Marginal Way
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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Marginal Way is a scenic 1.5-mile cliff walk that hugs the Atlantic Ocean, starting at Shore Road in Ogunquit and ending at Perkins Cove. As you stroll along this easy paved walk, you'll get stunning views of the ocean, and pass by rocky cliffs, tide pools, shallow beaches and also the Lobster Point Lighthouse. There are also plenty of stops along the way where you can rest and watch the sunset. It gets busy during summer, so visit during fall or spring to beat the crowds and heat. You can also book a stay at one of the B&Bs along the coast, and explore the rest of coastal Maine on a guided tour. – Tripadvisor
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  • USMCRip
    Merrimack, New Hampshire1,795 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    It is a very nice walk along the shore/ocean
    Parking at either end can be an issue during the warmer months. April is not a warm month. It is a little over a mile walk. Easy walk and paved all the way. Plenty of benches to rest and/or just watch the ocean. Not very wide so when it is busy you may need to walk single file. Beautiful views of the ocean. There are a few places you can walk down to the water. Try this nice walk and Enjoy the Maine Coast.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 April 2023
  • BrotherDerrick
    Springfield, Massachusetts347 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    picturesque and easy to walk
    Easy walk with spectacular views. paved with some small upgrades. Only About a mile with eateries right at the Perkins Cove end. We started in Ogunquit and parked at the paid parking lot. The parking lot kiosk takes credit cards and about $5 an hour, easy peasy. We paid for 3 hours so that we could have lunch before we got back and still had half hour of time left when we returned to our car. We’re so glad that we did this but wouldn’t want to do it in the summer when there’s more people walking and the restaurants are more crowded.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 May 2023
  • Kim R
    Springfield, Massachusetts536 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful walk
    Marginal Way was a great walk on a beautiful day. We found it easily enough and then had no problems finding parking. Of course, this is in early May and not yet in peak season. It is a beautiful walk, but I can imagine it gets really crowded. There are a few spots you can climb down on the rocks. It's a paved walkway, fairly easy for any ability. There are also plenty of benches along the way to take a break and enjoy the view.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 May 2023
  • Mike L
    Saint James, New York188 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice ocean walk
    A very nice stroll along the ocean. About 1 1/4 miles. A little difficult to find the entrance in town. Beautiful ocean views. It ends at Perkins Cove, where there are nice shops and restaurants, so you can have a bite before returning. It's an easy walk but a bit narrow, so i imagine it must be crowded during high season.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 13 June 2023
  • Rebecca T
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Win win!!
    The most beautiful scenery!! We took so many pictures. The waves crashing, the sea roses, and the rocks all added up to a beautiful walk. It is a little hilly, but not too difficult to walk. Perkins Cove is at one end and ogunquit is at the other. Win win.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 16 June 2023
  • Richard P
    23 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Marginal Way
    Gorgeous paved walk along the sea and cliffs starting at Orweeds Restaurant in Perkins cove and finishing at the Beach. About 1 1/4 miles. The walk is very well maintained and features about 50 nice benches and a mahogany bridge. What town has a mahogany bridge? There are beautiful plants along the route and many varieties of bird perfect for bird watchers. It can get busy but is never overcrowded. Very scenic with ocean views.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 July 2023
  • Lisa B
    Cranston, Rhode Island5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Heaven on Earth
    Heaven on Earth is how I describe the Marginal Way. I first discovered this gorgeous location in August 2000. Since then, I have been coming back here each year to take this tranquil stroll. I love sitting on the benches or the rocks and just appreciating the view and the world. I love all the small beaches embedded near the hotels. I love admiring all the houses and hotels along the way, too. The flowers are spectacular, as well as all the landscaping along the way. It’s something everyone should see in their lifetime. 🌺
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 15 July 2023
  • Larry G
    Bloomfield Hills, Michigan725 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the Top 10 Walking Trails in the World
    Not kidding. One mile long. Paved. No dogs allowed. Very few kids. Lots of elderly with canes. One end starts at the Ogunquit village and the other end starts at the marina restaurants. Best views of the Atlantic Ocean and spectacular homes.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 19 July 2023
  • dfb260
    Staunton, Virginia472 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great walk! Great views!
    Great, oceanside walk. Paved and not too uneven; accessible for wheelchairs and physically challenged persons. No charge; open to the public. Finding nearby parking may be challenging and expensive. Beautiful views! Take water.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 23 July 2023
  • scranton38
    Sayre, Pennsylvania553 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful Daily Walk
    This was my early morning walk while vacationing at the Beachmere. They have a couple of entrances to the way and it was perfect. Mostly walkers in the early hours but a few joggers, too. Everyone seems polite if you want to pass or need to be passed. Beautiful houses and scenery to see. You can even walk to the restaurants in Perkins Cove if you want to!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 July 2023
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George C
Mashpee, MA30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Stunning views, easy walk, happy we went in December, not crowded at all. Celebrated our 10th anniversary and New Year's Eve. I think this might be an annual thing!
Written 2 January 2024
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Susan K
Rumford, RI4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
The Marginal Way is spectacular. The walk was great and I wanted to soak up the truly gorgeous views. The path is well- maintained and relatively flat. The Marginal Way is not to be missed on a. Is it to Ogunquit!
Written 7 November 2023
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WashingtonDCMOM101
washington dc19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
This has spectacular views of the coast and great photo and selfie opportunities. It is a great walk and is highly recommended.
Written 29 October 2023
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bulldozerNewJersey
Sandy Springs, GA41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Extraordinary view of the shore. Very breathtaking. Great photo opportunities
Easy walking trail. All made for a memorable day trip.
Written 27 October 2023
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Leslie S
Oakville, Canada40 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Terrific trail that is well maintained. Beautiful coastal scenery with lots of opportunities to go to the rocks and sand through safe stairs. Over 30 benches to sit down and partake in the spectacular views. Some up and downs but mostly easy to traverse
Written 26 October 2023
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napagirl2
New York City, NY370 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Went here in October and it was still moderately busy. Cannot imagine trying to navigate the walkway when it is very crowded in the summer. Had to spend 25 dollars to park but it was worth it. Gorgeous scenery with plenty of places to sit and take pictures. Very relaxing and you can check out some of the beautiful homes and hotels along the walkway. Perkins cove has some nice shops and restaurants. Beautful town which gets extremely busy in the summer months and apparently off season too.
Written 14 October 2023
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burkejh
Punta Gorda, FL18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Amazing views worth the ride. We enjoyed the walkway along the coast, watching the waves break on the rocks and dreaming about the beautiful homes that we passed.
Written 7 October 2023
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Eric M
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Very nice walk along the coast in Ogunquit. Beautiful, rocky coast of SE Maine with lots of benches for sitting on and taking in the inspiring view.
Written 30 September 2023
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Christina C
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Perfect, literally walking along the oceans edge in Maine is a perfect day! From ogunquit to Perkins Cove, I lovely little village and great place to have lunch, you just need to do it!
Written 29 September 2023
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Lesly E
Salida, CO7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
Majestic
Beautiful town
Friendly people
So glad we drove to Ogunquit amd walked Marginal Way. Highly recommended
Written 28 September 2023
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