Jen's Journal

Marginal Way & Perkins Cove

Ogunquit, Maine

Trail Running Birdwatching Dog's Welcome
Boats in Perkins Cove
Maine Atlas and Gazetteer
Map 1 A5
To Get There:
Perkins Cove and Marginal Way (DeLorme Topo 3.0)
From Interstate 95, take Wells Exit 19 (old exit number 2). After passing through the Toll booth, turn Left - East - on Rt. 9. At the Intersection with Rt. 1, go South by turning Right. Stay on Rt. 1 to Ogunquit.
In center Ogunquit, turn Left onto Shore Road. This is a complicated intersection and you should be aware of pedestrians, who have the right of way. Bear Left onto Perkins Cove Road.
Parking is available in the Perkins Cove area for two hours. In the Summer, parking can be difficult to find and you may have to park in a fee lot.

Marginal Way Trail and Perkins Cove are great year-round spots for view sea birds (see Jen's Journal), especially in Winter. Other birds can be heard and seen in the bushes and trees on the inland side.
Maine's Rocky Coastline, as seen from the Marginal Way Trail
The Marginal Way Trail is a paved path the winds along Ogunquit, Maine's rocky coastline. It begins at Perkins Cove parking lot, skirting the little cove and winding North along the beach homes until it reaches the Shore Road. Benches are spaced along the trail and provide relaxing places to smell the ocean air and watch the waves.
A loop can be made by following the Shore Road, at the end of the Marginal Way Trail, to Perkins Cove Road and back to the parking area.
Perkins Cove is the tidewater basin where the Josias River meets the Atlantic Ocean. Ducks and even loons can be spotted in the waterway among the boats, diving for food.