The five most surprising running routes in NYC
Huzzah! It’s fall! Foliage-driven weekend activities are upon us.
But that doesn’t mean you have to trek all the way upstate to pick apples. You could also spend your Saturday taking a brisk jog along a waterfall in the Bronx. (Yes, that exists.)
Take a peek at some of the city’s most picturesque running routes.
The New York Botanical Gardens
Little-known fact: You can jog through the massive Bronx property sans tourists. An Early Morning Grounds Pass is available to members (for $15 extra) and lets you run free from 6 to 10 a.m. (when it opens to the public). Our route pick: the Thain Family Forest, which includes a freshwater river and--wait for it--waterfall. (Trail distances vary)
The High Line
Or stick in Manhattan and hit up the popular elevated park--obviously before the crowds descend. (It opens at 7 a.m., and you can nap later.) To make it even more enticing, the final segment of the project just opened this week, meaning it now stretches around Hudson Yards and up to 34th Street. (1.45 miles, each way)
Jackie Kennedy’s not the only game in town. Head to the border of Brooklyn and Queens (just past Bushwick on the L or J/Z trains) to jog around this wildlife reserve, which houses about 150 species of birds. (1.2 miles around the perimeter)
Okay, this one’s not necessarily all about the changing leaves. But how can you deny a straight skyline shot? What you’ll also get: an excuse to ride the tram, relatively quiet jogging paths (circling the island) and an up-close look at the Smallpox Hospital ruins because...Halloween. (4 miles around the perimeter)
Staten Island Greenbelt
In more do-it-for-the-trip news: Hop on the free ferry downtown, enjoy a breezy ride past the Statue of Liberty, then take a couple of buses (promise it’s worth it) and you’re in the city’s largest cluster of natural trails. But remember to pack some snacks--this is a full day. (Routes up to 12 miles in length)