High Line - Road Running

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Run above the city, in a garden—sounds crazy, but High Line Park has you covered. It's only 1.5 miles long, but it's worth the run, especially if you need a quickie mid-day. (It ends at 34th, right in Midtown.) After the run, enjoy some of the crazy food trucks, from coffee to tacos to wine and beer!

Written by

Molly Hurford

Distance

3.0 miles

Destination Distance From Downtown

9.6 miles

Difficulty

1 of 5 diamonds

Time To Complete

1 hours

1 hour or less

Seasonality

All Seasons

Dog Friendly

No

Fees Permits

No

Land Website

High Line

Review

Intro

If you’ve ever read The Secret Garden by Frances Hodges, it will almost immediately come to mind in this instant. You’re tired of life in the city. You need a respite. As you wander down 10th Avenue, you suddenly notice a small staircase. You climb up it, and suddenly, the world opens up. You’re surrounded by green. There’s a lawn stretched out in front of you, but you can see that you’re looking down at some older buildings, still up at towering skyscrapers. The noise of the traffic has dulled. You can breathe easier. You suddenly want to run, you’re not dreading dodging other people and cars. This is your city now.

What Makes It Great

There’s something amazing about running above the city, looking down and seeing taxis, people, buildings—all beneath you. It’s tempting to go Titanic and shout, ‘I’m king of the world!’ … At least until you pause to look around and realize that you’re not alone. But you are in a pretty rad spot: the High Line, a park constructed above the city.

Sounds like sci-fi, but it’s not exactly The Jetsons. Originally a freight rail line, this 1.5-mile public park is situated on the elevated structure that runs from Gansevoort Street to West 34th Street on Manhattan's West Side. It opened to the public as a park in 2011, and has added length since the first opening. 

It currently runs between 10th and 11th Avenues and has eight points of entry along the way, making it easy-on, easy-off. While you can’t ride your bike up there, there are bike racks at the entrances, so you can lock up if you’re trying to get in a brick workout.

The 23rd Street lawn is great for people-watching, especially in the summer when the sun-bathers are out. In the winter, the High Line is still a great spot to run, because the Friends of the High Line work like mad to keep it clear for foot traffic—much better than fighting the slush and crowds on the streets below.

There are water fountains and even a bathroom available without having to leave the High Line, making this a weirdly awesome spot for an interval workout, especially if you’re there at a quiet time of day. If you’re not ready to leave after your run, there are some excellent food options up there as well… and you may find yourself tempted to cut your run short for a nosh! Vendors include Blue Bottle Coffee, Delaney Barbecue’s SmokeLine, La Newyorkina, L’Arte del Gelato, Melt Bakery, People’s Pops, and The Taco Truck. There’s also Terroir at The Porch, an open-air, full-service café (with wine and beer!) that opens in the summer.

Need to get out for a late run? In the summer, the park stays open until 11 PM, so if you’ve had a late day and just need somewhere to burn off some steam and stare down at the city you currently love to hate, this is the spot. Bonus: there are always security officers walking the stretch, so you can run late and feel safe.

Who is Going to Love It

While it’s not the best spot to brave on weekends (or even the height of lunch hour), it is a great place to escape traffic and in off hours, get a serious run in, or just take a leisurely jog and enjoy the views.

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

There are several access points to the High Line. Check out this map for more information.

Location

High Line - Running

Washington Street and Gansevoort Street
New York, NY, 10014
40.739379, -74.008089

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