7 Scenic Running Paths in NYC

Addison Aloian | April 26, 2021 | Lifestyle

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Finding places to run in the middle of New York City can be difficult. The Big Apple is the definition of an urban jungle, but there are definitely some beautiful paths to explore while breaking a sweat. Run along the water and take in the sweeping skyline views, or discover a hidden gem among the trees.

Each borough has special places to run, and we’ve compiled a list of ten scenic paths, from Central Park to Coney Island’s boardwalk. Happy running!

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Central Park


Central Park is probably the most well-known territory for NYC runners. Although there are many scenic and shaded paths to run, we suggest the 1.5-mile Reservoir loop trail. Looking for a little more? The Full Bridle Loop, clocking in at 2.5 miles, also offers wonderful views when you're ready to switch things up.

Battery Park City

Chambers St. to Battery Pl.; Manhattan

Battery Park City seems to be one of the most underrated spots in all of Manhattan, especially for the running path it provides. With Hudson River views spanning from the Statue of Liberty to Ellis Island and the Jersey Shore, there is more than enough to admire and inspire.

Brooklyn Bridge to Brooklyn Bridge Park

334 Furman St., Brooklyn to Manhattan

The view of the Manhattan skyline may be the best view one could ask for on a run in the city. The distance from Manhattan to Brooklyn spans about 2.9 miles and offers amazing views whether you want to run at sunrise, sunset, day or night.

Prospect Park


Prospect Park has a ton of trails to choose from, with distances ranging from 1.5 miles to 3.5 miles. These paths might be for the braver New Yorkers, as some contain hills, and can be very crowded with people relaxing in the park. The upside? You can people-watch as you get your day’s exercise.

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The Highline

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Enter at Gansevoort St., 23 St., or 30 St.; Manhattan

Right in the heart of Chelsea, the Highline offers some truly stunning views, and you won’t see vistas like this anywhere else. Popular during spring or summer, it's especially scenic when the trees have fully bloomed and the sun shines on the nearby skyscrapers. The path is almost all pavement, be sure you're prepared for some urban running.

Riverside Park down Hudson River Greenway

72 St. to 158 St.; Manhattan

Want views and a breeze off the Hudson? Look no further. From 72 St. to 158 St., this park packs greenery and a special pathway for runners and bikers alike. Riverside Park also has multiple playgrounds along the way and public bathrooms, in case you want to make stops and add some body workouts in between sprints.

Roosevelt Island

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Between Manhattan and Queens / Long Island

Make a great escape to a quieter spot for running, compared to the noise of the city. Roosevelt Island gives great views of Midtown Manhattan and the Queensboro Bridge. The island is 3.5 miles in length and accessible via the F train or the tram.

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