Running Loops in Fairfield County
Six places to run in Fairfield County.
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3 Miles — Bell Island, Rowayton
One of the most scenic routes in Fairfield County, the running loop around Bell Island is a must. Start at the Rowayton Library and run South to Bell Island. There, you will see stunning views of the Sound from South Beach and the Greens Ledge Lighthouse. Continue East through Pine Point, where there are beautiful homes and historic residences apelnty. You will pass Bayley Beach to the South (and if you're there around 5 p.m. on a Sunday, you may be able to hear the music coming from the summer concert series!). Continue into the town of Rowayton, which hugs the Five Mile River. There is a wide sidewalk to run on, shops to see if you want to stop for a bit, and the Rowayton Market — which has a nice deck out back if you're looking for a spot to rest and recharge with a cold drink. As you leave town, you'll pass pretty Pinkney Park and catch a last glimpse of the river. From there, head up Wilson Ave back toward the library.
2 Miles — Southport Beach, Fairfield
Though this is not an actual "loop," it is one of the most scenic areas of Fairfield County — so it's no wonder you'll want to double back and run the route twice! Park at Southport Beach and begin running towards Beachside Ave. Not only are there stunning views of Long Island Sound, but some of Southport's most beautiful homes line the road as well. Just before Green Farms Academy, there is a view of Long Island Sound that just might make you run in place while you take it all in. Continue past Greens Farms Academy and take a slight right onto New Creek Road. Then, make a right onto Maple Lane. Run until you hit Increase Lane — this is one mile. Retrace your steps back to Southport Beach, and you've just run two miles!