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Central Park Running Routes
 

Central Park Running Routes

CENTRAL PARK RUNNING ROUTE
Loop Courses:
Full loop—6.0273 miles on roads Start on East Drive at East 90th Street (point 1) and head north. Pass the 102nd Street Transverse on your left at approximately .75 miles (point 2), and Lasker Rink and Pool on your right at approximately 1 mile. Continue around the north end of the park to the 102nd Street Transverse on your left at approximately 2 miles (point 3). Continue south on West Drive, crossing the 72nd Street Transverse at approximately 3.75 miles (point 4) and Tavern on the Green on your right at approximately 4 miles. Continue around the south end of the park, heading north on East Drive and passing the 72nd Street Transverse on your left at approximately 5 miles (point 5). In the final mile you'll pass Loeb Boathouse on your left and the Metropolitan Museum of Art on your right before returning to your starting point.
 
Lower five-mile loop—5.1432 miles on roads Follow the full loop course, but turn left/west onto the 102nd Street Transverse (point 2), then left/south onto West Drive (point 3). This transverse is closed to vehicular traffic, but be aware of bicyclists and in-line skaters.
 
Upper five-mile loop—4.9280 miles on roads Follow the full loop course, but turn left onto the 72nd Street Transverse (point 4), then left onto East Drive (point 5). This transverse is open to vehicular traffic at designated times.
 
Four-mile loop—4.0439 miles on roads Follow the full loop course, but turn left onto the 102nd Street and 72nd Street Transverses.
 
Three-mile loop—approximately 3 miles on roads Start on East Drive at East 90th Street (point 1) and head north. Pass the 102nd Street Transverse on your left at approximately .75 miles (point 2), and Lasker Rink and Pool on your right at approximately 1 mile. Continue around the north end of the park and turn left/east onto the 102nd Street Transverse at approximately 2 miles (point 3), then right/south on East Drive (point 2) to return to your starting point.
 
Lower loop—1.7153 miles on roads Start on East Drive at the 72nd Street Transverse (point 5) and head west across the transverse. Turn left/south on West Drive (point 4), passing Tavern on the Green on your right. Continue around the south end of the park to your starting point.
 
Reservoir loop—1.57 miles on cinder pathway The pathway around the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir, just over 1.5 miles, is marked at 100-yard and half-mile intervals beginning at 90th Street and East Drive. The pathway is well maintained and offers sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline. Stay to the right and run counterclockwise.
 
Bridle path loop—1.66 miles on dirt A bridle path encircles the reservoir just below the cinder path, making for a slightly longer loop on soft surfaces. Horses have the right-of-way on the bridle paths. If you cannot move out of the way of approaching horses, slow down or stop until they are well past you.
 
Full bridle path loop—approximately 2.5 miles on dirt Start on the bridle path at East 90th Street and head north. At approximately East 96th Street make a hard right down a short gravel hill. Bear left and continue north, following the trail as it loops around the North Meadow ball fields (they'll be on your left), passes alongside the 102nd Street Transverse, and continues alongside West Drive. Rejoin the reservoir bridle path loop at approximately West 93rd Street, continuing around the south end of the reservoir to your starting point.
10 Tips for Central Park Safety
1. Run with others, especially after dark.
2. Leave your headphones and ear buds at home.
3. Never acknowledge verbal harassment.
4. Trust your instincts. If you feel threatened, change course. 5. Avoid unpopulated areas.
6. Use your cell phone or NYPD call boxes to report incidents.
7. Run against traffic.
8. Wear reflective clothing at night.
9. Carry ID and a MetroCard or cab fare.
10. Have access to water on longer runs.

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