Favorite Routes Lists

25 Best Runs in and Near New York City

This is a selection of some of our favorite runs within ~75 miles of New York City, including Manhattan, the Boroughs, northern New Jersey, the Jersey Shore, Princeton, Westchester County, the Hudson Valley, Long Island, and southern Connecticut. We expanded the radius to areas well-served by transport. Scroll down to see the routes. Some favorites by type of run:

  • Waterfront Paths. Hudson River Greenway, East River Greenway, Pelham Bay Park (Bronx); Atlantic City Boardwalk; Asbury Park boardwalk (Jersey Shore); Nyack; Tarrytown (Westchester County); Greenwich Point (Greenwich, CT)
  • Parks. Central Park (Manhattan), Prospect Park (Brooklyn), Cloves Park & Silver Lake Park (Staten Island); Mianus River Park (Stamford/Greenwich)
  • Multi-Use Paths. Hudson River Greenway; Bethpage Bikeway (LI); South County Trailway/North County Trailway (Westchester)
  • Trail Running. Van Cortlandt Park (Bronx); Staten Island Greenbelt; South Mountain Reservation (New Jersey); Connetquot River State Park Preserve (Oakdale, LI). Teatown Lake Reservation (Westchester); Mianus River Park (Stamford); Mohonk Preserve & Minnewaska State Park (Hudson Valley)
  • Views. Hunters Point, Queens; Hoboken, NJ (views of Manhattan Skyline); Walkway over the Hudson
  • Bridges. Brooklyn Two Bridges; Mario M. Cuomo Bridge (Westchester); Walkway over the Hudson (Poughkeepsie)
  • Estates. Rockefeller State Park (Westchester); Locust Grove Estate (Hudson Valley); Guggenheim Estate (Port Washington, LI)
  • Beaches for Running. Jones Beach/Long Beach (Long Island); Jersey Shore beaches
  • Beautiful Neighborhoods. South Orange (New Jersey); Stamford & Greenwich (CT); East Hampton (Hamptons); Princeton, NJ.
  • Easily Accessible by Transport. NYC Boroughs (nearly all routes); Hoboken Waterfront (NJ); Hempsted Lake Park (Long Island); Tarrytown (Westchester County); Croton-on-Hudson (Westchester County); Southampton, East Hampton (Hamptons); Princeton, NJ

East River Greenway

New York City – Manhattan

A car-free waterfront esplanade along Manhattan’s east side, from Battery Park in the south to 125th Street in north, with a 1.2 mile-long gap near the U.N. HQ. Some sections are spectacular, others a little more industrial and being improved.
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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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Jones Beach and Long Beach

Long Island, NY

Wonderful beach and boardwalk running. At Long Beach, a festive boardwalk runs for 2.2 miles along the beach. At Jones Beach, there are miles of running, including the Jones Boardwalk and two longer multi-use paths. Beach also runnable.
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Oyster Bay & Sagamore Hill

Long Island, NY

Oyster Bay is one of the prettiest spots on Long Island. For a lovely waterfront run, use W Shore Rd. to West Harbor Beach Memorial Park. Great views and a decent sidewalk. We also love running on Cove Neck Rd. to the Sagamore Hill National Historic Site.
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Jersey Shore Boardwalks

Jersey Shore, NJ

The Jersey Shore is famous for its boardwalks, and the longer ones are great for running. Great ocean views, people watching, and entertainment. Our favorites: Atlantic City, Wildwood, Avalon to Belmar, and Seaside. Might have to dodge the crowds in summer.
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Rockefeller State Park

Westchester County, NY

The 45 miles of carriage trails at Rockefeller State Park are one of the running highlights of Westchester County. Wide, paths made of crushed stone through gorgeous hardwood forests, landscaped gardens, fields lakes. Great views of the Hudson.
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Nyack Area

Hudson Valley, NY

Terrific waterfront running in this village just over the Cuomo Bridge. Highlight is trail at Nyack Beach State Park, which has great river views. There are also lake loops at nearby Rockland Lake and Congers Lake. You can also now run over the bridge to Tarrytown!
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