7 Trails Along the Coast of the Atlantic Ocean

Published Aug 16, 2014

Maryland's Calvert Cliffs State Park

Maryland's Calvert Cliffs State Park

There are three kinds of people in this world: those who prefer mountains instead of beaches; those who prefer beaches over mountains; and, those who enjoy hiking the trails along the coast of the Atlantic Ocean.

(Perhaps with further study we might discover additional types of individuals.)

Our friends at the Appalachian Mountain Club, based on Beacon Hill in Boston, published a list of seven glorious coastal hikes in their AMC Outdoors publication.

One path is in Quoddy Head State Park in Lubec, Maine. This trail gives new meaning to the words "east coast." Tides in the Bay of Fundy are almost as remarkable as the whale watching that draws folks to this paradise.

Five of the hikes on AMC's list of trails along the coast of the Atlantic Ocean are in New England. Bluff Point State Park in Groton, Connecticut makes the list, as does Monhegan Island, Maine.

The Great Island Trail on old Cape Cod is another seaside treasure that you won't want to miss.

New Jersey's Cape May State Park is well known to birders around the world as a great place to add new finds to their life lists, but it's a beautiful spot for a walk by the sea.

This location is not as well known as the others: Calvert Cliffs State Park, on the west side of the Chesapeake Bay. Six easy-to-moderate trails, some along a boardwalk, take you to a lovely beach. The most outstanding aspect of Calvert Cliffs State Park is the cliffs that loom over the edge of the water. The cliffs majestically rise up more than 100 feet into the air. No, you cannot play on them. But you can always come back for another look.

You'll have to read AMC's story to discover the trail not listed here. It's a good read.

Click Here for AMC's Trails Along the Coast of the Atlantic Ocean


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About the Author Robert Sutherland:
Robert Sutherland is a travel writer enjoying life. Robert has two adult daughters and six grandchildren.
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