Marginal Way Maine Preservation

Help Support Maine’s Famous Ocean Walk

The Marginal Way – Southern Maine’s amazing oceanside walk needs your help. Most of the funding for the maintenance of the Marginal Way was coming from the Federal Government. That is no longer the case. THE US Army Corp of Engineers will no longer provide funding for maintenance. You can help!

Visit the website and make a tax-deductible donation to help keep Marginal Way operating, free, and to assist in upkeep and trail improvements.

The Marginal Way Preservation Fund is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization with its mission to build a multi-million dollar endowment for the long-term conservation and preservation of Ogunquit’s popular Marginal Way. All donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.

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Marginal Way Preservation Fund


Marginal Way Preservation Fund Mailing Address

Marginal Way Preservation Fund P.O. Box 1455 Ogunquit, Maine 03907

Office Location:

Dunaway Center 23 School Street Ogunquit, Maine 03907

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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, 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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The Marginal Way Walking Path: A Scenic and Historic Trail in Ogunquit, Maine

The Marginal Way is a picturesque walking path located in Ogunquit, Maine. The trail stretches for just over a mile along the coastline and offers breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at the history of the Marginal Way, its founders, operations, and future, as well as the lodging options available nearby.

History of the Marginal Way

The Marginal Way has a rich history that dates back to the early 1900s. The path was initially created by Josiah Chase Jr., a local fisherman who wanted to provide his family and neighbors with a safe and easy way to access the coastline. The Marginal Way was opened to the public in 1925 and has been a beloved attraction in Ogunquit ever since.

Founders of the Marginal Way

In addition to Josiah Chase Jr., there were several other key individuals involved in the creation of the Marginal Way. Among them was Edward H. Harkness, a philanthropist and lover of nature who donated $5,000 towards the construction of the trail. Another notable figure was Harry Chase, the son of Josiah Chase Jr. who helped to maintain and expand the Marginal Way over the years.

Operations of the Marginal Way

Today, the Marginal Way is owned and operated by the Marginal Way Preservation Fund, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and maintenance of the trail. The organization relies on donations and volunteer work to keep the Marginal Way in top condition for visitors to enjoy.

Future of the Marginal Way

The Marginal Way Preservation Fund has several plans in place for the future of the trail. These include improvements to the infrastructure and amenities, as well as increased educational and outreach programs. The organization is committed to ensuring that the Marginal Way remains a beloved attraction in Ogunquit for generations to come.

Maine Lodging Options near the Marginal Way

If you’re planning a visit to the Marginal Way, there are several lodging options available nearby. One popular option is the Beachmere Inn, a historic inn that dates back to 1937. The inn is located just steps from the Marginal Way and offers comfortable rooms and suites with ocean views. Other options include the Cliff House Maine, The Colonial Inn, The Admiral’s Inn, Sparhawk Resort, Dune’s on the Waterfront, and others.


The Marginal Way is a beautiful and historic walking path that offers visitors a chance to experience the natural beauty of Maine’s coastline. With its rich history, dedicated founders, and committed preservation efforts, the Marginal Way is sure to remain a beloved attraction in Ogunquit for years to come. Whether you’re looking for a peaceful stroll along the coast or a romantic getaway, the Marginal Way is a must-visit destination.

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