The Best Running in New York

Looking for the best running in New York? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around New York. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top running spots in and near New York

  • Hunt, New York

    Hike the Gorge Trail in Letchworth State Park

    5.0
    7 mi
    There are over 66 miles of trails to explore at Letchworth State Park; however, the most popular and the one I chose is the Gorge Trail. This trail runs 7 miles from point-to-point passing by three lovely waterfalls. It travels parallel to the main road for the majority of the hike. You can star...
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  • Yonkers, New York

    Run the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail

    5.0
    26.5 mi
    This trail traces the route of the Old Croton Aqueduct, which carried water to New York City between 1842 and 1955. Our recommended route starts near the Greystone Station in Yonkers, NY (Metro-North Hudson Line) and ends by the Scarborough Station, but you can easily modify your route – the enti...
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  • Beacon, New York

    Explore Long Dock and Dennings Point Parks

    4.0
    Long Dock and Dennings Point are two of the most popular parks in Beacon, that just so happen to be connected by a train track turned trail. Plenty of parking is available at Long Dock, and its a perfect spot to picnic, launch your kayak into the Hudson, or cast your line hoping to reel in the bi...
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  • New York, New York

    Run the Hudson River Greenway

    4.3
    18 mi / 212 ft gain
    To get in both some sights and a workout, follow the Hudson River Greenway to views of the Statue of Liberty, the Chelsea Piers, and George Washington Bridge, to name a few. This easy-access run is best done in the early morning or early evening, to avoid pedestrian traffic and too much sun. Keep...
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  • Brooklyn, New York

    Brooklyn Bridge Park Piers

    5.0
    1.5 mi
    Starting at the Brooklyn Main Street Park, you are on the right side of the Manhattan Bridge. Here you can check out the new outdoor climbing gym. Keep walking along the water and you'll soon come upon Pebble Beach. Now this beach is not exactly a "let's bring our beach chairs and spend the da...
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  • Elka Park, New York

    Backpack the Eastern Half of Devil's Path in the Catskill Mountains

    5.0
    14 mi / 3900 ft gain
    The Eastern half of Devil's Path has four major summits: Indian Head, Twin, Sugarloaf and Plateau. Each summit is a straight climb up and down, then back up to as much as 3,900 ft. There are some sparse sections of level ground, but most is a steep descent uphill or steep slide downhill. Your ...
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  • Newfield, New York

    Hike Treman State Park

    5.0
    3 mi / -400 ft gain
    Starting in the parking area, choose which direction of the loop to take (all of which will take you to Lucifer Falls). You can choose to do a shorter, 1 - mile loop around the falls, or go further to the lower section of the park (approximately 3 miles).There is also a campground conveniently l...
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  • New York, New York

    Run by the East River

    4.0
    7.2 mi / 90 ft gain
    Bobby Wagner Walk has beautiful views of the river and Queens, and is the oldest segment of the Manhattan Waterfront Greenway, a 32-mile, discontinuous path around Manhattan. This quiet, easily accessible route is a great escape from city streets. A pedestrian bridge at East 63rd Street is the so...
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  • Ithaca, New York

    Hike the Six Mile Creek Natural Area

    5.0
    4.5 mi / 250 ft gain
    The East Ithaca Recreational Walkway, which traverses the Six Mile Creek Natural Area, can be accessed at the parking areas on Burns Rd. or Coddington Rd. The walkway, which used to be a railroad, runs flat and straight from East to West. From the walkway, other smaller trails can be accessed t...
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  • Lake Placid, New York

    Hike Mount Jo

    4.7
    This short hike offers exceptional views, perfect for late night sunsets and early morning sunrises. Take a lunch date to the summit and enjoy overlooking Heart Lake and New York's highest peak, Mt. Marcy. The trail to Mt. Jo trailhead is located at the enterance station near the parking lot at t...
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  • Rye, New York

    Hike the Marshlands Conservancy Loop

    4.0
    1.55 mi / 125 ft gain
    Located along the Long Island Sound, this 147-acre conservancy is home to a plethora of different birds, including marsh wrens, seaside sparrows, and American woodcocks. The conservancy has 3 miles of trails, all easy to navigate. Starting out from the visitor's center, take the trail to the rig...
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  • Perry, New York

    Camp at the Highbanks Campground (Letchworth State Park)

    4.0
    The Highbanks camping area is located on northern end of the park. Entering the park from the Mount Morris the camper registration will be 6 miles in on Park Road.Pick up a park map and choose some of the many sites to explore whether it is hiking or just driving through the park to some of road...
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  • Ithaca, New York

    Hike Sweedler Preserve at Lick Brook

    5.0
    1.6 mi / 500 ft gain
    Trailheads and parking are on both Sandbank and Townline Roads, with elevations ranging from 280-330m. Follow the white blazes of the Finger Lakes trail downhill with views of the gorge, and wind through massive oak and maple trees. At the bottom of the hill (about 100m of elevation), you can en...
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  • New York, New York

    Run at Inwood Hill Park

    4.38 mi / 1038 ft gain
    This relatively untouched, hilly park features forest, valleys, and a salt marsh – if you're lucky, you may even spot a bald eagle. A great way to run the park is simply explore the maze of trails. It is easy to lengthen your run by taking a few laps through the park, or by continuing on to the F...
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  • Brooklyn, New York

    Run the Shore Parkway Greenway Trail

    5.0
    12.4 mi
    The Shore Parkway Greenway Trail is comprised of two disconnected segments along the New York Harbor that offer more than 12 miles of paved pathway on Brooklyn's southern border. Between the two segments sits Coney Island, well-known for its amusement parks and sandy beaches. You can run and bike...
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  • Montauk, New York

    Climb the Bluffs of Shadmoor State Park

    1.2 mi / 100 ft gain
    I've never actually been into the Shadmoor State Park, but you can climb up and onto the bluffs from the beach easily; well kind of easily.Most of the parking lots along the beach require Hamptons residency tags, so you can't park right next to beach entrances... bummer. We typically park along ...
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