Walking Maine’s Marginal Way!

Marginal Way Walkway Entrance 2

Marginal Way Walkway Entrance

Welcome! Today we are up in Ogunquit, Maine to explore the fantastic Marginal Way!

The paved path is maintained by the Marginal Way Preservation Fund.

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Oarweed Cove

We start our journey near Oarweed Cove (seen above). The paved path is about a mile and a quarter and makes for very easy walking! And, if we happen to get tired or want to simply stop to enjoy the view, there are plenty of benches scattered about the path.

Marginal Way Footpath

Marginal Way Footpath Map

We will use the map above (taken from the Marginal Way Preservation Fund website) to help guide our way as we head north on the path. The name “Marginal Way” came about due to the path’s being developed close to the edge of the cliffs.


Marginal Way Footbridge

We’ve come to a cool footbridge on the Marginal Way as we continue to head north. Beautiful views of the Atlantic Ocean are to our right.

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As we walk, we notice some of the vegetation growing. Here we see Eastern Red Cedar, a tough plant able to withstand the salt spray coming from the Atlantic Ocean.

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There are issues with invasive plants such as Asiatic Bittersweet along the pathway. An ongoing project to remove these plants and replace with native species is being held by the Marginal Way Preservation Fund along with Ogunquit.

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Seaside Goldenrod Marginal Way

Here we see some Seaside Goldenrod (a native plant) as we meander along this peaceful path.


Marginal Way Lighthouse

We’ve come to the Marginal Way Lighthouse, a cool feature along this walk. This is a popular spot to take photographs so go ahead and snap away!

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We see lots of cool rock formations as we walk the Marginal Way. There are two types of rocks comprising the rocky coast here consisting of metamorphic and igneous rocks. Igneous rocks originally derived from magma where metamorphic was developed from an existing rock such as sedimentary, igneous or even another older metamorphic rock through extreme heat. You can read more about the differences between metamorphic and igneous rocks here.


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We’ve arrived near the southern portion of Ogunquit Beach and the end of the Marginal Way. The Ogunquit River empties into the Atlantic Ocean close to the path.

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Common Eiders

As we approach the end of the Marginal Way we see some Common Eiders.

Other birds that may be seen along the Marginal Way include:

You can check out the latest bird sightings here!

We have reached the end of the Marginal Way.

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5 thoughts on “Walking Maine’s Marginal Way!

  1. shoreacres

    Every time I see a post from your part of the world, I get cliff-and-rock envy. We have very nice shorelines, but they tend to be flat as a pancake. I was interested to see we share seaside goldenrod, though. I see that one quite a bit around our marshy areas and wet prairies.



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