The Marginal Way for all seasons!


There’s a timeless place-a quiet corner of the world where the land meets the sea. Where tidal pools appear like hidden jewels and the ocean’s moods gracefully smooth craggy ledges. For generations it has shaped lives, shared its secret and offered rest from our fast paced world. This is Ogunquit’s Marginal Way-a meandering path that restores the soul.

In 1923, this magnificent strip of Maine coast “on the margin” of the ocean was given to the town by Josiah Chase of York. The 1 1/4 mile footpath offers breathtaking views of the bold Atlantic coast while winding past tangled honeysuckle and bittersweet bushes, gnarled shrubs of fragrant pink and white sea roses and shaded alcoves formed by windtwisted cedar trees. This buffer shelters dozens of coastal birds, delighting birdwatchers.

The sedimentary rocks and glacial features along the footpath represent nearly a half billion years of earth’s history framing unspoiled scenic vistas. The Marginal Way is one of the finest, most spectacular and most accessible panoramas of rocky shoreline in Maine.

The Marginal Way is a treasure, not only for residents of southern Maine but for the thousands of seasonal visitors who value the uniqueness of our coast. It is open to all and easily accessible by the handicapped. For many, it may be the only way to enjoy our beautiful coast.

Don’t miss it!!!


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