passive recreational purposes. Various bike and single track trails wind their way through this scenic old shoreline farm. Wheelchair accessible trails available. For more information about the park, CLICK HERE


Surface: Dirt and gravel trails
Free Parking: Bluff Point State Park, 55 Depot Rd, Groton, CT 06340
Overview: Bluff Point State Park and Coastal Reserve offers visitors a delightful mixture of wooded hiking and biking trails coupled with spectacular wildlife viewing on Long Island Sound. For more information about the park, CLICK HERE


Surface: Paved roads and sidewalks
Free Parking: Esker Point Beach, 900 Groton Long Point Rd, Groton, CT 06340
Overview: This charming peninsula community sticks out into Long Island Sound and a roughly 3 mile trip around the perimeter offers stunning views of the ocean around every turn. Be sure to give a wave to local resident and 1968 Boston Marathon Champion, Amby Burfoot if you see him out there running!
For more information about the area, CLICK HERE


Surface: Dirt and grass trails
Free Parking: Barn Island Wildlife Management South East Parking, located just off Stewart Road, Pawcatuck, CT 06379
Overview: The Barn Island Wildlife Management Area consists of more than 1000 acres of deciduous forest and tidal marshes, making it the largest coastal wildlife management area in the State of Connecticut. Home to at least 9 different avian species, it’s the perfect destination for any bird lover. For a detailed map of the trails, CLICK HERE