Maine: Southern Coast

Portsmouth, NH and Newcastle Island Loop

Due to its location right on the border, we’ve included Portsmouth in the southern Maine Guide. This hip and historic port city on the Picataqua River is an easy detour off Route 95 for a scenic salt air run. Your route may take you anywhere on the city sidewalks, but make sure you don’t miss the waterfront at Prescott Park, and the grounds of the Strawbery Banke Museum.

The team at Runner’s Alley recommends a 7.5 mile run starting from their store and looping out to the island of New Castle. Mainly following Rt. 1A and 1B, the route includes beaches, bridges, and a lovely wooded area before returning to the center of town. Noteworthy views include Wentworth-by-the-Sea, and the Portsmouth Lighthouse. Note: Some of the roads do not have sidewalks, use caution in high season.

Portsmouth is also home to several popular brewpubs, so foodies and beer aficionados might want to make a night or a weekend out of it!

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