Shoreline Trail

Kittery Point, Maine

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A wonderful walk along a rocky shoreline past a cattail marsh, black sand beaches, and a view of the Isles of Shoals 9 miles away on the horizon. Situated at Kittery Point at the entrance to Portsmouth Harbor, Fort Foster on Gerrish Island was built in 1872 to protect Portsmouth and its strategic location at the mouth of the Piscataqua River between New Hampshire and Maine. When World War II began, Fort Foster was expanded to guard the harbor where the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard built warships and submarines. The town of Kittery now owns the fort; its grounds are a public recreational park. Special Features: spectacular river and ocean views, multiple swamp, woodland, and shore habitats, and tidal pools.
Nature Walks along the Seacoast: Massachusetts, New Hampshire, & Maine

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Nature Walks along the Seacoast: Massachusetts, New Hampshire, & Maine

by Julia Older & Steve Sherman (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)

A wonderful walk along a rocky shoreline past a cattail marsh, black sand beaches, and a view of the Isles of Shoals 9 miles away on the horizon. Situated at Kittery Point at the entrance to Portsmouth Harbor, Fort Foster on Gerrish Island was built in 1872 to protect Portsmouth and its strategic location at the mouth of the Piscataqua River between New Hampshire and Maine.

When World War II began, Fort Foster was expanded to guard the harbor where the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard built warships and submarines. The town of Kittery now owns the fort; its grounds are a public recreational park. Special Features: spectacular river and ocean views, multiple swamp, woodland, and shore habitats, and tidal pools.

©  Julia Older & Steve Sherman/Appalachian Mountain Club Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Walking
Nearby City: Kittery Point
Distance: 0.75
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 45 minutes
Season: Best spring through fall
Local Contacts: Fort Foster
Driving Directions: Directions to Shoreline Trail

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