Best places to run in Brooklyn, New York

New York is a large, busy city filled with many active, health conscious people. Health conscious people who run.

I visited recently and saw people running all around the city, especially through Central Park, across the Brooklyn, Manhattan and Williamsburg bridges and along the Hudson River, as well as through Brooklyn, where I was staying. And I can imagine things might have slowed down slightly compared to a few weeks ago, now that the New York Marathon is over. Below is a couple of suggested routes for running if you are staying in Brooklyn.

Running in Brooklyn

Prospect Park

I went for three runs through Brooklyn, but would recommend heading for the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens and Prospect Park. If you can´t get out that way and want to run in Brooklyn then the streets can be quite frustrating given the number of blocks and traffic lights. Prospect park is relatively quiet in comparison to Central Park, and is also a beautiful place to run, especially in the Autumn. If you are going there by train get off at Grand Army Plaza.

Prospect park courtesy of strava
Entrance to Prospect Park, Brooklyn
Autumn colours in Brooklyn Botanic Gardens

Brooklyn Bridge

Another option if you are staying in Brooklyn is to run across the Brooklyn bridge. A classic route popular with the locals takes in both the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges. This is one of the few runs in central New York where you get some elevation, with the mid point giving you a great view of the Manhattan Skyline. If starting on the Brooklyn bridge side then it´s best to start around either High St or York St subway station and go from there. You can either loop around Brooklyn Bridge Park or run straight over the bridge.

Brooklyn and manhattan bridge route courtesy of strava
Running in Brooklyn
Running on the Brooklyn Bridge, New York City

Fort Greene Park

If you are looking for some interval training while in Brooklyn then Fort Greene Park is a good option. You might share the pathways with cyclists but can usually get your own space as you run laps. You can get there via Dekalb Avenue subway station.

Running at Fort Greene Park courtesy of Strava
Fort Green Park in Brooklyn

These were my top picks of places to run in Brooklyn, what do you think?