The Runner’s Guide to LaGrange

We’ve compiled tried and true road, paved and trail runs, hand-crafted by local runners. Pick your desired mileage and get moving!

Being on vacation doesn’t mean you have to put a pause on your fitness goals! For runners of all skill levels, LaGrange, Georgia offers a variety of routes to explore. We’ve compiled tried and true road, paved and trail runs, hand-crafted by local runners. Pick your desired mileage and get moving!

Many of the routes listed below utilize segments of The Thread, a 12-foot-wide paved walking trail that weaves through many of the wonderful neighborhoods and parks in LaGrange. The Thread has connected LaGrange in a new way, and has helped nourish a strong community of runners in the area. The Thread is an ongoing project with new sections being added every year with an end goal of over 29 miles of paved paths.

Granger Loop

The Granger Loop is perfect for enjoying the beauty of our lively town. Beginning at Granger Park, this .86 mile loop is located near the local high school. Due to its proximity to the school’s baseball and softball fields, track and tennis center, this area is a local hotspot for athletics. This loop, entirely on The Thread, has a few hidden gems of The Thread like art sculptures, boardwalks and water features. 

Parking is available on either end of the Granger Park track, or at the McCluskey Tennis Center.

Have A Need for Speed? The Granger track is a six-lane, well-marked track available for your speed workout.

The Thread, at Granger Park

What is a Granger?

The city of LaGrange was named after Revolutionary War Hero Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette and his wife’s estate in France. General Lafayette, whose statue is the centerpiece of LaGrange’s city square, was a French politician and general who greatly assisted the American forces in the American Revolution. While passing through our city, Lafayette claimed the west Georgia landscape reminded him of his wife’s estate in Paris.

The French translation for LaGrange is The Barn. Consequently, LaGrange High School’s students are the Grangers, meaning the farmers.

Hills & Dales Farm Loop

The Hills & Dales Farm Loop is perfect for runners looking to get a taste of both city and rural views. Beginning and ending in downtown LaGrange, this 10-mile loop winds through the heart of the city before breaking free into historic farm country. In this scenic segment, enjoy the tranquil views while also keeping an eye out for wildlife! Before returning downtown, you’ll also run through LaGrange’s historic Hillside neighborhood, which is rich in our city’s textile heritage.

Public parking for this loop is available at Southbend Park, or throughout downtown LaGrange.

Hills & Dales Farm Loop

Downtown Tour of Historic LaGrange

History buffs, welcome! This Downtown Tour of Historic LaGrange is an engaging way to close your exercise ring, and learn about our city’s early beginnings. This tour follows The Thread and is highlighted by historic homes and buildings that contributed to the evolution of LaGrange, Georgia. With 26 sites to explore on this roughly, four mile run you are certain to keep entertained.

Walking Tour Brochures are available at various downtown shops, or you can download a digital version.

Brew to Brewpub

Interested in an unconventional pub crawl? This is the run for you. This five mile out ‘n back hits two local breweries: Wild Leap and Beacon. Wild Leap prides itself on creating unique craft beverages of all varieties. With an expansive outdoor courtyard, tasting room and brewhouse, Wild Leap is a local favorite for live music, great beer and just the right amount of Wild. Beacon Brewing similarly offers indoor and outdoor seating, perfect for enjoying their excellent beer and Southern-infused Asian cuisine. Established in an old mill village, Beacon has brought livelihood back to the Historic Hillside area.

The Thread will carry you from Wild Leap to Beacon. Starting in the downtown district you will first run by Lafayette square. Then you will take on Panther way, a segment of The Thread by LaGrange College. Lastly, you will enter the Historic Hillside area where Beacon is located.


If you’re feeling peckish along this route, check out Beacon’s incredible menu, featuring a unique blend of Asian classics and Southern staples. If you’re out for a run on a Sunday morning, their brunch can’t be missed!


Mike Daniels Three Mile Out ‘n Back

Starting at the Mike Daniels Recreation Center, this three mile out ‘n back captures the serenity of small-town living. This route weaves through various centers for recreation. One of these centers is First Tee, a nonprofit that teaches children how to play golf. You will begin your run by passing youngsters practicing their swing. Next you’ll run by a scenic pond and wooded area, where native wildlife is abundant. Then as you hear the distant cheering of parents you will breach upon little league baseball and softball fields. Lastly you will swing around at Eastside Park, where there is bound to be a pickup basketball or football game taking place. 

Local Races and Running Events

Here is a list of annual races in LaGrange and surrounding areas to look out for!

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