If you’re in Bergen County, NJ and looking for a convenient paved trail to run, then check out Overpeck County Park in Leonia and Ridgefield Park, NJ. It’s my go-to park in the North Jersey area because it’s easy to get to and conveniently located in the lower Bergen County area of New Jersey.
Running in Overpeck Park, NJ is great for either some speed work or your usual run workout.
The Leonia side of the park is where you’ll find a track, squash courts, volleyball courts, and the 9/11 Memorial. This is the track we use for the Rise Endurance track sessions and boot camp sessions.
The path on the Leonia side of the park consists of two connected loops that in total is just over 1 mile long and very flat. Perfect for warming up before using the track for some speed work.
Besides green open space, you’ll also find an exercise station you can use to break up your run and add some total body strength to your workout.
Crossing Fort Lee Rd to the Ridgefield Park section of the park (or the “new” Overpeck Park as it’s known) will bring you to a very different part of the park. While you do have to cross a busy road, there is a light with a cross signal. If you’ve never crossed that road, I highly recommend pushing that cross signal. It makes me laugh the way it yells “wait! wait!” when you’re waiting for the light to change.
The path on the Ridgefield Park section of the park consists of rolling hills that run along Overpeck Creek. This path is more of an out and back type of path as opposed to the circle on the Leonia side. Though at the far end of the park, the path does have a bit of loop.
You can easily run on both sides of the park, which will be just under 4 1/2 miles. So if you’re planning a longer run, you can run it twice or choose your favorite side to run through more than once.