United States

Newark/Hoboken/Jersey City, NJ

A Comprehensive Guide to the Best Places to Run in Newark, Hoboken, and Jersey City

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.

Note that we have extensive coverage of running in the greater New York area, including Manhattan and all the boroughs.

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Hoboken Waterfront

Newark/Hoboken/Jersey City, NJ

Fantastic, festive waterfront path with great views of the Hudson River and Manhattan skyline. It's nearly 6 miles from Pier A park north, through Weehawken, to Guttenberg. The path links several parks, with fun extra jaunts out to piers.
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Liberty State Park

Newark/Hoboken/Jersey City, NJ

One of our favorite runs in New Jersey. Miles of waterside paths and promenades line this green space, with great views of the Manhattan skyline, the Statue of Liberty, and Ellis Island. Our 6.4 mile loop features all the park's highlights.
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Hoboken Waterfront

Newark/Hoboken/Jersey City, NJ

Fantastic, festive waterfront path with great views of the Hudson River and Manhattan skyline. It's nearly 6 miles from Pier A park north, through Weehawken, to Guttenberg. The path links several parks, with fun extra jaunts out to piers.
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Liberty State Park

Newark/Hoboken/Jersey City, NJ

One of our favorite runs in New Jersey. Miles of waterside paths and promenades line this green space, with great views of the Manhattan skyline, the Statue of Liberty, and Ellis Island. Our 6.4 mile loop features all the park's highlights.
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The weather in this area is similar to that of New York City. Summers from June to August are typically warm to hot with some periods of high, uncomfortable humidity. Temperatures average in the 80s in summer. Winters are cold and damp, with average January highs in the 30s (4C) and lows dipping below freezing. Surface conditions can get icy but don’t stay that way for long. The are averages about 25 inches of snowfall. Spring is unpredictable but autumn is gorgeous and lingers well into November. Humidity is a factor, especially in summer.

 

STORES

There are two running-centric stores in the area, both in central Hoboken:

Jackrabbit, on Washington St. and right down the street a Fleet Feet store.

GROUP RUNS

Jackrabbit has group runs Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7pm and Saturdays at 8am.

Fleet Feet Hoboken offers group runs numerous group running events throughout the week. Calendar

The Hoboken Elysianettes is a wonderful women’s running club that has numerous weekly group running events. Calendar

The Hoboken Harriers is an active running group with several weekly group running events.

Calendar of local running events from the Hoboken Elysianettes.

The Hoha Harriers runs a popular 5-mile race the Saturday of Mother’s Day weekend in May.