The Hudson River Greenway, on the west side of Manhattan, maintains fabulous esplanades for walking, cycling and running with beautiful views of the river and New Jersey skyline. It is also perfect for seeing gorgeous sunset whilst running. The pathway stretches from the Bronx in the north all the way down to Battery Park at the south peak of Lower Manhattan, going mostly through Riverside Park and Hudson River Park. Spectacular sections are heading south toward Lower Manhattan, with views of the river, the new Freedom Tower, and the Statue of Liberty; and heading north toward the George Washington Bridge. We have divided the Greenway into three sections. There are specific access points (crossings) for the Greenway — see the attached map. If you want to stay near the Greenway, try staying somewhere west of 8th St. BONUS: a good part of this path is well lit at night.Info on Greenway Full Waterside Greenway Map
TOTAL Distance from Battery Park to George Washington Bridge: 11-11.5 miles
1. Battery Park-West 59th Street. 5.2 miles (8.4 km) one-way. Hudson River Park, the second biggest park in NYC after Central Park, extends from Battery Park in the south to West 59th Street in the north. Hudson River Park offers fantastic points of interest, such as Statue of Liberty, Freedom Tower, Chelsea Piers and Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. It can be busy and crowded, with bikers, bladers, walkers, and strollers. There are public restrooms and seasonal water fountains available along the route. The most spectacular views are headed south toward Lower Manhattan, and then at the tip at Battery Park. For a longer run, you can go around the tip and then head north along the East River Greenway, with views to Brooklyn and the Brooklyn Bridge. NOTE: See map for access points. A good one is at W. 56th St.
2. West 59th-125th Street. 3.7 (6 km) miles one-way. Riverside Park, South located between West 59th Street and West 72nd Street is an extension of Riverside Park in to the north, mirroring its design. Riverside Park, in turn, stretches from West 72nd Street to 125th Street. This tends to be more tranquil, but greener than Hudson River Park. But it is perfect for a more peaceful run along the river with great views. Do this one way, or a loop of 7.4 miles running along the river one way and on the park pathways on the return. Loop here.
3. West 125th-George Washington Bridge. 2.6 miles (4.2 km) one-way. This is another lovely section, very popular with bikers as well. Heading north from 125th St. there are wonderful water views most of the way, and plenty of green. The route ends at the George Washington Bridge, around 180th St. Good access points at 181st. & 158th. Add-On: GW Bridge, Fort Tyron, Inwood Hill Park.
Or, add on the High Line Trail — one of the most unique runs in New York. It follows a historic freight line elevated above Manhattan’s West Side. Rather than let the rail line be demolished, locals opted to turn it into a public park. Today, the route reaches about 1.5 miles between Gansevoort Street and W 34th Street. It makes a great addition to the Hudson River Greenway. Note: on weekends, the trail currently operates on a reservations-only system. TRAIL INFO. TRAIL MAP.
- Total Distance from Battery Park to George Washington Bridge: 12.3 miles; See other segments for distances
- Fairly flat - a couuple of small hills
- Any point
- From 57th-George Washington Br., subway stops along Broadway, a few blocks east; Toward Lower Manhattan, good stop at 34th St., and then density of stops in Lower Manhattan