Tracy Shore is a property of the Town of South Bristol along the eastern shore of Jones Cove on the Damariscotta River. A well-marked system of trails wends its way past vernal pools, cascading streams, and cliffs adorned in rock tripe and ferns, culminating at a promontory affording stunning views of the cove and river. Much of the viewshed is protected by conservation easements donated to the DRA by preservation-minded neighbors. Read “Featured Trail: Discovering Tracy Shore” and see a photo gallery of images (May 26, 2016). Managing organizations: Partner owned/Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust co-managed >>TRAIL USE AND COVID-19 – know …

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Stratton Island was one of Coastal Rivers’ (then DRA’s) very first acquisitions. The 28-acre island was a gift of the late Ann Stratton in 1988. The Strattons of Shreveport, Louisiana traveled to Maine every summer and until 1938 made Hodgdon’s their “menigawum,” which according to family tradition means “island home.” They kept a cow and built a large log cabin on the land. Sign of their habitation can still be seen, but, save for a well-defined foot trail, the human presence has faded into the background. Managing organizations:   Coastal Rivers Trail Abstract: Both eagles and osprey call the island home …

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Sherman Marsh is a wonderful place to view wading birds and other wildlife. Managing organizations: See map for details. >>TRAIL USE AND COVID-19 – know before you go Trail Abstract: Acquired by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife in 1996 with the help of DRA, this 95-acre property is varied, little-used, and rich in human history. A high ridge covered in juniper forms the spine of the peninsula and about half-way along is the remains of an old homestead. The adjacent 22-acre Carolyn O’Brien Preserve was a gift of James and Carolyn O’Brien of Newcastle to DRA in 2003. …

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A great walk along the shore and woods of Great Salt Bay on a combination of boardwalks, bridges, and trails. Managing organizations: Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust >>TRAIL USE AND COVID-19 – know before you go Description: Salt Bay Preserve skirts the northern and eastern shore of Glidden Point, which was bisected by Route 1 in the 1960’s. The 1.5 mile trail begins with boardwalks across a salt marsh and follows the shoreline of the Great Salt Bay before crossing under Route 1 through an old sheep tunnel. A spur to the shore allows access to one of Maine’s most important archaeological …

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As of April 2019, the farmhouse at Round Top Farm serves as headquarters for Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust (formerly Damariscotta River Association and Pemaquid Watershed Association). Round Top Farm has long a destination for music and arts, and is now a recreational hotspot as well. Managing organizations: Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust >>TRAIL USE AND COVID-19 – know before you go Description: Trails meander across open fields to the shore of the Upper Damariscotta River. Picnic tables are placed for ideal viewing of wildlife and wild currents. An accessible northbound connector trail allows access to Whaleback Shell Midden State Historic Site. This trail …

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The preserve consists of approximately 71 acres of wooded land with over a mile of shoreline along the Damariscotta River, with rocky points, quarries, and views of both Seal Cove and Long Cove. Originally a gift to The Nature Conservancy by the Richardson Family, the preserve is now owned by Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust. Read Plummer Point Preserve – A History Managing Organizations: Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust >>TRAIL USE AND COVID-19 – know before you go Description An access road runs from Route 129 and trails start from either side of the access road and lead to the shoreline. Several loop …

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2021 Harvest Operation Update As of March 12, 2021, the timber harvest is complete and all trails are open.  A message from the Bureau of Parks and Lands: Thanks for your patience during the trail closure to ensure public safety. The sustainable harvest of timber from public lands provides vital revenue to manage recreation, wildlife and care for your Public Lands. The timber produced on public lands is an important part of Maine’s forest based economy. About Dodge Point: Dodge Point was once an award winning tree farm owned by the Freeman Family. The State of Maine purchased it in …

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