Runners new and seasoned alike enjoy a variety of loops and trails in Central Park. Try out the world-famous Reservoir running track, 1.58 miles of soft gravel first made famous in the movie Marathon Man. In 2003, the Conservancy replaced high fencing with a replica of the original four-foot iron barrier that once enclosed the Reservoir, clearing the way for some of the best views of New York City. Other popular running routes include the loop, which totals 6.1 miles, and the bridle path, which offers a softer dirt surface.

Reservoir running track: For everyone’s safety, please run only in a counterclockwise direction around the track. Dogs, strollers, and bikes are not allowed on the track at any time.

Bridle path: Dogs must be on-leash at all times.

Running Map

Find the best routes through the Park with our Running Map.


Runner's Guide to Central Park

Before lacing up your running shoes, explore our Runner’s Guide to get to know the variety of loops and trails in Central Park.