Meredith’s Favorite Summer Walking Spot In Maine
I love long Summer walks. I know, this sounds like the start of some lame dating site but I really mean it and I found the perfect spot if you need to get away for about an hour, burn some calories and clear your mind. The best part is it's not too far away...
I'm an avid walker. I've done a ton of different nature walks from Falmouth, Standish, Portland, OOB and more. Out of all the beautiful places in Maine to walk, there is one I keep coming back to and right in Scarborough.
Prout's Neck in Scarborough is quaint, quiet and a festival to the eyes. The walk I take is never boring. Quite the contrary, it's relaxing and you will find your mind becoming unhampered. It's kind of like a walking meditation ritual and I seem to learn something every time I walk. Above is the entrance to the cliff walk. It's beautiful. The perfect spot for wedding photos or maybe just a nice Summer picnic with the kids or visitors from out of town. They get the full "Maine" experience here for sure.
There isn't a bad spot on the walk, from the sandy beaches to the rocky coastline silhouetted by boats moored in the distance. Prouts Neck was first discovered in 1601, it's first settler in 1631. It was a scary time for settlers, Native American (Indian) attacks were prevalent. In fact, about twenty people were killed in an attack down this road which accesses to the beach.
I know the thought of murder doesn't make you want to take this walk but the history really is amazing...
How amazing is this? Amazing to think you are walking on the very spot that this unbelievable event happened. I was never taught this in school and I went to school in Scarborough. Hidden history right under our noses.
When you park, I recommend doing it by Ferry Beach. After 5pm it's free, which during the Summer makes for the perfect time. The sun is just starting to set and it's a bit cooler. And hey, after your walk, drop in for a cocktail while you sit overlooking that sunset at The Black Point Inn.
This is The Winslow Homer House set nicely on the water. Now a museum depicting the life of the famous painter, the house boasts beautiful restoration and an idea of what it must have been like living in such a pristine spot in the 1800s.
The walk takes you past tennis courts, past The Black Point Inn, past Winslow Homer's place and along the coastline. Just take a right out of Ferry Beach Road and walk straight. Explore at your own pace.
In the middle of Summer, the flowers are so abundant and gorgeously landscaped. It's kind of fun looking at homes I could never afford lol.
A little secret path!!!
You will find this located inside the gates of The Winslow Homer Rd. It's a fun little wooden path, quite long and interesting to explore.