NYC's Best Running and Biking Trails
The longest bike path in NYC, stretching from Dyckman Street to Battery Park, complementing its brisk, smoothly paved surfaces with panoramic views, painted by colorful sunsets and breathtaking heights of the George Washington Bridge. As one of the busiest trails in the country, the Greenway isn’t shy of passionate joggers and romantic promenaders.
Central Park, one of the city’s most beloved attractions, offers runners limitless options in the midst of its multi-colored trees. The main loop is approximately 6.1 miles and spreads through the West and East sides, running on several transverses cutting across the park. The long intersection is forbidden to gas-guzzlers, therefore pedalers can ride stress-free.
Nestled by the Brooklyn portion of the East River, this traffic-strewn path embellishes an exerciser’s experience with scenic views of the city’s skyline. The 1.1 mile track provides a rising altitude that demands a hard workout from cyclists and runners. Pose for some photos on your way up!
Merely 800 yards from the skyscrapers of Lower Manhattan, this island is a secret haven for cyclists and runners. The approximately 2.5 mile loop delivers a journey through tree-lined archways, colonial mansions, and stunning views of the New York Harbor. Attainable through ferries, Governors Island displays views of Lady Liberty and Ellis Island. There are free one-hour bike rentals on weekday mornings.
This is arguably Queens’ most cherished pedestrian and car-free bike path. Linking Queens to Midtown Manhattan, it provides a picturesque lookout over Roosevelt Island and scenic views of the East River. Unfortunately, it is now closed as early as 9 p.m. due to traffic issues.