United States

Westchester County, NY

The Best Places to Run From Yonkers to Yorktown, including Nyack. See Also Our Hudson Valley Running Guide

This is our guide to running in Westchester County, a series of  communities situated in the Hudson Valley north of New York City. The area stretches from Yonkers, just north of the Bronx, to Yorktown, and from the Hudson River east to Long Island Sound. The overview map shows the routes organized from south to north. The area is well served by train, making for some great destination run opportunities for New Yorkers. One unfortunate thing is that the best views of the Hudson River tend to be from the train, which runs right along the water! Some of the best places to run in Westchester County, organized by theme:

South/North County Trailway. Paved multi-use path runs the length of Westchester County and is a great connector to other routes.
Long Island Sound
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Some nice routes from Pelham Bay to Larchmont.
Hudson River: Run the Mario Cuomo Bridge! Nice waterfront routes in Nyack, Tarrytown, Dobbs Ferry, and Georges Island to Verplanck.
Estates: Rockefeller State Park/Rockwood Hall is among our favorite runs in Westchester.
Multi-Use Paths: In addition to the County Trailway, the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail has some beautiful sections. The Colonial Greenway is a 15-mile loop path connecting numerous parks and communities.
Trail Running. Something for every ability in Saxon Woods Park, Rockefeller SP, Hart’s Brook Park, Irvington Woods. More extensive options in Teatown Lake Reservation and Wards Pound Reservation.
Residential Neighborhoods. Some of the best for running are waterfront sections of Pelham & New Rochelle, pretty streets in Larchmont, Scarsdale.
Routes near Train Stations: South County Trailway & Old Croton Aqueduct (242nd St. Metro, Bronx); Tarrytown (several routes); Hart’s Brook Preserve (Hartsdale); Old Croton Trailway SP (Dobbs Ferry); Five Islands Park (Larchmont).

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Some of our favorite runs in Westchester County, NY

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South County Trailway

Westchester County, NY

The southern section of the ~35 mile paved multi-use path that runs the length of Westchester County. It's ~14.5 miles between the New York City Line and Eastview. Access to numerous parks & other routes. Follows the Saw Mill Parkway for most of its length.
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North County Trailway

Westchester County, NY

The northern section of the ~35 mile paved multi-use path that runs the length of Westchester County. It's ~21 miles between Eastview and Baldwin Place. Access to numerous parks & other routes. More bucolic in the northern 12 miles from Millwood.
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Old Croton Aqueduct Trail

Westchester County, NY

Follows a historic aqueduct for 20+ miles from Yonkers to Croton Dam. Mainly unpaved trail is a mix, winding through woods, towns, and historic sites. The southern section is most seamless, and the northern section has a few on-road connector sections.
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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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Ward Pound Reservation

Westchester County, NY

This 4,315-acre preserve is Westchester County's largest park. There are 35 miles of trails, mainly wooded, but there are also some open sections with meadows, and several scenic overlooks. Trail map shows several blazed, color-coded loop options. Some hills!
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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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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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The weather is similar to the greater New York area, with some moderating temperatures near the coast and slightly more snow inland and toward the north where there’s greater elevation.

RUNNING STORES

Three terrific running-centric stores in the Hudson Valley, in addition  to numerous other stores that sell running gear:

Westchester Road Runner. In downtown White Plains since 1980.

Bronxville Running Company. A Jackrabbit outlet.

Jackrabbit Rye.

RUNNING GROUPS/GROUP RUNS. Good overview

Westchester Track Club. Pretty serious group, numerous practices and training programs.

Taconic Road Runners. Great group, lots of events. Group runs: Tuesday speed trail workouts and Saturday long runs in Yorktown Heights.

NewRo Runners. Group Runs: Saturday and Sunday mornings 8am, various places.

Rivertown Runners.  Group Runs: Saturday and Sunday 8am at the Sleepy Hollow High School. Tuesday & Thursday mornings at the Sleepy Hollow High School Track. Thursday evenings; Thursdays, 6:30pm, JP Doyle’s in Sleepy Hollow.

Van Cortlandt Track Club. Bronx-based group with a very active group run & event schedule. Group run schedule