Maine: Southern Coast

Wells Waterfront and Wells Reserve

A companion beach town to Ogunquit, Wells has a few wonderful and unique running options.

Run the Beach. The beaches in Wells and Ogunquit are among the best for running in New England. Flat, wide, with consistent firm sand. There are two good sections, with a break in between: From Ocean Ave. south to Ogunquit, 2.4 miles. Or, north of the break, from the Wells Beach Lobster Pound at Crescent Beach, north to the break at Wells Harbor, 2.0 miles. At low tide you can do the whole 4.4 miles seamlessly, although a short section is more rocky than sandy. MAP

Ocean Ave./Webhannet Dr./Atlantic Ave. One can run on quiet roads along the water for 4.5 miles between Moody and Wells Harbor. This area is a mix of waterfront cottages, inns, motels, beach access points, and occasional ocean views. From Rt. 1, it’s 0.4 miles on Ocean St. to the pedestrian bridge, and then another 2 miles along Ocean Ave. along the beach, to Moody Point. Continue north on Webhannet Dr. and Atlantic Ave. to the end at Wells Harbor. Run as much as you want here. MAP

Wells Reserve. This National Estuarine Research Reserve is a treat for running. There are more than 7 miles of trails through open grasslands and marshes, with great colors and wonderful water views. Some trails might be sandy for running, but you can also run along the beachfront. We haven’t designated a specific route but here’s a Trail Map.