The shoulder season is a perfect time to ride the coast of Maine! We start in Portsmouth, NH, just off I-95, and head up the coast to Nubble Light and Perkins Cove. You might assume the best part of the ride is along the coast, but many peope enjoy the inland return options, including the Piscataqua River, even more.

The short ride cuts inland at mile 10.6, shortly before York Harbor and Nubble Light, while the long ride continues up the coast past Nubble Light up to Ogonquit before turning inland through rolling terrain.

Both routes return through Eliot ME and then follow the Piscataqua River before recrossing the historic Memorial lift bridge back to Portsmouth.

Road ride
Portsmouth NH Park and Ride

551 NH 33
Portsmouth, NH 03801
United States

Please note there are no restrooms available at the start. The easiest options may be the Seabrook Rest area on I-95 North just after crossing into New Hampshire, or the Kittery Maine Visitor Center off route 1 in Kittery heading south from Maine. 

There are few places to stop for food on the short route, so you may want to bring snacks. 

Miles Elev.* Print Files
33 1,715 Cue sheet GPX, Send to device
56 2,851 Cue sheet GPX, Send to device
* Elev. is the elevation gain in feet.
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