Best Trails Near Portsmouth NH

Portsmouth has 18 trails in the vicinity, including 10 hiking trails and 3 for sea kayaking. These trails range from 0.6 to 5.75 miles in length. The longest trail in Portsmouth is New Castle Island: Circumnavigation a well-known trail measuring 5.75 miles in total length.

The most popular trails are Pawtuckaway State Park, Boulder Field Trail, Brooks Trail and Odiorne Point State Park Trail. Trails.com member Owolgamotpetra K. recently completed Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge.

More information on the best trails in Portsmouth can be found below.
  • Pawtuckaway State Park, South Mountain Loop

    3 Reviews

    Portsmouth, NH

    Enveloped in a rolling mix of woodlands typical of southeastern New Hampshire, the popular trail to South Mountain passes marshes, brooks, ponds, and pools. High on my list of early-season walks, ...
    •  4.9 miles
    •  Guide

    Enveloped in a rolling mix of woodlands typical of southeastern New Hampshire, the popular trail to South Mountain passes ...

  • New Castle Island: Circumnavigation

    2 Reviews

    Portsmouth, NH

    New Castle is not only one of New England’s oldest settlements, but also the only town in New Hampshire completely contained on an island. It is an interesting paddle because of the busy working ...
    •  Day Trip
    •  5.75 miles
    •  Guide

    New Castle is not only one of New England’s oldest settlements, but also the only town in New Hampshire completely contained ...

  • Odiorne Point State Park

    2 Reviews

    Portsmouth, NH

    For a relaxed time alone, with a mate, or with youngsters on single-speed bikes, the smooth, flat terrain offers plenty of enjoyment. The day won't be spent entirely on the bicycle either, as ...
    •  40 minutes
    •  3 miles
    •  Guide

    For a relaxed time alone, with a mate, or with youngsters on single-speed bikes, the smooth, flat terrain offers plenty of ...

  • Pawtuckaway State Park, Boulder Field Trail

    2 Reviews

    Portsmouth, NH

    The Boulder Field hike is perfect for one of those lazy afternoons when you feel like poking around outside, but would just as soon avoid strenuous exertion. As it happens, a portion of this ...
    •  2.6 miles
    •  Guide

    The Boulder Field hike is perfect for one of those lazy afternoons when you feel like poking around outside, but would just ...

  • Urban Forestry Center, Brooks Trail

    1 Reviews

    Portsmouth, NH

    Enter the 180 acres of the Urban Forestry Center and you swiftly escape the commercial hubbub of metropolitan Portsmouth. Demonstration forest plantations and ecological study areas permanently ...
    •  2 miles
    •  Guide

    Enter the 180 acres of the Urban Forestry Center and you swiftly escape the commercial hubbub of metropolitan Portsmouth. ...

  • Star Island Shore Trail

    1 Reviews

    Portsmouth, NH

    One of nine islands 9 miles off Portsmouth, New Hampshire, with a wealth of migratory birds and seabirds, profuse wildflowers, an old-time hotel, and centuries of history. All nine islands are ...
    •  1 hour
    •  1.75 miles
    •  Guide

    One of nine islands 9 miles off Portsmouth, New Hampshire, with a wealth of migratory birds and seabirds, profuse wildflowers, ...

  • Odiorne Point State Park Trail

    0 Reviews

    Portsmouth, NH

    Odiorne Point State Park’s 135 acres include 2 miles of seashore, the largest undeveloped coastal tract in New Hampshire. Extending from Odiorne Point to the Witch Creek salt marsh, the park ...
    •  2 hours
    •  2.2 miles
    •  Guide

    Odiorne Point State Park’s 135 acres include 2 miles of seashore, the largest undeveloped coastal tract in New Hampshire. ...

  • Hampton Beach and Portsmouth, NH

    0 Reviews

    Portsmouth, NH

    New Hampshire’s shape is close to triangular, with a bulge near the base taking up little space along the New England coast. This itinerary is short because the shoreline area is an interlude ...
    •  One day to several days
    •  Guide

    New Hampshire’s shape is close to triangular, with a bulge near the base taking up little space along the New England coast. ...

