West Yorkshire Police are appealing for information to identify him.
Wakefield District CID said the body was found by a member of the public at around 8pm on Tuesday on a track close to Broad Lane.
The man is believed to have been 30 to 40-years-old. He was white and had short, light brown hair.
He was wearing a plain black, short sleeved T-shirt, black tracksuit bottoms with a white and lime green stripe down each leg and black Reebok classic trainers.
An unsmoked cigarette and a blue lighter were found in his pocket.
Detective Inspector Tim Hunt of Wakefield District CID, said: “We are conducting enquiries into this man’s death on behalf of the coroner and have been pursuing a number of lines of enquiry to try and identify him.
“There were no suspicious circumstances in the death and I would ask anyone who recognises the description of this man and can help identify him to contact Wakefield CID on 101 referencing police reference number 13170233963.”