Boston - North Shore

Nahant-Swampscott Waterfront and Residential

We love this run for its combination of boardwalk and runnable beach, with great water and Boston skyline views. There is a wide paved sidewalk/boardwalk paralleling Nahant Rd. and Lynn Shore Drive for nearly 3 miles. Alongside that, Nahant Beach and Kings Beach are wide and feature firm, packed sand that are great for running at most times. Red Rock Park is a particularly pretty spot mid-way along our route, jutting out above Kings Beach. There are wonderful, open views the whole way, and facilities in season. At the Nahant end, Tides Restaurant is a New England classic. At the northern end, Swampscott Center is lovely, with good restaurant and shopping options.

For a nice add-on, we recommend the residential neighborhood between the coastal road and the Swampscott train station. Lovely homes and windy, leafy streets in this Olmsted-designed neighborhood.

Longer Option: Continue onto Nahant. See our route there.


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  • Up to 3 miles one-way or 6 miles out and back
  • Flat - 52 feet
  • Any spot between Swampscott Center and Nahant
  • Parking: Along Lynn Shore Dr. and paid off Nahant Rd.; Commuter Rail: Swampscott