Boston - North Shore

Magnolia Waterfront Run

Some of the most scenic waterfront running on the North Shore centers around the small town of Magnolia, which is off Rt. 127 between Manchester-By-The-Sea and Gloucester. We’ve mapped a 5.5 mile out and back route, consisting of two particularly pretty oceanfront sections — do it near sunrise or sunset to capture some gorgeous light!

You can start this route anywhere, but a good spot to start is in ‘downtown’ Magnolia. Enjoy ~1 mile along Shore Rd., which has great views out to Magnolia Point, and some gorgeous waterfront homes. Then, head south for 1/2 mile along Raymond St., and then LEFT, heading south on Rt. 127 (caution: narrow shoulder) for 1/2 mile. Turn LEFT on Ocean St., and enjoy 1 mile out and back along Kettle Cove, passing White Beach and Black Beach. Retrace your steps to the start.

For a longer run, take Hesperus Ave., a pleasantly shaded, fairly quiet street that runs north for nearly 2 miles from the western end of Shore Rd. in Magnolia to where it connects to Rt. 127.

Additional Options:  Explore the gorgeous Coolidge Reservation, run by the Trustees of Reservations. A ~1 mile one-way trail goes from the parking area to the top of Bungalow Hill, around Clarke Pond to Magnolia Beach, and to the spectacular Ocean Lawn. The parking area is on Rt. 127, just east of Raymond St.
Note: Parking can be tricky in summer. There are usually spots in downtown Magnolia, or at Coolidge Reservation on Rt. 127


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  • 5.5 miles (8.8 km) out and back. Good Add-On options
  • 291 feet (89m)
  • Downtown Magnolia or other convenient spots
  • Some parking in downtown Magnolia. Also parking at Coolidge Reservation, off Rt. 127