The name Ogunquit means “Beautiful Place by the Sea” in the language of the Algonquin Indians. No wonder the town is famous for its beach with three miles of white sand and natural dunes but this is not the only charm of the town. Marginal Way is probably the most popular village walk in Maine. Once called “the marginal” because of its patterned development along the rocky edge of the cliff. It’s just a mile-long paved path along the Atlantic Ocean, but this mile of seaside walk is incredible.
The path is an easy walk along the waters edge with benches along the way where visitors can stop to rest and admire the natural beauty that surrounds them. This is one of the most spectacular places to enjoy scenic views of the Ocean and to watch the surf crashing against the rocks. No wonder Marginal Way is a favorite spot for artists, naturalists and photographers. It was an inspiration for the movie “The perfect Storm”.
The ocean views here are unparalleled, and I can only imagine what it would be like on a stormy day with onshore wind. This exhilarating walk meanders by tangled bayberry and bittersweet bushes, gnarled shrubs of fragrant pink and white sea roses, shaded alcoves formed by wind twisted trees.
In 1923, the magnificent Marginal Way was given as a gift to the Town of Ogunquit by farmer Josiah Chase of York. After a freak storm damaged the path in 1991, the Committee to Restore the Marginal Way and a capital fund were established to ensure its continued preservation and maintenance. General Location of the Marginal Way: The town of Ogunquit, about 12 miles north from New Hampshire. Admission: FREE
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