Prouts Neck Cliff Walk and the Black Point Inn

Mar 2022

Looking for old world charm, privacy and one of the loveliest, bold, peninsula coastlines in Maine? A trip to the Prouts Neck Cliff Walk and Black Point Inn should be on your summer vacation agenda. New England has her pretty on this season.

rocky shoreline with waves in Maine

This little piece of Maine is about as good looking as it gets. Established in the late 19th century for summer cottages, it’s no wonder this breezy oceanfront spot, complete with cliff walk jutting into Saco Bay remains a favorite seasonal getaway.

Winslow Homer found the area particularly inspiring and worked from his painting studio on the Prouts Neck Maine point from 1883 until his death in 1920. The sunsets, the herring run, the fog, the schooners, he captured them all, along with the dramatic changes of weather and light, in his remarkable style on canvas.

Scarborough, Maine

The southern coast of Maine is home to the town of Scarborough. Maine’s largest city, Portland, is just over six miles away. In 1635, Captain Thomas Cammock built a house on a large lot now known as Prouts Neck. Settlers soon joined the Captain, drawn by sizeable opportunities for fishing and farming close to a gorgeous coastline. The independent landowners incorporated as Scarborough in 1658.

Famous Residents

It’s easy to see how such a small town attracted some of its more famous residents and vacationers. Actress Glen Close, writer Stephen King, NASCAR driver Joe Bessey and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, US Senator Rufus King and historian John Wingate Thornton have all been attached to the area at some point in their lives. Scenic beaches and an abundance of recreational facilities continue to draw visitors to this unique coastal location.

path to beach through dunes in Maine

Beach at the end of Prouts Neck Cliff Walk

FAQS and Questions Answered:

How Long is the Cliff Walk at Prouts Neck?

The Cliff Walk from the area of the Inn is approximately 1.1 miles. Visitors should allow about an hour to complete the trail. Obviously bringing a blanket and packing a romantic picnic will take more time. I would rate the trail easy to moderate, but be sure to wear supportive shoes. Much of the trail is over rocks and the footing can be uneven and rough. The rocks will be slippery when wet.If you choose to return to the original starting point, you’ll be covering just over 2 miles.

Are dogs allowed on the Cliff Walk?

Yes, dogs are allowed as long as they are leashed.

Is the Cliff Walk, Prouts Neck closed?

It is always important to check the web site before visiting. The walk might be closed for weather or repairs. Maintenance is important to keep the path safe.

How do I get to the Cliff Walk?

The Cliff Walk is accessed at the end of Black Point Road (State Route 207), at Checkley Point at Prouts Neck. This point will give you access to both the beginning and end of the walk. There is a narrow marked path to the Cliff Walk to the right of the gates to the private Winslow Homer Road, between two private residences.

Where can you park?

If you are not staying at the Black Point Inn, parking options are limited. A stay at the Inn is the perfect way to access the Cliff Walk and combine it with a romantic getaway. However, visitors should note that there is no parking of any kind at the start of the Cliff Walk.

Drivers may park at the lot at Scarborough Beach State Park on Black Point Road or the Town of Scarborough’s Ferry Beach lot on Ferry Road. It is approximately a two mile walk from both of the lots along the paved state road to Checkly Point.  Also note that no unattended bicycles are permitted at the Cliff Walk access point.

Is the Cliff Walk Private?

No, the walk is open to the public. Groups are limited to six people. Other important rules and regulations:

  • Use is at your own risk
  • Open dawn to dusk
  • Closed periodically, without prior notice, for maintenance, bad weather, and other management needs
  • No smoking or fires
  • Leashed dogs only – make sure to bring a bag for pick up
  • Leave no trace and take only memories
  • No bikes or wheeled vehicles are allowed on the cliff walk.
  • Stay on the path and respect homeowners privacy
entry of Black Point Inn

Entrance to the Black Point Inn at Cliff Walk

Romance at Ocean’s Edge

There’s no better way to get a glimpse of the coastline that so captivated Homer, than a stay at the Black Point Inn. Along with a relaxing and luxurious getaway, comes the beauty of the Cliff Walk at Prouts Neck.

