Marginal Way Walk

Ogunquit, Maine 3907

Distance1.0mi
Elevation Gain277ft
Trailhead Elevation34ft
Top41ft
Elevation Min/Max1/41ft
Elevation Start/End34/34ft

Marginal Way Walk

Marginal Way Walk is a hiking trail in Ogunquit, Maine. It is a mile long and begins at 34 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 277 feet. Near the trailhead there is a parking. The Little Beach (elevation 0 feet) beach can be seen along the trail.

Marginal Way Walk Professional Reviews and Guides

"This is a prime site for a variety of seabirds, especially those that spend winters off the Maine coast. Common species include cormorants, Long-tailed Duck, and Common Eider. Occasionally King Eider show up here. Other ducks include American Black Duck, Bufflehead, Gadwall, Common Goldeneye, and Whitewinged Scoter. Marginal Way is famous for its population of Harlequin Duck. The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (DIF&W) listed Harlequin Duck as threatened in 1997.

As of 2006 DIF&W estimated the eastern North American population of harlequins at somewhere between 1,800 and 2,000 individuals. Of these, about 1,300 spend the winter in Maine. Harlequins are seldom seen because they spend much of their time on the barren shores of Maine’s offshore islands. However, several flocks spend the winter off Ogunquit, and these are what visitors to Marginal Way see. A visit here is by far the easiest way to see Harlequin Duck. Also present are Common and Red-throated Loon, Ring-billed Gull, Black Guillemot, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, American Crow, and Fish Crow."

"Walk an oceanside trail meandering along rocky cliffs above the Atlantic Ocean near Ogunquit, Maine. The walk starts by Ogunquit Beach and then heads south, working for a couple of blocks through the heart of touristy Ogunquit.

Rejoin the coastline, savoring sweeping aquatic panoramas of the Atlantic beyond, with outcrops, coves, and small beaches in the foreground. The nearly century-old path ends where former fishing boat docks now harbor resort restaurants."

"This cliffside footpath along a craggy shoreline is one of the most popular walkways on the north Atlantic coast. Marginal Way offers spectacular shoreline vistas from a rounded promontory extending north to the Ogunquit River.

Special Features: easy all the way for all ages, paved trail, benches, lookouts, wonderful 180-degree ocean views, interesting geological features, including a boar’s head and trap dikes, and universally accessible."

"A village hike along a mile-long headland on the Atlantic Ocean. Marginal Way is probably the most popular village walk in Maine. The village of Ogunquit is a famous tourist town, full of curio shops and fine restaurants. The walk along Marginal Way is a fitting end to a day of shopping and eating.

The ocean views here are unparalleled, and if you come here on a stormy day with an onshore wind, you can see the wrath of the open ocean as it batters the rocky shore. This setting would appeal to a filmmaker shooting a scary mystery. In fact, Marginal Way is a favored spot for artists, naturalists, and photographers. General location: The town of Ogunquit, about 12 miles north of the New Hampshire border, in York County."

Marginal Way Walk Reviews

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8/5/2006
Pleasant, very easy walk with some spectactular views. My wife and I even saw a pup harbor seal along the cliffs! The rocks are a nice option to scramble around on.
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Trail Information

Ogunquit
Nearby City
Town of Ogunquit
Local Contacts
DeLorme: Maine Atlas and Gazetteer: Page 1, A5
Local Maps