Rave Runs – Seacoast of New Hampshire

Run It - tips and tricks for runners by runners. This month it's rave runs. Here's mine from the seacoast New Hampshire. | happyfitmama.com

Welcome to another month of Run It!

In case you missed it, here’s what we covered so far this year:

Winter Running Tips and Essentials

How to Stay Sane on the Treadmill

The Best and Worst Racing Advice for Runners

Essential Exercises for Common Running Injuries

Hydration Tips and Tricks for Runners

Summer Running Tips

This month it’s all about Rave Runs.

One of my favorite things about Runner’s World magazine is their Rave Run feature.  Beautiful places from around the world that make you say, “I want to run there!”

Here in New Hampshire, rave run routes are all over the place.  I go in search of a rave run route when I feel like I need a little spark to my running game.  These routes are also the ones that I take friends from out of town on. It’s a guarantee to get a “oh wow this is beautiful!” comment.

In all honesty, I’m kind of hesitant in sharing all of my rave runs.  I’m being selfish because I don’t want too many people to know about the location for fear it will become over populated and not “special” anymore. That’s especially true for the local trails. Or maybe everyone does know about it and I’m living in a dream world.

Looking for a great run near the seacoast of New Hampshire Check out this local's rave runs! happyfitmama.com

Regardless, here are some of my favorites.

New Castle Loop

When I first started running, this became one of my favorite routes. Starting from downtown Portsmouth at Runner’s Alley and heading out of town on Route 1B, you cross over the causeway and onto the island of New Castle.  You will be treated to beautiful ocean views and houses that are unbelievably amazing. You’ll pass by Fort Stark, New Castle Common and Wentworth by the Sea.  You may even spot a massive yacht with a helicopter on the back of it.  Once you get to the fork in the road, take a right and you’ll head back into Portsmouth for a total of 6-8 miles. You can refuel at any of the awesome restaurants and coffee shops downtown. I recommend Breaking New Grounds for coffee and people watching in the square. And stop back at Runner’s Alley to stock up on all your running needs. 

Rave Run Seacoast New Hampshire | happyfitmama.com

I gave Katie a part of the tour when she was in town last summer.

Wallis Sands to North Beach

If you want pancake flat with nothing but sea views, this is for you. I love this route for days when I need a dose of Vitamin Sea. Local tip – try to run it early in the morning because it’s heavily traveled during the day during the summer months. If you ran an out and back on this section of Route 1A, it’s about 10 miles.

Seacoast running | HappyFitMama.com

York to the Nubble Lighthouse

Just over the border of New Hampshire is York, Maine. I know it’s not the seacoast of NH but it’s pretty darn close. This rave run is great if you want to run right along the coast.  As you run along Long Sands beach, you’ll spy the Nubble in the distance.  At the end of the beach, follow the signs to the most photographed lighthouse in America. Head back towards York to fuel up on bagels at the Bagel Basket. Julie and I did this as a 10 mile run last week.

Morning run along the Maine Coast. | happyfitmama.com

Sue got this tour last summer!

Stratham Hill Park

If trails are more your thing, the seacoast has got that too.  We lack in serious vert, but we’ve got dirt.  Located off Route 33, Stratham Hill is a great place to run trails. The outer trail is about 6 miles but there’s so many off shoots that it’s easy to go longer. There are a few hills that will get your heart rate up but overall it’s a great local option for dirt with a mixture of single track or dirt road.


I could go on and on with awesome rave runs in my area. I’m lucky to have the ocean and the mountains so close to give us a wide range of terrain. If you are ever in the area, let me know and I’ll give you a tour of the rave runs of the seacoast.

Ready for more rave runs?  Allie and Sarah are sitting this month out, but here are 3 more rave runs from urban to rural and all over the country.

Check it out and get you ready to say  – I want to run there!


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Linking up with Coaches Corner and Wild Workout Wednesday.

What makes a rave run for you?




23 comments on “Rave Runs – Seacoast of New Hampshire

  1. What beautiful places to run! I’ve got some lovely trails right here in Northern Illinois but my summer travels had me running in Dubai and the Greek Islands. So surreal.

  2. I’ve never been to NH but it sure does look beautiful!
    I live in Stamford, CT so we don’t really have any running trails which is a bummer.

  3. The run along the North Beach looks stunning! I love water views on a run. On of my favorite rave runs was the little park near my dorms when I lived in Germany and the Deschutes River Trail in Bend – although I do love my daily trail through the wetlands!

  4. You have some beautiful running routes! I wish I lived closer to some trails – we have some close but they are not very long.
    I’ve never been to NH but now I have a reason to go 🙂
    Have a great day!

  5. Such beautiful places to run! I have never been to NH and would love to visit sometime. I’ll let you know so you can take me on a run! Great post 🙂

  6. I’ve always liked the Rave Run feature in RW too. Great idea to share routes and linkup 😉 NH is definitely full of beautiful places to run!

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