NYC Runner’s :TRAIL GUIDE

NYCtrailguide_headerJust because we live in a cement jungle, doesn’t mean green stuff doesn’t exist–we promise. There are plenty of trails to explore an hour or more from NYC, but if you’re looking for a closer-to-home adventure, we’ve got you covered. Check out our map below with 6 of our recommended spots to put in some nature miles.

The trails from easiest to most difficult:

Forest Park, Queens: 30-45 minutes from Midtown. Embrace the rolling hills in this nature-filled oasis between Queens and Brooklyn. Three main trails range from 1-3 miles long on the Eastern side of the park.

Central Park, Manhattan: In Midtown. Conquer the hills of our city on the 1.5 mile Reservoir Path or one of two Bridle Path loops at 1.66 and 2.5 miles around. These are great to tack onto a run close to home for a taste of greenery.

Old Croton Aqueduct Trail, New York: 60 minutes from Midtown. The entire trail runs 26 miles (from Yonkers to Croton Dam), and you’ll run through towns with plenty of places to stop for snacks or park a car. Not super technical, it follows a rail and lets you cover a lot of ground without pounding pavement.

Inwood Hills Park, Bronx: 35-40 minutes from Midtown. For a true in-city trail, this 2 mile loop starts out on paved paths near ball fields. After a few stairs, you’re in a leafy wonderland. Easily add onto your run by exploring the Riverside Path along the Hudson.

Van Cortlandt, Bronx: 60 minutes from Midtown. NYC’s third largest park, it dedicates a 1.25 mile and a 3 mile path to runners, along with hiking trails to journey.

Palisades Interstate Park, New Jersey: 90 minutes from Midtown. Put in a long run starting in the city, running the bridge and entering the trails or start near the Englewood Cliffs boat basin to park and run. There are multiple trails, including an 11-miler, that are accessible from here and they include hills, stairs, a boulder field and some challenging ascents.

If you want a group to run trails with, join the Paragon Trail Run 5k or 10k featuring Salomon at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 18 in Van Cortlandt Park! We will have two vans for up to 25 people to get a round-trip ride from Paragon Sports in Union Square at 8:15 a.m. RSVP to ocheng@paragonsports.com. You’re welcome to meet us there to run the workout, as well. **Bag check, post-run coffee and sweets will be available.

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