Posted on July 4, 2021 and last updated on July 04, 2021

Cliff Walk, York


  • Preserve Size: N/A
  • Trail Mileage: 0.6 miles one way
  • Pets: no
  • Difficulty: moderate
  • Sights: Ocean, pocket coves

The trail connects to Fisherman’s Walk and Steedman Woods. I’ve marked the Cliff Walk in yellow.

The Cliff Walk is an absolutely gorgeous one-way half-mile walk that also feels a bit antique. The trail consists of poured concrete over stone (a bit cracked) and a narrow dirt path lined with flowering shrubs and poison ivy (watch out!). You’re never far from the surf while you walk underneath private coastal homes.

There are a few stone staircases, and a few short inclines. When you’re not on concrete, you’re walking on a fairly uneven surface.

From small Hartley Mason park, the path is just 0.5 mile (from York Harbor Beach, it’s 0.6 miles). It ends at a pebbly beach. You can walk down the stone steps here. On a recent rainy morning, a man was fishing from the rocks. It’s probably best to turn around and return the way you came from, otherwise you have to slink down private driveways back to the public roads.

You’re not allowed to bring dogs on the narrow path, and you’re also advised to stick to the path.

Directions: Parking can be a difficult on warm summer days. There’s lots of two-hour spaces on the side of York Street, starting at Hartley Mason park and continuing all the way to Norwood Farms Road.

Let me know if you have any trail updates or corrections!