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Best Trail Races In the Northeast: Most Scenic

The idea of ranking events based on scenic value is a bit ridiculous. There’s so much subjectivity to one’s connection with and experience of place. From dense old growth forests, to exposed and technical mountain pitches, creek crossings and waterfall passings, to sweeping panoramas. So, take this with a grain of subjective salt.

For those arriving directly here, check out our lineup of the Toughest Trail Races in the Northeast across distances. We also have related articles on Toughest, Historic, Flat & Fast, and others to come. For now, let’s dig in to some of the most beautiful trail races in the Northeast broken out by State.

Connecticut

Macedonia

Kent, CT
September
12k, 25k, 50k

Nipmuck Trail Marathon

Ashford, CT
October
26.4 miles

Traprock

Bloomfield, CT
April
17k, 50k

Delaware

Angela Ivory

Felton, DE
January
50k

Bear Trail

Bear, DE
October
10k, Half Marathon

Trap Pond

Laurel, DE
October
10k, Half Marathon, Marathon, 50k

Massachusetts

Seven Sisters

Amherst, MA
May
10.5 Miles

Mt. Greylock

Adams, MA
June
5k, Half Marathon

Chesterfield Gorge

West Chesterfield, MA
May
25k, 50k, 50M, 100k, 100M

Maine

Bold Coast Bash

Cutler, ME
November
10 / 20 / 30 Mile

Mahoosuc Ridge To The River

Newry, ME
September
10k / Half Marathon / Marathon

Megunticook

Camden, ME
September
10k, 50k

Maryland

Patapsco Valley 50k

Baltimore, MD
October
50k

The Vertical Playground

Frederick, MD
April
6H / 14H

New Hampshire

Chocorua Mountain Race

Tamworth, NH
June
Half Marathon

Kismet Cliff Run

Conway, NH
September
5M, Half Marathon

Loon Mountain Race

Lincoln, NH
July
6.6 Miles

New Jersey

Batona Trail Races

Ong’s Hat, NJ
October
33M, 55M

Iron Mines

West Milford, NJ
May
25k, 50k

Wildcat Ridge Romp

Rockaway, NJ
August
10M, 20M, 50k, 50M, 100K

New York

Cayuga Trails

Ithaca, NY
May
50k, 50 Mile

Manitou’s Revenge

Phoenicia, NY
June
54 Miles

Many on the Genny

Castile, NY
June
40 Miles

Pennsylvania

Eastern States

Waterville, PA
August
102 Miles

Laurel Highlands

Ohiopyle, PA
June
50k, 67 Miles

World’s End Ultra

Forksville, PA
June
50k, 100k

Rhode Island

Boldr Dash

Exeter, RI
April, June, October
3 / 5 / 8 Mile

Block Island Shad Bloom

New Shoreham, RI
May
10k

Grills Trail Race

Bradford, RI
October
10k, 10 Mile

Virginia

Grayson Highlands

Mouth of Wilson, VA
May
11 Miles, 28 Miles, 45 Miles

Grindstone 100

Swoope, VA
September
97 Miles

Promise Land 50k

Bedford, VA
April
34 Miles

Vermont

Mozo Double Up

Stowe, VT
July
10.4 Miles

Groton Forest Trail Marathon

Groton, VT
September
26.3 Miles

Vermont 100

West Windsor, VT
July
61.5 / 98.8 Miles

West Virginia

Highlands Sky

Davis, WV
June
40 Miles

Sticks and Stones

Babcock State Park, WV
October
15k

West Virginia Trilogy

Circleville, WV
October
Half Marathon, 50k, 50 Mile

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