Welcome to the New Hampshire Seacoast Greenway: the ECG in NH
View of the Atlantic from the East Coast Greenway route along 1A in New Hampshire. Photo: Scott Bogle.
The New Hampshire section of the East Coast Greenway is the shortest of all states along the Greenway – only 16 miles! It is known as the New Hampshire Seacoast Greenway. Currently, the entire route is on road, but plans are in the works to create an entirely off-road rail-trail from the Massachusetts border to Portsmouth.
Travelers enter New Hampshire from the north along a road-separated bike/ped walkway over the Memorial Bridge. From there, the route hugs closely to the coast for entire trek through the state, offering continuous views of the Atlantic unparalleled in any other ECG state north of Florida, including of the historic Isles of Shoals. Most of this on-road route has a shoulder, but some sections do not.
None of the New Hampshire route is off-road today, but several miles of abandoned railway are pending development. The NH spine route will total 17.2 miles, and we anticipate virtually all of it will use the corridor of the Boston and Maine Railroad from Seabrook to Portsmouth. This RR ROW crosses into Massachusetts and is being advanced there as a trail. The southernmost portion of this ROW in NH (4.5 miles) was acquired by the State of New Hampshire Department of Transportation when it was abandoned as a rail corridor, including the section passing through the Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant. The northern section (11.5 miles) is owned by Guilford Industries, which has filed for abandonment and is presently negotiating sale of the land to the State of NH, for conversion to trail. In Portsmouth, the East Coast Greenway leaves the railroad ROW and uses an on-road route to reach Memorial Bridge where it crosses into Maine.
To learn more about the trail progress and activities in New Hampshire, visit the NH Committee page.
The ECG Trip Planner allows you to generate customized point-to-point cue sheets for your ECG trip, with accompanying maps and elevation profiles, or to export your route as a GPX file to load onto your Garmin or other GPS device. The ECG smartphone app (available for both iPhones and Android) makes on-the-route navigation easy.
The ECGA is proud to be working with many great partners to bring the project to completion in the state of New Hampshire. Partners include but are not limited to:
New Hampshire Department of Transportation www.nh.gov/dot
Rockingham Planning Commission www.rpc-nh.org
Seacoast Area Bicycle Routes (SABR) www.seacoastbikes.org
New Hampshire Mile Sponsors – thank you for your support! Your inscriptions are listed on our website and will eventually be posted on a kiosk along the route in New Hampshire. Find out more about the Mile Sponsor Program.
Seacoast Area Bicycle Routes www.seacoastbikes.org
NH Trails Bureau: www.nhtrails.org
Granite State Wheelmen www.granitestatewheelmen.com
NH Outdoors www.nhoutdoors.com