Odiorne Point State Park Trail Professional Review and Guide
"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 quickly, because the snow never lasts long along the shore!) A network of walking paths skirt the scenic shoreline, wind through upland forests and meadows, and twist around freshwater and saltwater marshes and a pond. This is a great snowshoe hike for families, with added bonuses; tidepooling at the park is fantastic, and the on-site Science Center (with special programs, exhibits, and touch tanks) is open year-round.
The pristine, 300-acre park was once the site of a well-to-do summer colony and resort hotel. Today, it is the largest undeveloped stretch of shore on New Hampshire’s 18-mile coast and home to a variety of habitats. Standing on the rocky shoreline, you’ll face the edge of the Gulf of Maine and the mouth of the Piscataqua River. The Gulf of Maine is a semi-enclosed sea bounded to the south and east by tall underwater banks of land that form a barrier to the North Atlantic. It is said to be one of the world’s most biologically productive environments, home to more than 300 animals and thousands of invertebrate and plant species."