If you think paddle boarding is a bit too wet and whale watching is a recipe for motion sickness, don’t worry. One of the best ways to enjoy the sights and sounds of the Maine coast is also one of the simplest – taking a nice, long walk on one of Ogunquit’s many charming walking trails. There are plenty of great places to go walking in Ogunquit, each of them with their own unique character.
Ogunquit has plenty of attractions, but the Marginal Way is undoubtedly the best-known and most popular. Originally built in 1925 and fully restored in the 1990s, the Marginal Way is a walking trail that stretches from Perkins Cove in the south to the middle of Shore Road. It may seem short at only 1.25 miles long, but every inch of it offers breathtaking vistas of the Maine coast and the town of Ogunquit. Along its length lie approximately 40 memorial benches positioned at many of the best viewpoints, making it easy to stop and take in the sights. More than 100,000 people walk the Marginal Way each year, and it’s no wonder: the path offers some of the most spectacular views and iconic scenery in southern Maine, if not all of New England.
The Wells Reserve Trail System
Though the Marginal Way offers wonderful views, the trails of the Wells Reserve offer the most educational value to be found in Ogunquit. Along the seven miles of easy to moderate Maine walking trails you’ll explore a wide variety of landscapes and wildlife habitats, from barrier beaches to coastal mudflats to mature Maine forest. The Wells Reserve is the perfect place for nature enthusiasts and wildlife lovers to take in the flora and fauna of southern Maine. Shellfish, seabirds, and land animals all make the Wells Reserve their home, and visitors can even take guided tours to learn more about the habitats and landscapes they’ll encounter on their hikes.
Though it isn’t a trail per se, one of the best places to walk in Ogunquit is along the famous and beautiful Ogunquit Beach. Condé Nast rated it as one of the top 10 beaches in the United States, and you’ll see why when you walk down its 3.5 miles. White sand, gently rolling dunes and unspoilt views define the beach, and you’ll find plenty of people enjoying the sun and the brisk Atlantic waters during the summer months. Take a swimsuit and catch some rays or just enjoy the sea breeze as you walk up and down this perfect sandy shore. You can even walk right up to your cottage door – Ogunquit Beach is only a short walk away from our hotel!