Maine is known for many scenic peninsulas, when combined with the down to earth hospitality of the staff, travelers will be hard pressed to find a better spot to experience quintessential, coastal Maine.

map prouts neck and cliff walk

Prouts Neck Cliff Walk Map

Location of Black Point Inn and Prouts Neck Cliff Walk Maine

In days gone by, Portland was a no more than a six mile ride by horse and buggy. Now the urban sprawl has brought the city even closer and made the escape to the Scarborough cliff walk  that much sweeter. The change of scenery from one to the other is pure magic. As the crow flys, Old Orchard Beach can be found two miles south across the Gulf of Maine.

From Boston, guests can reach the Black Point Inn and the Cliff Walk  Prouts Neck in just under a two hour drive. Stop in Portland for lunch and a stroll along the waterfront beforehand.

The drive up Black Point Road will get you there just in time for check in and a late afternoon stroll on the cliff walk. Nobody will be any the wiser if you just choose to perch on the flat rocks and enjoy the ocean view. The area can also be reached from Old Orchard Beach. The trip from Cliff Walk to Old Orchard beach should take under a ½ hr without traffic.

The property, built in 1878,  is isolated from commerce, a characteristic which makes it ever so charming. There are plenty of spots to explore nearby. Prouts Neck Sanctuary, Scarborough Beach State Park and Ferry Beach Park are all close by. Consider bringing any snacks or picnic makings with you or picking them up in Portland.

cocktails, flowers and sunset Black Point Inn

I’m Swooning For This Trifecta of Details:

  • Fireplace dining
  • well-loved new England gardens fireplace dining
  • Views from the indoor widows walk atop the property

Words to Set the Scene at The Black Point Inn and Prouts Neck Cliff Walk:

  • Raw outdoor beauty,
  • Local history and subdued elegance
  • Comfortable charm.

3 Reasons to Visit:

  • If you like to stay in a property with a real sense of place and old world luxury
  • If you’re a couple who likes to swoon over cocktails by the fireplace and watch dreamy sunsets
  • If you are a family seeking a private escape with plenty of outdoor space and a variety of activities to suit everyone

Rooms at the Black Point Inn

With ocean views on three sides of her 25 guest rooms and suites, the perfect location provides the ultimate “room with a view”. Built in 1878, this quintessential oceanfront hotel offers an experience that can only be called divine. Traditional design and tranquil sanctuaries meet all guest needs in both comfort and time-honored style.

guest room Black Point Inn overlooking bay

Guest room photo courtesy of The Black Point Inn

It’s easy to see why the property regularly receives high reviews on Trip Advisor. Choose from a selection of nautically crowned rooms. Captain’s, Admiral’ and Commodore Chamber rooms offer a wide variety of configurations and views.

Bathrooms are all modern with any amenities you might need. Staterooms and Spinnaker Suites are larger and offer water views. They also offer a first-floor accessible guest room with two queen beds.

man reading newspaper on sunporch

The Inn’s all weather sun porch is stocked with games and books inviting guests to relax and sit a spell. The inviting atmosphere is a special light filled place to read the newspaper and take morning coffee.


Upon arrival there is optional valet parking and a large lot on the property. Guests will want to take advantage of the concierge service. Knowledgeable staff know the area well and can offer plenty of suggestions for activities. Free high speed wifi is available throughout.

woman riding bicycle Black Point Inn

Visitors looking for athletic endeavors can take advantage of the legendary Prouts Neck Cliff Walk. This 1.75 mile trek winds around the scenic cliffs of the coastline for magnificent views.

Make sure to bring appropriate footwear. While the path is not too steep, the rocks can be slippery when wet.

morning yoga

Early morning yoga on the beach.

In addition, there are bikes and kayaks available to use during your stay and yoga classes on the lawn. Bird and nature sanctuaries are nearby for exploring.

Beach lovers will marvel at the two sandy beaches, unusual for the Maine coastline. With a mile and a half on each side of the property, there is plenty of space to spread out.

