By Joe Hebert
Photograph by Julie Qiu Photography
01 Marginal Way
Donated to the town of Ogunquit in 1925, this mile-long expanse of oceanfront begins in Perkins Cove and takes you right into the center of downtown. During the summer months, massive shrubs of pink and white beach roses line the paved footpath. This short trip is the perfect excuse to stretch your legs after a lobster roll at the Oarweed, or one too many rum punches at Barnacle Billy’s.
02 Prouts Neck Cliff Walk
This Greater Portland walk is as famous for its stunning views of the Atlantic as it is for its proximity to Winslow Homer’s studio. Tour the rocky Scarborough coastline and witness firsthand the views that inspired the famous artist. The studio has been recently restoired, and interested parties are encouraged to inquire about tours at the Portland Museum of Art. Good sneakers are a must for this trip.
03 Giant’s Stairs Trail
Set against sleepy Bailey Island, this walking path meanders above the ocean while offering stunning views of Ragged and Orr’s Islands. The more adventurous can travel down the rocks to greet crashing waves, while others can enjoy the titular Giant’s Stairs—a craggy opening in the cliffs, where visitors pile rocks and create still-life pieces from driftwood and other washed-up debris.
04 Wolfe’s Neck Woods
A mere five-minute drive from the center of Freeport, this state park offers a Waldenesque return to nature. Upon entering, you’ll be greeted by estuaries, forests, and wide-open fields. Explore marked pathways along the water, and be sure to take a moment to admire nearby Googins Island. You’ll want binoculars for a close-up view of the resident osprey.
05 Moose Point State Park
A popular resting spot for coastal Maine travelers, this state park boasts an expansive meadow, tidal pools for exploration, forest trails, and beautiful views of the Atlantic. Enjoy an afternoon picnic right on Penobscot Bay, before continuing on to your Maine destination.
06 Shore Path
This historic Bar Harbor landmark is a well maintained half-mile path that allows visitors stunning views of Frenchmans Bay and the Porcupine Islands. Begin at the Bar Harbor Municipal Marina and continue to the edge of downtown. The views are best enjoyed during early morning, so take your time and relax on the path’s waterfront benches.