Maine: Mid-Coast

Castine Running Highlights

Considered one of the oldest towns in New England, Castine is a charming midcoast Maine spot offering cozy inns, scenic views, and plenty of history. We have put together two routes for running in Castine, featuring its elm-lined main streets, waterfront roads, and trails in Witherle Woods:

Short Route: 3.7 miles. Start on Main St. & Battle Ave. and head downhill for 0.5 miles along the elm-lined historic street toward Castine Harbor. Turn RIGHT and run along the harbor, heading west along Perkins St. for 1 mile to the Dyce Head Lighthouse. Retrace your steps, running back up Pleasant St. and then do a quick jaunt around the pretty campus of the Maine Maritime Academy. MAP

Long Route: 4.7 miles. Follow the instructions above to the lighthouse. Here, instead of retracing your steps, take the path off Dyce Head Rd. around Witherle Woods, out to Blockhouse Point. The 185-acre Witherle Woods has 6.5 miles of hilly trails, some wooded and some open. Return to the center of Castine through Fort George and the Maine Maritime Academy. MAP

Witherle Woods Information  Witherle Woods Trail Map



  • Short: 3.7 miles; Long: 4.7 miles
  • Short Route: 220 feet; Long Route: 394 feet
  • Main St. & Battle Ave.