As the weather gets warmer, you no longer have the excuse that it’s too cold to run outside. It’s about time to break out those sneakers and hit the road. But it can get boring running the same loops around campus over and over or having to constantly watch your back for cars when running on the road. Here’s some spots to check out that will change up the scenery and give you a nice run:
-Rockland Lake: If you follow 9W past Nyack Hospital, you will eventually find Rockland State Park. This park contains a 3.1 mile (5k) loop around Rockland Lake. It is paved, relatively flat, and probably one of the easiest routes to run. This is also a great place to run because there are mile markers around the path letting you know how far you’ve run so that you can pace yourself well.
-Nyack Beach: This trail will take you along the base of Hook Mountain, along the side of the Hudson. This route is probably one of the most beautiful and scenic paths in Nyack.
-Downtown Nyack: Although you still have to be a little cautious of cars, there are tons of sidewalks everywhere downtown, and you can run while enjoying looking at the cute shoppes and restaurants. Also, if you run along Piermont Ave, you will have the view of the Hudson on your side throughout most of your run.
-The Trails: At the intersection of South Franklin Street and Cedar Hill Ave, you will find the beginning of a gravel trail that goes for miles. If you follow the trail long enough, you can make it all the way into Piermont. This trail cross bridges, gives you great views of the Hudson, and is the best trail if you have bad knees or other injuries because the gravel cushions your steps well.
-George Washington Bridge: Okay, so this one isn’t actually in Nyack, but it’s definitely worth mentioning. The George Washington Bridge actually has a part of it that is a walking (or running) bridge, where pedestrians can cross without worrying about cars being in the way. FYI, rumor is that the new Tappan Zee Bridge is going to have a place to run across it too.