Many people come to Maine each year to cross The Marginal Way off their bucket list. It is a truly spectauclar trail along the ocean. We'd love to share a local's view of the area, including some lesser known and spectacular trails in southern Maine near York Harbor's Stage Neck Inn.
While it is just over a mile long, the terrain along The Marginal Way is diverse. You are guided along the ocean's edge, essentially in the front yards of those who live in this section of southern Maine. The Marginal Way starts not far from the center of Ogunquit (across the street from the intersection of Shore Road and Obeds Lane). From this end of the route, you can easily see Ogunquit Beach and the tidal inlets.
The trail is dotted with benches which have been sponsored by individuals who have loved this spot. There's even a section in which the trail somewhat cuts back upon itself. Here, when the tide is high and waves come iin a small blow-hole affect happens. At the end of the trail is Perkins Cover. This is a beautiful location in and of itself. The colors and arrangement of boats within the harbor is always appealing.
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Further south, York Harbor offers some lesser-known trails which originate off of Route 1A (the coastal route that winds by Long Sands Beach). York Harbor is where The York River and The Atlantic Ocean meet, essentially at the peninsula upon which Stage Neck Inn is sited. So, in addition to walking along the beach at Long Sands, visitors to this area have a choice of nice routes for strolling, walking or jogging.
The first we'll share is "Fisherman's Walk" which winds along one side of the Harbor, ending at Route 103. From this point, you can experience "The Wiggly Bridge". One of the wonderful things about York is that many of her historic buildings have been preserved. You will see many of these on the "York River Walk". As you walk down the hill of Lindsey Road, by Hancock Wharf, to Sewell's Bridge you will be greeted with another landscape that may take your breath away. This time, rather than ocean or harbor, you'll be visiting a section of working riverfront. The colorful boats and lobster traps enhance nature's beauty. If you want to see more of the historic architecture of the area, following the "York Harbor Loop" trail will take you from York Harbor to York Village and back.
Here is a link to a map of these trails along York Harbor. Please help keep this area beautiful by taking only photos and leaving only footprints.
images of Perkins Cove ©Steven Perlmutter, used with permission; winter Hancock Wharf image ©Kristi Borst, used with permission.