Marginal Way in Maine is one of New England’s most popular seaside walks, thanks to its endless ocean views, plentiful benches, and proximity to downtown Ogunquit.
The gift of a mile-long stretch of oceanfront property known as the “Marginal Way” is the most valuable gift the Town of Ogunquit has ever received. The initial plot was gifted in 1925 by Josiah Chase, Jr., a conservationist and former State Legislator. Chase became the first of many to exemplify an altruistic love for Ogunquit when he transferred this prime parcel to the public. Other Ogunquit landowners relayed parcels that extended the footpath by another 1/4 mile in the years that followed. It eventually grew to be about 1.25 miles long.
The paved footpath begins in a corner of Oarweed Cove and meanders through bayberry, honeysuckle, and bittersweet, as well as gnarled shrubs of fragrant pink and white sea roses that frame expansive views of the Atlantic Ocean. There are also 39 benches located at ideal viewing spots along the way. Because of its patterned development along the edge of Maine’s cliffs, the picturesque footpath is known as “the margin.” Persuasive philanthropists have worked tirelessly for more than 85 years to protect and preserve the Marginal Way.
The Marginal Way has weathered hurricanes, construction booms, and municipal budget shortfalls. The Marginal Way Committee of Ogunquit and the non-profit Marginal Way Preservation Fund, a 501.c.3 organization, deserve credit.
Marginal Way is now open to the public and completely free of charge. It usually takes about 20 minutes to walk the entire trail one way. There is plenty of parking near both entrances. Bring your lunch or snacks and enjoy them on one of the benches with ocean views!
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- Address: Marginal Way
- Town: Ogunquit
- State: Maine
- GPS: Lat 43.23995 Lng -70.58850
- Parking notes: There are three parking areas at the start, mid-point, and end of Marginal Way. If you enter Marginal Way from Shore Road (near downtown) there is some street parking and private lots which charge a fee during the summer months. Parking is very limited and fills up quickly in the summer. At the middle entrance of Marginal Way, there are several free street parking places along Stearns Rd. Lastly, there is parking at the Perkins Cove entrance. There are about 85 parking spaces at Perkins Cove.
- Parking directions: Multiple Options: Obed’s Parking Lot in Ogunquit (HERE), Mid-Point free street parking (HERE), Perkins Cove Parking (HERE)
- Location directions: HERE