Westchester County, NY

Best Westchester Towns & Neighborhoods for Running

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Westchester County is filled with attractive towns that are lovely for running. Here are some of our favorite neighborhoods for running, featuring quiet, tree-lined streets and attractive homes. Create your own route with our guide.

Bronxville. Cute village only 15 miles from Manhattan. The windy residential streets east of the train station as far as Rt. 22 are lovely for running. Combine with the Bronx River Pathway, which heads north for 1.5 miles to Crestwood Park in Yonkers, then continues for another 3 miles to Scarsdale, paralleling the train line and the Bronx River Parkway.

Hastings-on-Hudson. This cute town on the Hudson River situated between Yonkers and Dobbs Ferry has some lovely running spots. Run the quiet, windy, leafy residential streets just east of the train station (Villard, Euclid), all the way to Hillside Park (hilly, forested paths). Combine with the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail, which heads north to Dobbs Ferry and south to Yonkers.

Scarsdale. One of Westchester County’s most affluent towns. There are two sections that are nice for running. From the Scarsdale train station, the streets have a village-y feel, with sidewalks. Especially nice east of Rt. 22 and north of the Vernon Hills Mall. The Murray Hill section (northern part of town) has the fanciest homes, with winding, tree-lined streets. Use Scarsdale High School and Public Library as an anchor. Can be combined with Hartsdale.

White Plains. One of Westchester County’s largest towns, it resembles a small city. The downtown has a mix of attractive and unattractive buildings, but most of the streets in the area have sidewalks and are runnable. The nicest section is heading east from downtown (use Main St.) toward Silver Lake, which has some nice fields. Another good option is the Bronx River Pathway, a paved multi-use path paralleling the Bronx River Parkway that runs from the Hartsdale train station for 5.3 miles north to Kensico Dam, connecting the White Plains, North White Plains, and Valhalla train stations. A good longer run is to use Fisher Ave./Walworth Ave., which is a several-mile straight shot headed south toward Scarsdale — do an out and back combining the Bronx River Pathway! At the eastern end of town, combine the running track at White Plains Middle School with the 1-mile White Plains Greenway. ROUTE MAP – Bronx River Pathway

Larchmont. Beautiful streets and homes spill down to a lovely waterfront section. Starting from the train station, make your way on the residential streets to the water to Larchmont Manor and some nice waterfront streets with views to Long Island Sound at Umbrella Point. Incorporate with our Five Islands Park route.

Rye. This coastal city at the eastern edge of Westchester County is accessible by train and has some very pleasant running. We’ve mapped out ‘Rye Tour’ of nearly 10 miles, which can be used as a guideline. From the train station, take Peck Ave. east for a ~3 mile tour of Manursing Island, which has some lovely views. Then take the long north-south streets (Forest, Stuyvesant) for up to 3 miles down to Rye Point.

Chappaqua. Verdant, country-esque hamlet served by Metro-North. There are windy, shaded streets with nice homes — but note there are very few sidewalks. Best to stick to quieter streets on either side of New Bedford Ave. (Rt. 117).