Not only is this one of our favorite runs in New Jersey, it’s also a destination run for those visiting New York. Miles of waterside paths and promenades line this green space, with great views of the Manhattan skyline, the Statue of Liberty, and Ellis Island. The park features the historic Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal at its north end, a Science Center, Interpretive Center, 2-mile Liberty Walk Promenade, “Empty Sky” 9/11 Memorial, and a par course along Freedom Way. See the attached map for more info. There’s a ferry from Lower Manhattan to Liberty Landing.
You can create your own route along the miles of paths and promenades in the park. We’ve mapped a 6.4 mile ‘Perimeter Tour’, starting at a parking lot off Morris Pesin Dr. Follow the paved Hudson River Waterfront Walkway toward the water. Great views! After about 1 mile, reach the South Lawn/Liberation Monument. Then head north along the walkway. It’s 1 mile to the Ellis Island Bridge (not open to the public), and another 0.8 miles to the Empty Sky Memorial. Head west along the Morris Canal Basin for another mile or so, toward the Science Center. For the return, you can retrace your steps along the water, or follow the paths heading back toward the water and then south paralleling Freedom Way.
Add-On: From the start/end point, there’s a nice path to Caven Point for another 1.3 miles.
- 6.4 mile loop. Can be modified, or create your own. Also 1.3 mile option to Caven Point
- Parking lot off Morris Pesin Dr. There are other parking spots too
- Car access & parking; Ferry from Lower Manhattan at Liberty Landing; Light Rail stop near the Science Center