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Boston Run Trail



3.2 mile 5.2 kilometer point to point
97% Runnable


Ascent: 284' 86 m
Descent: -270' -82 m
High: 979' 299 m
Low: 885' 270 m


Avg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 15% (8°)


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Trail shared by Maggie Olson

Perfect for exploring the space around Happy Days Lodge, no matter your ability.

Maggie Olson

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Wildflowers · Wildlife


Park at the Happy Days Lodge and take in the forested (namely birches, beeches, oaks) Boston Run Trail. It crisscrosses the Cuyahoga River watershed for those with a moderate running skill level. Then make sure you find its easier sister trail, the Haskell Run Trail, which offers a pair of bridges, the Mater Dolorosa Cemetery, a wildly diverse array of wildflowers, and ramps. Please note that picking wildflowers and ramps is prohibited.

Boston Run offers a 3-plus mile outing of moderate effort. The trail is layered with beech, dogwood, low-lying meadows and creekbeds. There is plenty of wildlife to take in here, including smaller woodland creatures like squirrels, chipmunks, and all varieties of birds including woodpeckers. They're all a big reason why these trails tend to get busy. To that end, nothing is better than tackling these trails on a fair-weathered, early-weekend morning.

There's broad appeal to all levels of visitor here. Most of the trail is sure-footed; if you have good footwear and good weather, you're likely to linger on the trails to take in all the sights. Having Happy Days Lodge nearby means that trails and special events of all variety can be linked together.

Sightseers will love it too, though some portions of Boston Run might not be for folks with knee/hip or mobility issues. It's worth some reconnaissance before you bring non-runners along with you on this trail, just as a heads-up.

Flora & Fauna

Woodpeckers, squirrels, chipmunks, birds.

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Oct 5, 2019
Bill Stephens
6mi — 1h 14m
Jun 3, 2019
Ashley Reynolds
Fun run. Mild rolling hills but road noise wasn't enjoyable 3mi
May 22, 2017
Ashley Holt
Really nice, rolling, forest, Creek 3.5mi

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A runner enjoying the quiet of spring along Boston Run Trail. Photo by Sara Guren.
Apr 1, 2016 near Boston…, OH
Butterfly on a thistle
Apr 8, 2016 near Boston…, OH

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