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Tour 8 - Kittery Coastal Signature Rides

Region: Maine Beaches
Highlights: beaches, swimming holes, galleries, historical landmarks, lake, pond, river views, lighthouses, museums, ocean views, rural, state/national park, urban


Tour Loops
Name Distance Terrain
York—Nubble Light 12 Gentle terrain, some hills, for almost all cyclists
Kittery—Eliot 17 Gentle terrain, some hills, for almost all cyclists
York—Kittery 22 Gentle terrain, some hills, for almost all cyclists

Historic Kittery (the oldest incorporated town in Maine) has many historic sites and spectacular views of the Piscataqua River and Portsmouth Harbor. The roads in the Kittery coastal area are a cyclist’s paradise. They feel as rural as the middle of nowhere, yet they’re in the midst of a tourist hotspot where there’s a world of fun for the whole family. Great beaches, historical treasures to explore, the best seafood, and great shopping offer something for everyone.

The 12-mile ride takes you to Nubble Light (Cape Neddick Light Station), one of the most photographed lighthouses in the world. The 17-mile ride starts in Kittery, then goes through scenic Eliot back along the Piscataqua River. The 22-mile ride goes from York to Kittery past Fort McClary, a revolutionary war fort that has extraordinary views of Portsmouth Harbor.

Special features: Sewall’s bridge, national historic civil engineering landmark; Perkins House; Emerson Wilcox House; Jefferds Tavern; historic Old Gaol Museum; one-room schoolhouse; Nubble Lighthouse; the Wiggly Bridge, the smallest suspended footbridge in the world; Fort McClary; Kittery Historical Naval Museum

Road conditions: Good roads; most roads do not have a shoulder.

Cautions: Heavy traffic on US 1, especially in the summer

Starting point: The 12- and 22-mile rides begin at York Chamber of Commerce on US 1 directly across US 1, off Exit 7 ramp from I-95. The 17-mile ride begins at the public parking lot at the intersection of ME 236 and ME 103 (Whipple Rd) in Kittery. NOTE: please do not park in the Chamber of Commerce parking lot. Use the Park & Ride lot located right off of Exit 7 on Spur Rd near Chase Pond Rd.

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