We asked Facebook fans and our senior running editor (and former-NYC resident) to give us the inside scoop on lesser-known spots for NYC runs. The result is a list of 11 awesome places to get active in the city. Use this as a guide next time you find yourself running in the Big Apple.
Randall's Island, ManhattanFrom Adriana L., Facebook user 1 of 13
Photo by Keith Harper
Find 8 miles of paved paths in this Manhattan park. Follow along the Harlem River Pathway for a scenic waterfront jog. For a shorter run, head to the Wards Meadow or Sunken Meadow Loops.
Van Cortlandt Park, BronxFrom Sabrina Grotewold, Senior Running Editor 2 of 13
The 1,146-acre Van Cortland Park is a welcome woodland escape from the busy streets of the Bronx. Zigzag through the park on a number of trails, including the Bridle, Putnam, John Muir Nature and Cass Gallagher Nature trails.
East River, ManhattanFrom Bobbi D., Facebook user 3 of 13
Most people head to the East River Park's 1.5-mile trail for running, walking and biking. Avoid these crowds by running north of the 59th Street Bridge, otherwise known as the Queensboro Bridge. Run through the city or along the East River on the Bobby Wagner Walk.
Riverside Park, ManhattanFrom Maritina T., Facebook user 4 of 13
Known as one of Manhattan's most popular waterfront parks, it's a must-visit park for runners visiting the city. After taking in the views, head north and run 70th Street and up to enjoy a relaxing jog along the North River.
Inwood Hill Park, ManhattanFrom Sabrina Grotewold, Senior Running Editor 5 of 13
Considered Old New York, Inwood Hill Park is a great place for NYC runs. Head to the Northwest section for a short 2-mile round-trip run up the Inwood Hill Park Hiking Trail—you're rewarded with scenic views at the top of the hill.
Cloves Lake Park, Staten IslandFrom James H., Facebook user 6 of 13
This park is a Forever Wild Site and as such provides greenery, lakes and ponds to enjoy on your run. Jog along the short Cloves Lake Park Fitness Path loop—note that 2-3/4 laps equal one mile. For a longer route, head to Cloves Lake Park Trail, a 3-mile path that weaves through wooded hills and over picturesque bridges.
Fort Washington Park, ManhattanFrom Sabrina Grotewold, Senior Running Editor 7 of 13
Photo by Sarah Ackerman
Run to this park and back on the West Side Highway Bike Path. The distance to the park varies depending on where you get on the path. The park recently added a short greenway path for running and walking as well.
Across the George Washington Bridge, ManhattanFrom Sabrina Grotewold, Senior Running Editor 8 of 13
If you're from out of town, don't miss the chance to run on the George Washington Bridge Bike Path—it's truly a New York experience. The bridge crossing only takes five minutes, and most of your run is done in Palisades Park in New Jersey (take a left off the bridge to get there), where you'll find a number of trails, including the Shore Trail and Long Path.
Old Croton Aqueduct Trail, Manhattan and BronxFrom Sabrina Grotewold, Senior Running Editor 9 of 13
Starting in Van Cortlandt Park run along the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail. This 26-mile one-way trail winds through Manhattan and the Bronx, spanning all the way to Westchester County. This historical path—it's 160 years old—weaves past the Jerome Park Reservoir, the High Bridge and Central Park.
Central Park Reservoir, ManhattanFrom Katie D., Facebook user 10 of 13
Central Park is one of the most popular stops for all NYC visitors. Head to one of the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir, one of the most scenic areas of the park and which most people call the Central Park Reservoir. The 1.5-mile loop is ideal for a short jog.
Hudson River Park, ManhattanFrom Katie D., Facebook User 11 of 13
Photo by Jerry Dohnal
From Hudson River Park, take the Hudson River Greenway to Battery Park, where you can stretch and enjoy views of the Hudson River. For a longer run to Battery (5.3 miles one way), start at the 59th Street entrance to the Hudson River Greenway.
East River Park track, ManhattanFrom Sabrina Grotewold, Senior Running Editor 12 of 13
Photo by NYC Parks
Lace up and head to the all-weather track in East River Park, where you can enjoy expansive views of New York City. If you're sick of city sidewalk and trail runs, this will be a welcome change of pace.