Reservoir Running Track

Reservoir Running Track


Featuring an unsurpassed view of nearly 100 acres of water and the Manhattan skyline, this 1.58-mile track loops around the Reservoir and is one of the most popular running destinations in the world.

It wasn’t always this popular, nor this beautiful. Until 2003, the view of the Reservoir and cityscape were obscured by a seven-foot-high chain-link fence. Central Park Conservancy restored the original fence after scuba divers discovered a piece of it in the Reservoir, commissioning a steel replica with cast-iron ornamentation. At just four feet high, the new fence opened up the view and now offers runners an unparalleled experience.

The running track spans almost the entire width of the Park, and reaches from 86th Street to 96th Street.

The track is a designated walking and running area. Please walk or run one way in a counter-clockwise direction, and use caution when taking photos.

Note: Dogs, bicycles, and baby carriages/strollers are not permitted on the Reservoir Running Track.

Renovation Work

Central Park Conservancy is currently renovating the Reservoir Running Track to repair existing problems and improve one of the most popular running destinations in New York City.

The track was last repaired in 1999. Since then, the impact of millions of visitors has caused the track to erode in various locations, leaving it rutted and uneven. Rainwater regularly pools on the track, making the damage worse.

As part of the project, the track will be repaved to address surface conditions and drainage, and a full-time crew will be added to manage the track's ongoing care and maintenance. Renovation work will be done in sections to cause as little disruption to visitors as possible. Runners will be diverted to the nearby bridle path, which has been prepared in anticipation of the increase in use. The cost of the Reservoir Running Track renovation is $3 million, which was privately raised by Central Park Conservancy. Learn more about the Reservoir and the renovation project here.

Support us!


To learn more and to support the reconstruction of the Running Track, please contact
Katherine Carey at or 212.310.6611

Download our
Running Map!


Around the Reservoir 85th Street to 96th Street, from east to west.

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