Best Places to Run in New Jersey

The results are in! We recently put out a call to all NJ runners asking what your favorite places to run in NJ were, and the response was fantastic!

We reaffirmed many of the classic spots as well as learned of a number of little-known gems.

This list is ever growing, so comment at the bottom of this post where you run and we’ll include it in the list. Also, feel free to send us a write up about it with the vitals…pics, surface, distance, bathrooms, elevation, etc. We can include it in our Great Places To Run section.

Places to Run in NJ

RouteCityContributor/s
Barnegat Branch TrailHarvey CedarsAmber Karl
Batsto/Wharton State ParkWashingtonKevin Urtubey
BoardwalksJersey ShoreKelly Murphy, Genia Bittner, Bill Scannon, Nicole Lavon, Sue Mitchell, Monmouth University Track, Anna Wargo Throm, Pat Sexton, Diane Rizzo, NJShoreRun.com, Kate Stefek
Brookdale ParkBloomfieldEddie King
Canal TowpathBordentownRebecca Collins
Cheesequake State ParkMatawanJen Rosant
Cliffwood BeachAberdeenAndrew Richter
Columbia TrailHigh BridgeDina Given-Wysocky, Jennifer Marie
Cooper RiverCherry HillJason Cohen, Kristen Thompson
Delaware RiverFrenchtownCarolyn Hanczaryk, Rachael Wild
Echo Lake ParkMountainsideBrooke Lichtenstein
McGuire Air Force BaseWrightstownJack Mateer
Forest StreetMontclairDiane Rizzo
Forked River Mountain PreserveForked RiverJeane Taylor
Garret Mountain ReservationWoodland ParkPatrick Crowley
Glen Wild LakeBloomingdaleTracy Vicente
Hartshorne WoodsAtlantic HighlandsCorey Wagner, Monmouth University Track, Geoffrey Nicholas, Mark and Tara Sullivan, Brian Marley
Holmdel ParkHolmdelMonmouth University Track, Heather Marie
Hubor WoodsMiddletownDave Matthew
Kingsland ParkNutleyAngel Longo
Laurel AcresMount LaurelNicole Lavon
Liberty State ParkJersey CityMalia Kapahuwahine, Diana Angi Stavrou
Long Beach IslandSurf CityMason Carter, Tamara Hernandez
Manasquan ReservoirHowellKelly Murphy, Monmouth University Track, Shannon Brower
Meadowland ParkwaySecaucusAngel Longo
Mercer County ParkWest WindsorBill Scannon
Mt. TammanyKnowltonYosef Golubchik, Timothy Ellis
North Cape MayCape MayMarilyn Hodgdon-Mcdevitt
Old Turnpike RdPort MurrayKathy Boyd
Palmyra Cove Nature ParkPalmyraMichael Wilson
Paulinskill Valley TrailBlairstownPatti Kerwin
Raritan Canal TrailPrincetonRachael Wild, Mason Carter
Ridgewood Bike PathSaddle BrookJennifer Cook
Saddle River Park - Wild Duck PondRidgewoodRobin Klein
Sandy Hook National ParkSandy HookNorm Dannen
Seven Bridges RoadTuckertonSharon Hood
SilvertonToms RiverMargaret Hermstedt-Wright
Six Mile Run ParkFranklinYosef Golubchik
Skylands Botanical GardensRingwoodMichelle Fenwick
Sleepy Hollow TrailMorristownNick Marino
Sunrise MountainFrankfordNora Keena
Tatum ParkMiddletownMonmouth University Track
Thompson ParkMiddletownKelly Murphy, Monmouth University Track
Veteran's ParkHamiltonAnn Kleinhans
Watchung ReservationMountainsideYosef Golubchik
Wells Mills ParkOcean TownshipHarry Uberti

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Corey Wagner

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  • Sharon A Siedliski

    The legendary Bernardsville 20 mile course that goes through Mendham, Peapack-Gladstone, Far Hills.It is drop dead gorgeous – Ravine Lake, rolling hills, Somerset Hills Golf Course and Bville mountain. No bathrooms except all the woods. Water stops at every streatm.

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