Seacoast Greenway in New Hampshire. Photo by Monika McGillicuddy
Welcome to the East Coast Greenway in New Hampshire
The section of the East Coast Greenway that runs through New Hampshire is also known as the New Hampshire Seacoast Greenway. Travelers enter New Hampshire from the north along a road-separated walkway over the Memorial Bridge. From there, the interim 19-mile route stays on the road, hugging closely to the coast and offering continuous views of the Atlantic Ocean.
When complete, the New Hampshire spine route will total 16 miles, virtually all of it using the corridor of the Boston and Maine Railroad from Seabrook to Portsmouth. The railroad right-of-way crosses into Massachusetts, where advocates are working to turn it into a greenway. The southernmost portion of this right-of-way (4.5 miles) was acquired by the New Hampshire’s Department of Transportation. The northern section (11.5 miles) is owned by Guilford Industries/Pan Am Railways, which is negotiating the sale of the land to the state of New Hampshire for conversion to trail.
The New Hampshire Seacoast Greenway Advisory Committee doubles as the New Hampshire State Committee for the East Coast Greenway. Its members include representatives from each town along the seacoast and other partners. Current committee projects include:
- Funding the planning of the rail-trail from Seabrook to Hampton
- Developing and finalizing the trail management agreements between NHDOT and respective corridor communities.
- Advocating for the Greenway at public events
- Urging elected officials to support the Greenway
How to get involved
- Join the East Coast Greenway Alliance. As a member, you’ll receive monthly news and features about the Greenway and its development.
- “Friend” us. For news about the Greenway, timely event notices, and other updates, follow the East Coast Greenway Alliance on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
- Contact us. Let us know of your interest in volunteering. Contact:
- Scott Bogle, Rockingham Planning Commission, 603-778-0885
- Molly Henry, New England Coordinator for the East Coast Greenway, 610.348.4931
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.
- Seacoast Area Bicycle Routes www.seacoastbikes.org
- New Hampshire Trails Bureau: www.nhtrails.org
- Granite State Wheelmen www.granitestatewheelmen.com
- New Hampshire Outdoors www.nhoutdoors.com
Our partners and supporters in New Hampshire
The East Coast Greenway Alliance is proud to be working with many great partners to bring the project to completion in 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
- Friends of the Seabrook Rail Trail, http://www.seabrookrailtrail.org/nh-seacoast-greenway
- New Hampshire Blueprint for Action
- New Hampshire Benchmark Assessment
- Trail Builder’s Toolbox – ECG trail building, routing, signing, and designation materials
- Advocacy Toolkit – ECG advocacy, communications, and graphics guides and materials