Marginal Way in Ogunquit, Maine, and The Cliff Walk in Newport, R.I., hold high honors as the best known, most interesting New England coastal walk paths, but York Harbor, Maine, features a contender of its own called the Cliff Path.
Well-known to York residents and visitors — and unknown to pretty much everyone else — the Cliff Path instantly draws attention with its stunning Harbor Beach views from high above. The gravel and cement path with a few guard rails along the way meanders by some some spectacular seaside mansions overlooking the rocky Maine coast, as well as pleasing patches of wildflowers. The walk alternates between easy and somewhat challenging for the novice, given the several inclines and worn paths.
The Cliff Path begins at Hartley Mason Reservation park right across the the York Harbor Inn on Route 1A. Admission is free. Plan for about a half-hour walk. We
recommend wearing comfortable shoes and avoiding texting while walking. Otherwise, you could take a tumble on the imperfect path, or lack of guard rails exist.
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