We love Portsmouth for its small city vibe, with a historic downtown and a happening nightlife. But venture not too far from downtown and you'll find several places to enjoy some beautiful Northern New England scenery. Next time you're on a lark to Portsmouth, stay at one of our boutique Portsmouth hotels and explore these recommendations for nature walks near Portsmouth. You'll learn about the history of the area, see some lighthouses, and experience the draw of Seacoast New Hampshire's coastal beauty.
Fort Foster Park | Pocahontas Rd, Kittery Point | (207) 439-2182
This historic 88-acre park was once used by the army to protect the entrance to Portsmouth Harbor during the first and second World Wars. Now, it's used for picnicking, swimming, and nature walks near Portsmouth. Just a 20-minute drive from downtown Portsmouth, you'll head over the Piscatiqua River to Kittery, Maine and through some of the cutest parts of this coastal town. At the fort, you're looking back at Portsmouth, where you can see Whaleback Light, Portsmouth Harbor Light, and Fort Constitution. Walk along the water, through the abandoned battleworks, or through the woods on wide trails.
Odiorne Point State Park | Route 1A, Rye | (603) 436-7406
First a summer residence for the American Indians in the area, these 300 acres were settled by Englishmen John Odiorne in the 1660s. The land served as a trading port and farmland for the burgeoning English settlement until like Fort Foster, it was purchased by the federal government and used to defend the entrance to Portsmouth Harbor. Now a state park, there's picnic facilities, beaches, and trails through the woods. Also in the park is The Seacoast Science Center, open to the public year-round and managed by New Hampshire Audubon. The science center offers interactive programs for all ages on the Seacoast habitat and the creatures that live there.
Urban Forestry Center | 45 Elwyn Rd, Portsmouth | (603) 431-6774
This diminutive park is perfect for anyone looking for a quick walk near downtown. Just a 5-minute drive from the urban center, the Forestry Center has a miles of trails through the woods and along a salt marsh. Learn about the ecology of inland forests or just relax and enjoy the quiet. No matter the season, these nature walks near Portsmouth are a great way to get out and enjoy the New England scenery!