Towels are available outside at the geothermally heated swimming pool. An 18 hole golf course and tennis are available for an additional charge (make sure to arrange in advance). At least one picnic is mandatory!

Enjoying a picnic on the Cliff Walk and the Black Point Inn

Afternoon tea is served in the cozy library. My husband was thrilled to take a turn at the room’s baby grand piano, even more so when one of the guests asked if he was the evening’s entertainment.

In the morning, a newspaper is delivered to your door. The porch area is a wonderful place to enjoy it along with complimentary coffee, tea and pastries. Guests will also find laundry, dry cleaning and an in-room massage available for an extra charge.

On Site Food + Drink: The Chart Room

Good news for those who enjoy staying at a property with on-site dining. The Chart Room offers the perfect setting for sunset cocktails, fireside dining and a delicious menu. Order a seabreeze and your cocktail will often match the color of the sky.

rosé and snacks on table

Photo courtesy of The Black Point Inn

Along with some fun and flavorful Temperance mocktails, guests will enjoy a full bar and selection of specialty cocktails. Cricket Cooler or Coastal Flower anyone? Beer lovers can choose from a great selection of local draught beers, cans and bottles.

local fish dinner in front of fireplace

After a hike around Prouts Neck on the Cliff Walk, guests can sit down to a locally sourced meal.The Black Point Inn’s Gulf of Maine responsibly harvested seafood is a featured highlight of the menu. Look for Bangs Island mussels, Maine crab, lobster, and of course a catch of the day.

Porch and chairs overlooking Maine Bay

Photo courtesy of The Black Point Inn

The lunch menu is less formal and includes the usual suspects for dining by the ocean. Find salads full of local greens, Maine crab cakes, a cheese plate with local specialties and a top notch version of the ubiquitous Maine lobster roll. Sandwiches and burgers round out the menu.

Insiders Note: The hotel is a frequent wedding destination. Make sure to check that the restaurant is not closed for a private event during your stay.

shadows of couple at prouts neck Cliff Walk

Things to do Nearby The Black Point Inn

  • Hike the Prouts Neck Cliff Walk
  • Beaches–There are several beaches in the area. Ferry Beach, Scarborough Beach State Park and Old Blue Point Beach are close by.
  • Visit the Winslow Homer House through the Portland Museum of Art
  • Play golf or tennis  at the Prouts Neck Country Club
  • Spend the Day in Portland
  • Visit the Prouts Neck Bird Sanctuary
  • Kayak in the Scarborough River
  • Visit the Two Lights State Park on Cape Elizabeth
  • Try these 10 Eco-friendly Activities in Portland
  • Relax!!

Sustainability Quotient:

The Black Point Inn is a Certified Environmental Leader in Hospitality with the Maine Department of Environmental Protection. Their certification is based on many initiatives which you can read more about here.

As a property in the Migis Hotel Group guests will find The Black Point Inn embodies the meaning behind the Migis name-a place to steal away to rest. Walking through the front doors, one immediately feels the sense of relaxation and hospitality Migis is known for.

Black Point Inn

510 Black Point Rd, Scarborough, ME 04074

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Disclaimer: The author was hosted by The Black Point Inn  for review purposes.  As always, opinions and experiences are the work of the author. Green With Renvy only reviews places they feel will be of interest to our readers. 

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Editors Note: This post was originally published on July 2, 2021 and has been completely updated and revamped for accuracy and comprehensiveness.

  1. Amber Myers says:

    Gorgeous photos. I would love to visit one day. The hotel looks incredible.

  2. Karen says:

    This post made we want to visit Proust Neck Cliff Walk! And that Inn looks beautiful, might have to add this one to our travel list!

  3. This place looks so peaceful and beautiful! I would love to visit someday.

  4. This looks like a lovely spot! What an amazing visit this mush have been!

  5. Rosemary says:

    Those views are incredible. What a lovely spot in Maine and a gorgeous Inn. I’d love to visit the area some day.