The Seacoast is a fantastic place to ride a bicycle. Settled as early as 1632 (Portsmouth and Dover Point) today's roadways stem from a centuries-old series of narrow carriage roads that are both the boon and the bane of riding a bike in the region. Most of the vehicular traffic in the Seacoast sticks to Routes 1, 1A, 101, 16, 4, I95 and the city streets of Portsmouth, Dover, Exeter and Hampton, leaving miles of lightly-trafficked 35-mph roads along the coast and through the countryside for bicycle nirvana. Though New Hampshire's Seacoast is only 17 miles long (the shortest of any state with a coastline), it offers some of the most scenic, beautiful coastal riding on the Atlantic Seaboard.
NEW HAMPSHIRE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION BICYCLE ROUTE MAPS
Statewide and Regional Bicycle Route Maps have been produced by the NH Department of Transportation.
Printed copies of statewide and regional bicycle route maps can be obtained from the New Hampshire Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator Larry Keniston at 603-271-2468.
MAINE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION BICYCLE ROUTE MAPS
For copies of The Maine Bike Map, call the Maine DOT at 207-287-6600.
(Maine's bike touring site)
Info on bicycle touring in Maine is available at the Maine DOT Bicycle Tour Homepage
EASTERN TRAIL MAPSThe Eastern Trail Alliance is working hard to reestablish the railroad corridor in southern Maine from Kittery to Portland as a recreational greenway.
Maps of the on-road version of the eastern Trail are available in theEastern Trail On-Road Guide
The On-Road guide is only available as a PDF document. You will need Adobe Acrobat to open the PDF version of the guide.
EAST COAST GREENWAYWalkers, cyclists, and other trail advocates have joined forces around an audacious project, a 2,900 mile traffic-free path linking East Coast cities from Maine to Florida. Launched only 10 years ago, this vision for an urban alternative to the highly popular Appalachian Trail is quickly becoming a reality.
East Coast Greenway Alliance: www.greenway.org
NH Seacoast Greenway Committee: www.nhseacoastgreenway.org
Maps of the East Coast Greenway