Walking the Marginal Way

We are slowly making our way to Baxter State Park in Maine to begin hiking southbound on the Appalachian Trail- Maya and I for about 500 miles and Naomi the whole darn thing. The scenery throughout our drive has been gorgeous, but I want to tell you about walking the Marginal Way in Olgunquit, Maine. Marginal WayMarginal WayMarginal WayMarginal WayThe Marginal Way is a beautiful short stroll along the Atlantic coast in the quaint town of Olgunquit. Only 1.5 miles and well paved, this is a walk that almost anybody can do. We saw people of all ages enjoying the breathtaking ocean views and stopping at the numerous benched overlooks. And oh my goodness- it was hard not to covet some of the amazing beach houses along the trail. It would be pretty nice to have this view every single day! Built in 1925, the Marginal Way is coastal New England at its iconic best.Marginal WayMarginal WayMarginal WayMarginal WayMarginal Way Olgunquit MaineParking was plentiful in numerous lots throughout the area and since it was during the week, for 10 bucks we could stay as long as we liked. We took our time exploring the various shops selling everything from tourist trinkets to ornately decorated birdhouses before walking the coastal path. While walking, we saw artists drawing and painting the view, lobsterman checking their traps, kids searching for crabs along the roacks and people out and about just enjoying the day. While we didn’t stop to eat, there were tons of delicious smelling options along the walkway. Seriously, what could be better than a lobster roll, a cold beer and this gorgeous view to enjoy?Marginal Way Marginal WayMarginal WayI can’t recommend this unforgettable walk along the Marginal Way enough if you’re road tripping through Maine. The breathtaking ocean views, the unique shops, and many restaurants to choose from, this is a stop worth making.

Want to read more about our road trip through Maine? Check out some of the other beautiful places we stopped!

Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge

Southbound on the Appalachian Trail

What I Learned in the 100 Mile Wilderness

Climbing Mt. Katahdin

Mahoosuc Notch on the Appalachian Trail

As always, Happy Trails!

Marginal Way

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I love to plan family travel adventures with our four kids. Encouraging time in nature, National Parks travel, backpacking and hiking are my passions and I love to write about them.

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  • I absolutely love Maine. Most beautiful place I have ever seen. So excited about your trip. Good luck!

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