The Best Outdoor Running Routes in New York City

The Best Outdoor Running Routes in New York City
The Best Outdoor Running Routes in New York City

Tired of slogging along on the treadmill? Break out of your running rut and try some of the best outdoor running routes in New York City. NYC may be known for its crazy traffic and busy streets, but it boasts many pedestrian-only paths that are perfect for a run. From the east and west side run paths, to trail running in the Bronx, check out four of my favorite outdoor running routes in New York City.

1. The Hudson River Greenway

Where: This path lines the Hudson and starts down by Battery City Park and stretches all the way to the Bronx, providing miles and miles of smooth running without traffic lights.

What makes it great: This is a straight pathway with beautiful views of the river. This path is open to cyclists, skateboards, runners, walkers and everything in between so while it might get crowded at some points, the sunset views and breeze off the water make it well worth it.

Distance:  For a four-mile run, start at 14th Street and end at 79th Street. For an even longer run, head all the way to the Bronx for an 8.5-mile run.

Hudson river greenway run new york city

2. The Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridge Run

Where: If you are coming from Brooklyn, start at the Brooklyn side entrance of the Brooklyn bridge, cross the bridge and take a right onto St. James Place. This will lead you to the entrance of the Manhattan Bridge. If you are starting in Manhattan, start at the Manhattan-side entrance of the Brooklyn bridge, take a left onto Prospect Street and then a left back onto the Manhattan Bridge.

What makes it great:  This run lets you conquer two boroughs within one run while enjoying the views of the East River.

Distance: Approximately 3.5 miles.

Brooklyn Manhattan bridge run new york city

3. Central Park Loop

Where: Find this running route in Central Park’s outer loop.

What makes it great: Home to the finish line of the New York City ING Marathon, this run involves a variety of terrain and elevation. You’ll find yourself conquering hills and catching your breath on the downhill slopes.

Distance: The outer loop is a nice 6-mile run. For a shorter 2 to 3-miler, pick an inner loop.

Central park outer loop run new york city

4. Premiere cross-country course in the Bronx

Where: The cross country running trail in Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx. These running trails are by the west side of the park, near 250st street and the Henry Hudson Parkway.

What makes it great: This fun trail tests even the most veteran runners. Cortlandt park is a haven for outdoor exercise. From golf, swimming, and even fitness stations, Cortlandt park boasts it all. Swing down to the Parade Ground Flats to use the fitness stations as well.

Distance: Longer loop – 5 miles; shorter loop – 3 miles.

Van cortlandt park run bronx new york city

Do you have a favorite outdoor running route in New York City? Share with me below!

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Author Bio

This article was written and reviewed by Alissa Rumsey, MS, RD, CSCS, a registered dietitian and Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor. She specializes in weight-inclusive care, intuitive eating, body image healing, mindfulness, self-compassion, and healing from chronic dieting, disordered eating, and eating disorders. Alissa holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition and Exercise Science, and a Master’s Degree in Health Communications, and is also an NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.

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Unapologetic Eating: Make Peace With Food and Transform Your Life. Alissa is
passionate about helping people reclaim the space to eat and live,

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