Discover the Six Best Places to Run Outside of New York City This Summer
Adventure is calling! Beyond the skyscrapers and cement, there are beautiful trails, boardwalks, and parks waiting for urban runners to explore. And thanks to Zipcar, these destinations are closer than ever for NYRR members!
We've teamed up with Zipcar to offer runners a special deal: Join now for just $35—that's 50% off!—and receive $35 in driving credit. Then book one of 3,000 cars parked all over NYC, and drive yourself and your running buds out of the city and toward your next weekend adventure.
Trails and Parks
While it's impossible to say which of New York and New Jersey's many parks and trails are the very best, we've gathered a short list of ones we think are definitely worth checking out. As a plus, they're all under an hour and a half away from NYC by car!
Harriman-Bear Mountain State Parks
Located about an hour north of NYC (an hour and a half with traffic), Harriman State Park is New York's second-largest state park. Combined with Bear Mountain State Park, there are lakes, beaches, campsites, and over 230 miles of trails. Go out for a day trip and run some of New York's most beautiful trails, or turn your trip into a weekend getaway and camp out under the stars.
South Mountain Reservation
A hop and a skip away in Essex County, NJ, South Mountain Reservation is the largest nature preserve in the state with tons of excellent running and hiking trails. It contains vistas of five different cities, waterfalls, and 14 miles of trails to explore.
Rockefeller State Park
Only 30 miles north of NYC, Rockefeller State Park is filled with history, nature, and excellent trails. The trails are stone carriage roads that were laid out by John D. Rockefeller in the early 1900s. They're closed to vehicles of all kinds, making them very runner-friendly.
Let's go to the beach! Boardwalk running is a great way to enjoy that sea air and give your legs a break from concrete in exchange for something softer. Here on the East Coast, there are some of the greatest boardwalks in the country, and many are within driving distance of NYC.
Long Beach, Long Island
Right in our backyard, Long Beach has seen a renewal in recent years and is a spectacular place to soak in those beach vibes while getting a run in. After your workout, enjoy delicious food trucks and a dip in the ocean.
Ocean City, NJ, is a classic for a reason! Enjoy the sites and sounds of a boardwalk filled with vintage charm. Get there early in the morning for a more private running experience and hit the attractions later in the day.
Looking to plan a family trip to the beach but still want to run? Point Pleasant, NJ is for you. The large boardwalk on this stunningly beautiful beach is a great place to get in a workout then take advantage of the kid-friendly activities in the area.