Marginal Way
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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About
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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  • 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
    13 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
    22 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 Island16 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, Michigan711 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, Virginia470 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, Pennsylvania609 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
  • mcgotes
    Dallas, Texas383 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning, safe pathway along the Atlantic coast!
    Safe, beautiful mile plus pathway along the Atlantic coast! Breathtaking views, with beautiful homes, guest houses, hotels, and gardens. Easy walk, with intermittent areas to sit, enjoy the views, and take photos!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 August 2023
  • Kathleen C
    North Reading, Massachusetts10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Go for sunrise, avoid the crowds
    Must do if stopping in Ogunquit. Paved. Only 1.25 miles, we started at 5:45 am at the Sparhawk Inn, walked to Perkins Cove and the footbridge and back before most even had awakened! Get your photos and steps in early before the crowds (late September midweek was still full parking lots at Perkins cove and on beach street by noon. We walked at twilight sunrise and it was perfect. Rainbow was during a shower the afternoon before.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 22 September 2023
  • napagirl2
    New York City, New York344 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Just beautiful
    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.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 14 October 2023
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Sheargenius55
New Hampshire164 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
My partner and I always love walking down Marginal Way when visiting. Beautiful path with nice views, places to sit and enjoy as well.
Written 26 May 2024
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chiantiConnecticut
connecticut1,033 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
can anyone comment on how this passed? Its HUGE and just feet away from the Marginal Way...running past bench 32, and way before it...saw the bulldozed claw ripping out plants just feet away from the benches...people are asking when does the noise stop...the construction is major major big...and Loud. sure it must be private land, but still wouldn't a place as UNIQUE as Marginal Way have protections in place from the town from this over building. Pls experts and town officials weigh in and comment. This project looks extremely detrimental to the coastline view, and all that we treasure on Marginal Way, When I say huge, take a walk on the path, "you will not believe how long this dig excavation goes, and how deep and close it is to the path. A shame. Why is it not online... ? Did town residents complain? where are the minutes? pls let us all know...people are all commenting today on the path, in shock really..and it is so noisy you cannot sit on any of the benches near the worksite, which is long and huge. Pls post, we all want to know.
Written 23 May 2024
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weluv2travelanywhere
Malden, MA88 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Beautiful, easy walk along the coast. The views are gorgeous. Plenty of places to stop along the way to sit and enjoy the sounds of the waves crashing and hear many different types of birds.
Written 29 April 2024
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Fodera
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Loved strolling marginal way, such a refreshing iconic place to view the ocean and enjoy the sunshine on your face, all the while getting some exercise in, highly recommend!
Written 12 March 2024
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George C
Mashpee, MA49 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, RI12 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, GA49 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, Canada66 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, NY344 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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