Nestled in the busy tourist town of Ogunquit, Marginal Way is a paved foot path, stretching 1.25 miles from Perkins Cove to Ogunquit Beach. The path was given to the Town of Ogunquit in 1923 and has been enjoyed by residents and visitors ever since. The path hugs the rocky sections of the shoreline, offering visitors expansive views of the ocean on one side, and maritime shrubs and impressive homes on the other.

Ornithological Summary

Marginal Way is especially well known as a viewing area for wintering populations of up to 50 Harlequin Ducks (2000, Maine Bird Notes). Peregrine Falcons, Purple Sandpipers, Common Eider, and occasionally a King Eider, can be seen from here in winter as well.

Conservation Issues

The majority of birds use the adjacent habitat in the winter, when the tourist crowd thins and the wave action provides feeding opportunities. Possible erosion of the path could be a concern, however, this area generally accommodates both heavy public use and excellent bird foraging habitat along the rocky shore. As with other coastal sites in this IBA, threat of oil spill or other overboard discharge remain a concern.


Marginal Way is owned and maintained by the Town of Ogunquit. Parking is provided at both ends: on Cottage Street in Perkins Cove and on Shore Road in Ogunquit.

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