Calendar of the 2024 National Park Half Marathons

There are 423 National Parks in the United States. That’s quite a lot of National Parks for one human to visit in a lifetime. Even if you tried to visit five national parks per year, it would still take you over 80 years to visit them all. But here’s great news for you – the most spectacular National Parks in the United States are complemented with some of the most spectacular national park half marathons. This way, you can cross off two items of your bucket list for next year by combining running and travel!

I wish all of my 2023 bucket list items worked that way but, unfortunately, my parents declined my invitation for their annual holiday visit to coincide with a freefall out of a plane.

These are the National Park half marathons you can run in 2024.

If you like the idea of running in a national park, you’re going to love the opportunity to run in the most beautiful places on earth.

1. The Great Smoky Mountains (14.1M Visitors)

Photo by Ivana Cajina on Unsplash

2. Zion National Park (5M Visitors)

Photo by Jamie Hagan on Unsplash

3. Yellowstone National Park (4.9M Visitors)

Photo by Steven Cordes on Unsplash

4. Grand Canyon National Park (4.5M Visitors)

5. Rocky Mountain National Park (4.4M Visitors)

Photo by Hunter James on Unsplash

6. Acadia National Park (4.1M Visitors)

Photo by James Coffman on Unsplash

7. Grand Teton National Park (3.9M Visitors)

Photo by Cora Leach on Unsplash

8. Yosemite National Park (3.9M Visitors)

9. Indiana Dunes National Park (3.2M Visitors)

Photo by Madison Oren on Unsplash

10. Glacier National Park (3.1M Visitors)

Photo by David Morris on Unsplash

11. Joshua Tree National Park (3.1M Visitors)

Photo by Cedric Letsch on Unsplash

12. Cuyahoga Valley National Park (2.5M Visitors)

13. Hot Springs National Park (2.2M Visitors)

14. Bryce Canyon National Park (2.1M Visitors)

Photo by Tim Golder on Unsplash

15. Mount Rainier National Park (1.6M Visitors)

Photo by Andy Li on Unsplash

16. Shenandoah National Park (1.6M Visitors)

Photo by Andrew Neel on Unsplash

17. New River Gorge National Park (1.5M Visitors)

Where: Fayetteville, WV
The Half Marathon: New River Gorge Trail Festival
When: June 22, 2023
Registration: Link

18. Gateway Arch National Park (1.1M Visitors)

19. Death Valley National Park (1.1M Visitors)

Photo by Pietro De Grandi on Unsplash

20. Saguaro National Park (1M Visitors)

Photo by Dylan Sauerwein on Unsplash

21. Everglades National Park (950K Visitors)

22. Canyonlands National Park (900K Visitors)

Photo by Dann Petty on Unsplash

23. Redwood National Park (435K Visitors)

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