Hiking – South Coast Beaches

South Coast Maine Hiking

maine hiking trailsSouth Coast and Beaches of Maine is an ideal place for your outdoor adventure. The western portion of the South Coast Region is made up of many small communities that feature historic sites, lakes and rivers, including the Saco River renowned for canoeing, and numerous other opportunities for outdoor activities. The South Coastal Region has many trails along beaches as well as wetlands. The Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge is a unique hiking experience and for views of Maine and New Hampshire, check out Vaughn Woods State Park in South Berwick. Please share your Maine hiking comments. To feature your business, contact us.

South Coast Maine Hikes & Backpacking Trails

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Marginal Way
Perkins Cove – Ogunquit

Marginal Way Ogunquit

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Ogunquit’s famous ocean walk allows for spectacular views of the North Atlantic Ocean, Ogunquit Beach, and Maine’s rocky coastline.

Beachmere Inn Ogunquit Maine
Beachmere Inn, 62 Beachmere Place, Ogunquit, ME 03907 | 207-646-2021
Ocean front accommodations in the heart of Ogunquit on the Marginal Way with breathtaking ocean views. Luxury suites and unique rooms, fireplaces, kitchenettes, private balconies or patios. Enjoy an on-site spa, exercise room and hot tub. Reception rooms for weddings, meetings and events. Beachmere Inn is a leader in guest services, event coordination and hospitality. A stunning location perfect for weddings, elopements, vow renewals, rehearsal dinners, bridal showers and even bachelor - bachelorette weekend getaways. Open year round. Walk to everything in town or enjoy drinks from our ocean view Blue Bistro.
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Ogunquit Playhouse
Ogunquit Playhouse, 10 Main Street, US Route 1, Ogunquit, ME 03907 | Downtown Box Office 207-646-5511
America's Foremost Summer Theater began in a renovated garage in Ogunquit's town square in 1933. Ogunquit Playhouse is dedicated to producing the finest shows ever to appear on Broadway stages. Visit the web site to see this years show schedule and purchase tickets online.
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Jonathan's OGT, 92 Bourne Lane, Ogunquit, Maine 03907 | 207-646-4777
Serving upscale New England cuisine, Jonathan's Ogunquit, caters to those diners looking for fresh seafood, classic European dishes, grilled steaks and more. Diners prefer Jonathan's for a romantic date night, to celebrate a special birthday or enjoy an evening of farm to table gastronomy before a show. Jonathan's offers dining, events, and concerts. Featuring local food products wherever possible and focuses on serving fresh, New England products. Jonathan's slogan has always been to #eatwell.
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Robertos - Ogunquit
Roberto's, 200 Shore Road, Ogunquit, Maine 03907 | 207-646-8130
Roberto's is committed to making every dish memorable and that feeds not only the body, but feeds the spirit as well. Delicious hardy portions that are truly crave worthy. An extensive menu of all your favorite Italian dishes cooked authentically to give you that real taste of Italy.
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Ogunquit Beach Lobster House
Ogunquit Beach Lobster House, 1111 Beach Street, Ogunquit, ME 03907 | 1-207-360-2286
Enjoy a Maine lobster meal you will will want again and again, with succulent lobster you can taste, not buried in overwhelming seasonings or paired with inappropriate accompaniments. We make it to your taste, even if only seasoned with our healthy Maine salt air! Dine-In, or Take-Out. Seasonally Open 7 days a week from Noon - 8:00pm
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Ossipee Hill
McLucas Road, VIA Old Alfred Road
East Waterboro, ME
Ossipee Hill is a wooded peak with a subpeak featuring a collection of towers, including a closed fire lookout tower. Ossipee Hill has an elevation gain of 1,058 feet up a moderately steep slope. Total distance is 3.5 miles round trip. The summit has good views of Ossippee Valley, Waterboro and Alfred.

Southern Maine offers a variety of beautiful hikes and trails for outdoor enthusiasts to explore. From coastal trails with stunning ocean views to wooded paths and mountain ascents, there’s something for everyone. Here’s a collection of information about hikes and trails in Southern Maine:

  • Marginal Way: Located in Ogunquit, this scenic coastal trail stretches for about 1.25 miles along the ocean, offering breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean and rocky cliffs. It’s an easy, paved trail suitable for all ages.
  • Bradbury Mountain State Park: Situated near Pownal, this state park features several trails of varying difficulties. The Summit Trail leads to the top of Bradbury Mountain, where you can enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding landscape.
  • Wells Reserve at Laudholm: This nature reserve in Wells offers a network of trails through diverse habitats including marshes, woodlands, and grasslands. It’s a great place for birdwatching and observing local wildlife.
  • Mackworth Island: Accessible via a causeway from Falmouth, Mackworth Island features a 1.25-mile loop trail that offers glimpses of Casco Bay, with opportunities to spot seals and seabirds.
  • Mount Agamenticus: Often referred to as “Mount A,” this conservation area near York provides a variety of trails for hikers and mountain bikers. The summit offers panoramic views of the ocean, the White Mountains, and the surrounding area.
  • Kennebunk Bridle Path: This 6-mile trail in Kennebunk is open to hikers, runners, and horseback riders. It passes through serene forests, and fields, and crosses picturesque stone bridges.
  • Eastern Trail: Stretching from South Portland to Kittery, the Eastern Trail is a multi-use trail suitable for walking, biking, and even cross-country skiing in the winter. It takes you through diverse landscapes, including woodlands, wetlands, and coastal areas.
  • Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge: With several locations in Southern Maine, this refuge offers trails that wind through tidal salt marshes and estuaries, providing opportunities for birdwatching and enjoying the coastal scenery.
  • Peaks Island: Accessible by ferry from Portland, Peaks Island offers a small network of trails that allow you to explore the island’s beaches, woodlands, and rocky shores.
  • Cliff Walk, York Harbor: This relatively short trail offers stunning views of York Harbor’s coastline and passes by the historic “Wiggly Bridge.” It’s an easy walk suitable for families.

Remember to check trail conditions, weather forecasts, and any specific regulations before setting out on your hike. Also, be sure to follow Leave No Trace principles to help preserve the natural beauty of these areas for future generations.

Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge, Upper Wells Division
Between Wells and Kennebunkport
Wells, ME
Ph: 207-646-9226
A self-guided interpretive trail winds around the salt marsh. Salt marshes are uncommon in Maine because most of the coastline is unprotected from heavy waves; the grasses that build marshes need a stable environment. So these marshes, protected by the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge, are environmental treasures. The educational value and sheer beauty of this hike make it a must for families with children and the walk is accessible to people in wheelchairs. The trail is a 1-mile loop with minimal elevation gain.

Vaughn Woods State Park
28 Oldfields Road
South Berwick, ME
Vaughn Woods is a 250-acre forested park on the Salmon Falls River in the southernmost part of the state and near the Maine-New Hampshire border. Hiking trails are abundant and consist of several different, connected tracts that total more than 3 miles. The total elevation gain is approximately 200 feet, so the hike is great for families looking to take a more casual stroll and view the wildlife and Salmon Falls, a 25-foot waterfall that divides South Berwick, Maine, and Rollinsford, New Hampshire.

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