Spring has sprung and summer is on the way! There are countless ways to enjoy the beautiful weather on the southern Maine coast, and one of the simplest and most enjoyable activities is getting out and going for a walk. Southern Maine has numerous scenic walking/hiking trails, but in an effort to keep this short I will list my top five.
- Marginal Way – Ogunquit: The Marginal Way is perhaps the most well known walking path in southern Maine, and for good reason, the views are spectacular. Starting in picturesque Perkins Cove, the path hugs the cliffs for 1.2 miles before eventually finishing at Beach Street in downtown Ogunquit. Benches are strategically placed along the path to allow walkers an opportunity to relax and take in the scenery.
- Wells Beach – Wells: Wells Beach is a predominantly sandy beach that stretches for just over a mile. A common tradition is walking the entire length from the public parking area on Mile Road to the jetty and back, which is right around two miles. Make sure to keep your eyes peeled for sea glass and shells while you’re out, and you may even spot an endangered piping plover or two.
- Mount Agamenticus – Wells/Ogunquit: Mount Agamenticus is best known for its well maintained trail system that is open to both hikers and bikers. At 692 feet it may not seem like much of a mountain, but with the topography of southern Maine being relatively flat, it actually dominates the landscape and provides panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.
- Laudholm Farm – Wells: Laudholm Farm offers seven miles of easy to moderate hiking trails that allow visitors to explore a variety of ecosystems. Three separate interpretive trails help to educate hikers about the differences between salt marsh, forest, and beach environs. Guided tours by trained naturalists are also available.
- Eastern Trail – Southern Maine: The Eastern Trail is a 65-mile section of the East Coast Greenway that connects Kittery to Portland, and passes through several southern Maine towns. The trail is a combination of both paved and off-road sections and is open year round for hiking, biking, snowshoeing, skiing, etc.