Length: 5.4 km (3.4 miles), terrain hilly
Paris Running Routes:
Seine island of St. Louis, St. Paul, botanical garden
Left bank and Luxembourg Gardens
Paris' green heart: Bois de Boulogne
Canal St. Martin
Rock formations of Parc Chaumont
Seine loop with Champs Elysees and Eiffel Tower
Seine riverside run
Bois de Vincennes
For more running routes, see Route List
NOTE: This route partially overlaps with the Canal St. Martin route.
The (for tourists) little-known Parc des Buttes Chaumont is one of the recreational jewels of Paris. Located in the northeast part of town, it's one of the few bigger parks in the city, set in a dramatic landscape. The ex-quarry has massive cliffs and a big lake, and it's very steep, and beautiful from every angle. And better yet, it has 5 kilometers of really scenic trails.
Just make sure that you show up before nighttime: the park closes at night, at 11 pm in the summer and 9 pm in the winter.
|The square at Gare de l'Est|
|Canal St. Martin: run under the bridge, up the steps and then over the same bridge|
But after just 10 meters, at the zebra stripes, turn right to run into the entry between the apartment buildings on the right side, at the Quartier de la Grange-aux-belles sign. Running through the plaza between the apartments, you'll come out at the oval plaza, the Place du Colonel Fabien. Run straight across the oval, towards the street leading away on the other side, at the modern glass building with the white UFO parked on its lawn. This is Avenue Moreau.
|Way into the apartment plaza: Grange-aux-belles|
|Parc Chaumont lake|
|Belvedere de Sybil in Parc Chaumont|
|Parc Chaumont grotto with waterfalls|
When you get towards the southeast corner of the park, near the Rue Botzaris entrance, take the path that curves downwards to the left, into the valley below. At the bottom, take the path to the left to head around the lake at the bottom of the belvedere, near the outside edge of the park.
Once around the lake, the path heads uphill (again!) towards the entrance way.
Another plus for the park: it has free wifi. In the summer, the lawns are covered with people sitting there typing away with their laptops. Cool idea!
|Parc Chaumont lawn on a spring evening|
You'll definitely have to get back here again to explore the other corners of the park!