Scenic coastal views, rural back roads, and friendly motorists make cycling and walking in the Kennebunks a must-do activity. The area is relatively flat and points of interest are easily accessible. Here are some beautiful rides or walks, sure to please everyone!
Scenic Oceanside Walking Tours
- Parsons Way Shore Walk: This coastal walk offers wonderful views of the ocean and summer homes. Parson’s Way is a 4.8 mile round trip that begins at Dock Square.
- Kennebunk Beaches Walk: The Kennebunk Beaches are all connected by sidewalks. With 1.5 miles from Gooch’s Beach to Lord’s Point, it’s a 3 mile round trip. Want to walk a bit further? You can walk past Lord’s Point for about .6 miles, making the total walk 4.2 miles.
- Goose Rocks Beach Walk: Great for walkers who want to explore, there are no sidewalks along this 3 mile stretch of fine silver white sand beach. You may come across the barrier reef rock formation known as ‘Goose Rocks’ (at low tide), as well as piping plovers & lesser terns nesting in the beach grass and sand dunes. You may even find some sand dollars! Goose Rocks Beach is approximately 3 miles long and a signpost across from the Clock Farm Landmark points the way.
Scenic Biking & Walking Trails
- Ocean Avenue and Cape Porpoise: Definitely bring your camera on this 8-mile ride or walk. Head out of Dock Square on Ocean Avenue with the water on your right. Ocean Avenue is heavily traveled so families with young children may want to take another route. You will be riding or walking parallel to the Kennebunk River, which takes you to a working fishing village with great vistas and traditional Maine fare.
- Kennebunk Beach: From Dock Square, go up the hill to the traffic light and take a left onto Beach Avenue. Also known as Mother’s Beach, there are short sections of soft sand and large granite rocks. Look for boats, lighthouses, and seashells. The winding boardwalk is perfect for bikes with children over 9.
- Bridal Path: Flat dirt path that parallels the Mousam River. This is an excellent ride for beginners and families. Park at Sea Road School on Sea Road for access.
- Wonderbrook Park: Muddy, hilly, technical loops of interconnected trails. They are short but fun and include some bridge and log crossings. This is best combined with a road ride because of the short distance. Located at 16 Plummer Lane, off Summer Street.
- Kennebunk Land Trust: The Kennebunk Land Trust also offers scenic spots for walking, hiking, and riding.
- Kennebunkport Conservation Trust, Gravelly Brook Road: Trails vary in length, width, topography, and use. Some are conducive to bird watching and viewing wildlife, others for hiking, biking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing.
- Wells Reserve at Laudholm: Seven miles of easy to moderate trails. Trails are available year-round for hiking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing.
- Marginal Way Preservation Fund: One of New England’s only paved, public shoreline footpaths, this vacationland jewel spans a little more than a mile along a spectacular coast and connects Perkins Cove to Ogunquit Beach. Come for sweeping panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean.
- Eastern Trail: A 65-mile section of the East Coast Greenway stretching from Kittery to South Portland, has entrances in both Kennebunk (at Kennebunk Elementary School off Alewive Road) and Arundel (on Limerick Road). The trail is perfect for walking and cycling, as well as snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. The trail, which is approximately 10 feet wide, is also dog friendly. The Eastern Trail website includes more information, maps, and trail rules.