Maine: Southern Coast

Ogunquit Beach/Wells Beach

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Ogunquit is one of our favorite beaches for running in New England. It’s long, wide, flat, open, and has consistently good “beach running” conditions. Ogunquit Beach is in southern Maine, about a 1.5 hour drive north of Boston and 1/2 hour south of Portland. The beach is almost always runnable, except for at high tide. As soon as the water starts slipping back, go for it! The run is about 2.4 miles one-way, from just south of Beach Rd., heading north toward Wells. North of Furbish Rd., the beach gets a little rocky. There are numerous access points to the beach, between Ogunquit and Wells.

There are bathrooms and beach facilities right off the beach, and some traditionally “beach-y” places for food. About 1/2 mile inland from the beach, in the small town of Ogunquit, there’s a wonderful old candy store, making for a nice post-run reward. A nice addition, while not a beach run, is to take the Marginal Way path, from just off Shore Rd. to Perkins Cove, about 1 mile. MAP

There’s a great 5-mile “Lobster Dash” beach race in September. All finishers get a lobster roll! More info.

Essentials
  • 2.4 miles one-way
  • Ogunquit Beach or Wells Beach
  • Parking: Paid, next to beach, or off Beach St. just before the bridge over River Rd.