Marginal Way in Ogunquit, Maine is a 1.25-mile scenic coastal walk with the rocky coastline on one side of you and natural pollinators and trees lining the other side of the walking path.
We took a ride up to Marginal Way in Ogunquit, Maine the other day to take a stroll down the walking path. The stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean crashing against the rocky coastline were breathtaking, and there is nothing like a salty Summer breeze.
Marginal Way is a 1.25-mile-long paved walking path that runs along the coastline. The walking path is called the “margin” because it sits in between the land and sea, with cliffs, sandy coves, and tidal pools on one side and land, trees, and flowers on the other side of the path.
Marginal Way is a popular destination for tourists and locals alike. We live about 30 minutes away so it’s a quick ride up the coast for us.
It’s one of my favorite quick trips to take in the Summer – the path offers stunning views of the ocean and the surrounding landscape.
History of Marginal Way
Established back in 1925 after most of the land was donated to the town of Ogunquit, Marginal Way is one of the only public footpaths along the oceanfront here in New England. Local residents cleared the pathways and it was originally a wooden boardwalk. The path is maintained by the town of Ogunquit, and it is open year-round for visitors to enjoy.
The little more than a mile pathway joins Ogunquit Beach and Perkins Cove.
Overall, the history of Marginal Way is a testament to the local residents. They saw the potential in a simple footpath and transformed it into a beautiful walkway that has become an iconic attraction in Ogunquit.
Location and Access
How to Get There
The GPS took me to Shore Road, where I found the entrance to Marginal Way. If you’re coming from the north, take Route 1 south to Ogunquit, and turn right on Shore Road. If you’re coming from the south, take Route 1 north to Ogunquit, and turn left on Shore Road.
We found a free 2-hour parking spot up the road from the entrance by the small lighthouse. You can find a list of parking lots and their fees on the Ogunquit town website.
Marginal Way Scenic Walk
The Marginal Way pathway is about 5 feet wide and paved, plus it is mostly flat. There is plenty of room to push a stroller and there were lots of families on the walk on this gorgeous Summer day.
As I walked along Marginal Way, the stunning ocean views took my breath away. The sparkling blue water stretches out as far as the eye can see, and all you can hear is the waves crashing against the rocky coast.
There are plenty of areas to walk down on the rocks to get closer to the water and there are tidal pools tucked in all along the walk to explore.
There are also lots of rock formations that are not walkable, but make great photos!
To the left of the small lighthouse, you will find a set of stairs that will bring you down to a small sandy beach area to dip your toes into the sand. There were people sitting in beach chairs and relaxing down here too.
The view really is magnificent! In the distance is Ogunquit Beach which stretches up the coast. It’s a popular Summer destination in Maine and is known for its beautiful, sandy beach.
The flora along Marginal Way is equally impressive.
The path winds through lush greenery, native pollinator plants, wildflowers, beach roses, and interesting trees lining the entire walk.
I wish I could bottle up the scent of saltwater mingled with the sweet fragrance of beach roses! It was incredible.
There are large fields of native pollinators like echinacea, butterfly weed, and milkweed. We were visiting before the Monarch butterflies arrived to Maine but I’m sure this field will be loaded with them in a few weeks!
Overall, Marginal Way is a nature lover’s dream come true. The stunning ocean views and vibrant flora combine to create an unforgettable experience.
Activities and Attractions
I absolutely love walking this trail. The trail is well-maintained and easy to navigate, making it accessible for people of all ages and fitness levels.
Wear comfortable shoes! If you intend to walk on the rocks leave the flip-flops at home and opt for sneakers.
Along Marginal Way, there are 39 benches lining the pathway to take a break and soak in the stunning scenery.
There are also plenty of photo opportunities, so make sure to bring your camera or smartphone.
Artists also set up their easels along the pathway to paint and draw.
Perkins Cove is a charming fishing village located at the southern end of Marginal Way and is home to several shops, galleries, and restaurants.
It is straight out of a Hallmark movie set!
Don’t miss the walking bridge over the Ogunquit River. There is a pretty view from the center, it’s a great spot to take a family photo when you are visiting.
You will also find plenty of spots to grab lunch or a cold drink. The seafood is straight-off-the-boat fresh!
There are also public restrooms that were very clean.
Cute shops line the Cove where you can grab gifts, candy, or a souvenir sweatshirt to bring home with you.
This is the kind of shop that I get lost in, I love looking at every single thing!
My favorite pieces were the driftwood, rock, and sea glass heart yard sculptures.
Overall, there’s no shortage of things to see and do around Marginal Way. Whether you’re a nature lover, a history buff, or a foodie, you’re sure to find something that interests you.
Things To Keep In Mind
As someone who has visited Marginal Way several times, I want to make sure that everyone who visits this beautiful place is aware of the rules and regulations. Here are some important things you need to know:
- There are no pets allowed on Marginal Way.
- No bikes, skateboards, or rollerblades.
- It’s carry-in/carry-out trash so plan accordingly.
- Wear Sunscreen! There isn’t shade.
- Wear comfortable, safe shoes.
You can see why Marginal Way scenic coastal walkway is so popular with visitors to Maine and locals alike. This family-friendly attraction is the perfect place to spend a few hours on a sunny day.
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