  • New Hampshire Striper Fishing

    0 Reviews

    Portsmouth, NH

    Gamefish observe no political boundaries and thus are blissfully unaware that the short, 20-mile coastline they forage between Massachusetts and Maine belongs to New Hampshire. This segment of ...
    •  Guide

    Gamefish observe no political boundaries and thus are blissfully unaware that the short, 20-mile coastline they forage between ...

  • River and Bridge Trail

    0 Reviews

    Portsmouth, NH

    An urban walk through the gardens of Prescott Park along the busy Piscataqua River, and a walk on Memorial Bridge for a gull’s-eye view of the historical town, tugs, tankers, and lobster boats. ...
    •  1 hour
    •  0.6 miles
    •  Guide

    An urban walk through the gardens of Prescott Park along the busy Piscataqua River, and a walk on Memorial Bridge for a gull’s-eye ...

  • Brooks Trail

    0 Reviews

    Portsmouth, NH

    A winding passage through roomy forest to the sparkling saltwater marshes of Sagamore Creek. John Elwyn Stone’s estate provides technical guidance on the care of urban trees and shrubs, helping ...
    •  1 hour
    •  2 miles
    •  Guide

    A winding passage through roomy forest to the sparkling saltwater marshes of Sagamore Creek. John Elwyn Stone’s estate provides ...

  • Portsmouth Harbor

    0 Reviews

    Portsmouth, NH

    A quiet exploration of the islands and wooded shoreline between Portsmouth, New Castle, and Rye. We have paddled this route countless times—it is only about a mile from where we live in Portsmouth. ...
    •  1.5 hours
    •  4.5 miles
    •  Guide

    A quiet exploration of the islands and wooded shoreline between Portsmouth, New Castle, and Rye. We have paddled this route ...

  • Urban Forestry Center, Brooks Trail

    0 Reviews

    Portsmouth, NH

    A winding passage through roomy forest to the sparkling saltwater marshes of Sagamore Creek. John Elwyn Stone (1922–74) put into action his enthusiasm for the stewardship of land and sea by donating ...
    •  1 hour
    •  2 miles
    •  Guide

    A winding passage through roomy forest to the sparkling saltwater marshes of Sagamore Creek. John Elwyn Stone (1922–74) put ...

  • Odiorne Point State Park Trail

    0 Reviews

    Portsmouth, NH

    Odiorne Point State Park in Rye, between Portsmouth and Rye Beach on New Hampshire’s sliver of coastline, is a perfect place to be after fresh snow falls on the southern seacoast. Get there ...
    •  2 hours
    •  3.25 miles
    •  Guide

    Odiorne Point State Park in Rye, between Portsmouth and Rye Beach on New Hampshire’s sliver of coastline, is a perfect place ...

  • Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge

    0 Reviews

    Portsmouth, NH

    Hikers who explored this saltwater shoreline 15 years ago would have found themselves in trouble. Once part of the Pease Air Force Base where high-security nuclear bombers lumbered into the sky, ...
    •  2 miles
    •  Guide

    Hikers who explored this saltwater shoreline 15 years ago would have found themselves in trouble. Once part of the Pease ...

  • Great Bay Estuarine Reserve

    0 Reviews

    Portsmouth, NH

    Great Bay is a critical natural environment where three freshwater rivers empty into the tidal salt water of a vast inland bay. Located on the Atlantic Flyway, the nutrient-rich waters, marshes, ...
    •  1 miles
    •  Guide

    Great Bay is a critical natural environment where three freshwater rivers empty into the tidal salt water of a vast inland ...

  • Little Harbor Loop Trail

    0 Reviews

    Portsmouth, NH

    Little Harbor Loop Trail is a hiking trail in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. It is 1.2 miles long and begins at 26 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.1 miles with a total elevation gain ...
    •  1.2 miles

    Little Harbor Loop Trail is a hiking trail in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. It is 1.2 miles long and begins at 26 feet altitude. ...

  • Isles of Shoals: A Tour of Appledore, Duck, Smuttynose, and Lunging Islands

    0 Reviews

    Portsmouth, NH

    The Isles of Shoals, 10 miles off the New Hampshire coast, is one of New England’s more ambitious sea kayak trips. It’s a 7.5-mile open-water paddle from Rye Harbor; 10 miles from Portsmouth. ...
    •  Day Trip
    •  4 miles
    •  Guide

    The Isles of Shoals, 10 miles off the New Hampshire coast, is one of New England’s more ambitious sea kayak trips. It’s a ...