Thanksgiving is known for food, family and traditions. One of the more popular Thanksgiving traditions is slipping on your running shoes on the crisp fall morning of Thanksgiving, and trotting a 5k before gathering with family for the evening. Although running an official race in-person is not an option this year, that doesn’t mean your tradition has to end! You can create your own Turkey Trot using one of the many beautiful trails #OnTheCircuit. 

Whether you are looking to enjoy a quick walk, run a traditional 5k, or go the distance this year, there’s a trail for you! Check out a few of our suggested trails for you to trot your way to a well-earned Thanksgiving meal.

Quick Trips

Photo by Anya Saretzky

Struble Trail

If you only have time for a quick getaway before dinner, then the Struble Trail in Chester County is perfect for you. The paved, 2.6 mile Struble Trail is a well-used route that connects to several neighborhood trail systems and is popular with bike commuters, walkers, cross-country skiers, and even horseback riders.

Photo courtesy of Riverfront North Partnership

Delaware River Trail: Port Richmond and Bridesburg Trail

If you're looking for a run along the water, the Delaware River Trail is a great route. The Port Richmond to Bridgesburg section of the trail is a 2-mile segment in the River Wards section of Philadelphia. The trail is also a part of the larger East Coast Greenway.

Feel-good 5ks

Photo courtesy of the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford (TTF) Watershed Partnership

Tacony Creek Trail

The Tacony Creek Trail in Northeast Philadelphia is just the right length for your traditional 5k Turkey Trot. Extending 3.2 miles, this paved route follows the Tacony Creek and offers a nature-filled view! Need a cool down after your run? Stay and explore Tacony Creek Park. 

Photo by Thom Carroll

Cooper River Trail

Located within the 346-acre Cooper River Park, the 3.7-mile Cooper River Park Loop allows for easy exploration of this beautiful urban oasis in Pennsauken, N.J. The loop trail provides a paved surface for biking and walking.

Go the Distance

Photo by Thom Carroll

Delaware & Raritan Canal State Park Trail

If you want to overachieve this year and run a 10k or more on Thanksgiving morning, then the 69-mile Delaware & Raritan Canal State Park Trail is where you’ll want to go. The trail is sandwiched between two canal systems and provides an important wildlife corridor that offers shelter for 160 species of birds and other animals - including the bird of the day, the turkey!


These are just a few of our many trail options, so pick your favorite and enjoy it! Think about what you are thankful for as you explore the trails by yourself or with loved ones, just remember to maintain six-feet of distance from other trail users, bring a cloth face covering and #RecreateResponsibly. Happy Thanksgiving from the Circuit Trails!

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