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Run Savannah’s historic Forsyth Park on this 1.8 mile figure-eight loop. Shady and scenic, this trail racks up level mileage with historic mansions, monuments and Savannah’s iconic Forsyth Park fountain as a beautiful run backdrop.

georgia hiking trails: 0-2 miles 1.8 miles
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? Your mileage may vary! Accuracy of your GPS device, weather conditions, and stops along your route will affect your own recorded distance.
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?Leashed dogs are allowed on this trail. We’ve loved hiking this route with our trail-loving Labrador Retrievers! Check out more of our favorite dog-friendly trails in Georgia for a great hike with your pup.

LOCATION:in Savannah, Georgia

PACK:our Osprey day pack and our hiking gear list

RATED:  4/5 (2 reviews)

It’s one of the most scenery-packed, beautiful and shaded urban trails in Georgia that we’ve had the pleasure of running. Forsyth Park makes a stunning backdrop to an enjoyable 1.8-mile run, or a great place to end a long run in Savannah’s historic district. The park’s geometric trail system runs straight and linear, with generously wide, tree-lined, paved pathways, making for a level, easy run. And for non-runners, it’s also a great trail for a leisurely stroll or dog walk in the city’s moss-draped historic park.

Forsyth Park Fountain: visit this iconic landmark in Savannah's historic district on a popular 1.8 mile running route

Forsyth Park sprawls 30 acres of green space and trails, framed by Park Avenue and Gaston, Drayton and Whitaker Streets. Flanked by grand, historic homes, the outer loop around the park is almost a perfect mile. This popular run adds some mileage by running the outer loop plus a figure eight through the park, and visits the historic Forsyth Park Fountain for some extra mid-run scenery.

Run Savannah's historic Forsyth Park on this 1.8 mile figure-eight loop. Shady and scenic, this trail racks up level mileage with historic mansions, monuments and Savannah's iconic Forsyth Park fountain as a beautiful run backdrop. #running #savannah #georgia #travel #outdoors #adventure

Forsyth Park: the run

The run starts at the intersection of Bull and Gaston streets (view maps and driving directions), running south into the park on a paved, wide, tree-lined trail. The run skirts the iconic, historical Forsyth Park Fountain at .3 mile, veering right on the circular path around the fountain before continuing southbound and circling the park’s towering Confederate Memorial.

Passing the Confederate Memorial, the run continues southbound, as tendrils of Spanish moss blow gently in the breeze overhead. The route explores the park’s southern end, where vast, green grassy meadows entice Savannah locals to gather for picnics, frisbee, soccer or outdoor relaxation in the sun.

Top places to hang out in Savannah, Georgia: the meadows at Forsyth Park in the city's historic district

Reaching Park Avenue, the run turns right on Park before hanging a right on Whitaker, tracing the park’s western edge and passing grand historic mansions. The route reaches Gaston Street, hanging a right before turning another right on Drayton Street, continuing to circle Forsyth Park’s outermost edge.

Explore Savannah's historic district bordering Forsyth Park in Georgia's romantic coastal city

Reaching Park Avenue, the run turns right, and then makes another right toward Bull Street. Doubling back through the park on the central trail, the route passes the park’s fountain a second time. Reaching the park’s northern edge, the run completes at 1.8 miles. Not winded yet, and craving some more miles? The park’s shady, scenic, tree-lined trail almost begs for another loop (or two!) to add some additional mileage.

Post-run in Forsyth Park

After the run, grab a post-run rest on the many benches throughout the park to relax or people-watch, or grab some refreshment from the Forsyth Park Cafe at East Hall and Drayton. And on Saturdays, catch the Forsyth Farmers’ Market from 9am to 1pm for a post-run refreshment or to stock up on local Savannah produce, dairy, or a sweet after-run snack.



More top outdoor adventures near Savannah, GA

Explore Georgia’s coastal beauty at the nearby Skidaway Island State Park, following sandy paths through salt flats, coastal forest draped in Spanish moss, Civil War earthworks and outstanding over-the water sunsets. Visit the ultra-scenic Oak Avenue at Wormsloe Historic Site, where 400 moss-draped oak trees line the route to the ruins of a historic tabby plantation house. And check out more of our favorite outdoor adventures near this beautiful, historic city in our Savannah running and hiking guide.


 
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Please Remember

Always leave no trace, pack out everything you pack in, and if you see trash, pick it up and pack it out.

Stay on the marked trail, tell someone where you're going, pack safety and wayfinding essentials, and don't rely on a mobile phone to find your way. Please always practice good trail etiquette. And before you go, always check the trailhead kiosk, official maps, and the park or ranger office for notices of changed routes, trail closures, safety information, and restrictions.

Forsyth Park running trail in Savannah Map, Directions & Details

This map shows our approximate route while exploring this trail, but does not replace an official trail map. Please refer to the official trail map for the most current and accurate route.

Trail Rating

RATED:  4/5 (2 reviews)

Updates

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Driving Directions



Parking

Garage and street parking is available throughout Savannah's historic downtown.


GPS Coordinates

32.070235, -81.095241     //     N32 4.214, W81 5.714

Elevation Profile

Forsyth Park running trail in Savannah, Georgia: Elevation Profile
 
Eric Champlin
Author

Eric Champlin is a creative director and photographer who loves to explore southeast. He's the co-owner of Trailful Outdoor Co, a locally-owned hiking outfitter shop in Hiawassee in the Georgia mountains near the Appalachian Trail. He’s also the co-founder of Atlanta Trails and Asheville Trails, digital magazines that highlight the South’s best outdoor adventures. His mission? To inspire others to get fit outdoors and explore the South’s incredible scenic beauty.