There is some surprisingly good running in Newark, Hoboken, and Jersey City — but you do have to choose your spots. The running highlight in the area is the series of waterfront paths stretching for nearly 10 miles from Jersey City to Hoboken, and south to Guttenberg, feature great views of the Hudson River and the Manhattan skyline. One of our favorite runs in New Jersey is Liberty State Park, with miles of waterfront paths, and views to Ellis Island the Statue of Liberty. For greenery, the Olmsted-designed Branch Brook Park is a classic. For some history and architecture, see our ‘runseeing’ tour of Jersey City’s historical downtown. Slightly further afield, we recommend heading to nearby South Orange, which has gorgeous parks and historic residential neighborhoods. The best trail running nearby is the extensive South Mountain Reservation.
This area is well served by transport, with PATH trains and ferries to New York, train service, and light rail in Jersey City and Newark.
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