Date Of Visit: August 26, 2017
Location: Shore Rd, Ogunquit, ME (2 hours and 45 minutes south of Bangor, ME and 1 hour and 15 minutes northeast of Concord, NH)
Hours: daily, sunrise to sunset
Parking: There are several parking lots in the area and limited street parking is also available. I parked at a lot on School St which is directly across from the entrance to Marginal Way. The lots usually charge by the hour. Below is a link to the municipal parking lots in the area:
Distance/Difficulty: 1.25 miles (2.5 miles round trip)/easy
Handicapped Accessible: Yes, although some areas are narrow, it is handicapped accessible
Dog Friendly: Yes, but only during certain times of the year. Dogs are permitted on the Marginal Way from October 1st to March 31st
Fitbit Stats: 2,5 miles, 4,768 steps, 752 calories
Highlights: scenic views, easy path, steps on the trail that lead to the beach
Website: Marginal Way Preservation Fund
Trail Maps: Marginal Way Trail Maps
Located Marginal Walk is anything but. With its scenic views along the rocky coastline, access to Ogunquit Beach and pretty flowers and trees, Marginal Way is a must see for anyone residing in or visiting Maine.
From the beginning of the walk, Marginal Way serves up some pretty views and a wide spectrum of colorful flowers. The flowers from Sparhawk, the hotel located next to the entrance.
There are some stunning views along the way.
The path along the walk is generally wide with some narrow areas. Most of the path is paved and I did see people with strollers. There is also a bridge that is wide enough for two traffic and also seems to be handicapped accessible.
One of the unique things about this cliff walk is that you can walk down to the beach. I noticed a few surfers ( I wish I learned how to surf in my younger days – maybe next year!)and sun seekers enjoying this part of the beach. The rocks on the beach gave the beach a more natural feel. There are also a few sandbars which allow you to walk out pretty far in the water.
Perhaps the best part of the walk, or at least the most rewarding part, is Perkins Cove at the end of the walk. There are a few eateries, several shops and a bridge. The arts and crafts shops, coffee shop and candy store (which I highly recommend) give the area a quaint feel.
Sadly, dogs were not allowed on Marginal Way during my visit since they are only allowed on the walk during the fall and winter seasons. But, I did see lots of dogs on the way to my car and at the end of the walk.
Gus, a 5 year old English Bulldog, was dressed to the nines for his photo shoot.
Landon, a 7 year old mixed hound retriever, showed me his pearly whites.
Below are some videos from my walk. Just listening to the surf is so soothing.
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