The Bristol Recreational Trail crosses town-owned property and school property and is maintained by Coastal Rivers. It was created in 2006 by the Town of Bristol and Pemaquid Watershed Association (now Coastal Rivers), with assistance from the Maine Conservation Corps and funding from the Maine Department of Conservation Recreational Trails Program. Managing organization: Town of Bristol Description This gem of a walking path starts at Route 130 just south of the Bristol Consolidated School, leads back to the Pemaquid River estuary, then returns to the highway just north of the school near Lupine Road. It is about .75 miles long long …

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Witch Island was privately owned until Jane Sewall donated it to the Maine Audubon Society in 1986, which in turn transferred it to Coastal Rivers (then DRA) in 2009. (Sewall also donated Library Park to the DRA.) Previously known as Davis Island, the island was owned from 1897 to 1916 by Grace Courtland Chittenden, who liked to refer to herself as the “Witch of Wall Street”, hence the name Witch Island. When Sewall bought the island in 1964, the existing summer home and a boathouse had been vandalized. She had them both burned and built a small cottage, which still …

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Managing organization: Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust Description: On the east side of Old County Road (across from the parking area), a gentle 0.2 mile loop winds along the northwest shore of Ross Pond and through mature forest. At the north end of the loop is a stream where resident beavers have built dams, forming ponds. On the west side of the road a second loop trail, 0.5 miles long, leads down to a small sandy beach at the southern end of Boyd Pond. Parts of the trail are steep and feature lovely moss and fern covered rock ledges. This is prime …

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A gift from Scott Long in 2016, the 44.5-acre Cosima’s Preserve sits on the west side of the Pemaquid River near the southern end of Biscay Pond. The property has 1,100 feet of frontage along the Pemaquid River, as well as 1,950 feet along Campbell’s Swamp Brook along the western edge. Along with the Brackett easement property to the west, and the Keyes Woods Preserve beyond that, these three adjacent properties create a 240-acre habitat block with about 4,000 feet of shoreline along the Pemaquid River. Managing organization: Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust Description: Cosima’s Preserve has much to offer: a variety …

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The Osborn Finch Wildlife Sanctuary on Waldoboro’s Dutch Neck includes 2 acres of grassy field and 9 acres of magical, moss-draped woodlands boasting some of the oldest white and red spruce trees in the mid-coast Maine area. The Nature Conservancy transferred this preserve to PWA in 1992. Managing organization: Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust Trail Description: The short trail from the parking area to the flat-rock banks of the Medomak River makes this an excellent picnic spot and an ideal walk for all ages. Explore the tidal marshland and the coastal geology visible from exposed bedrock, large granite boulders, and moraines. Overlooking …

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Pemaquid Pond Preserve consists of a 29-acre preserve as well as a 1.9-acre island on the shore of Pemaquid Pond in Bremen. The preserve was donated to PWA by the Stock-Moody family in 2015, with the intent to allow public enjoyment of this land on the shores of Pemaquid Pond while maintaining its natural state. Managing organization: Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust Desription: A gentle woodland walk of just over a quarter-mile brings you to the Pemaquid Pond shoreline, boasting broad vistas, rocky outcrops, sandy beaches and wooded shores. Along the shoreline, notice the prime examples of native vegetation that prevents erosion …

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Moxie Cove Preserve’s small size belies its significant public-trust benefit in terms of ecological and scenic values. The preserve features approximately 70 feet of sandy beach so rare along Maine’s rockbound coast and affords a panoramic view of Muscongus Sound. The preserve was a gift from Richard and Shirley Dalbeck and Family in 2009. This 0.8-acre narrow strip of land off Moxie Cove Road in the village of Round Pond (town of Bristol), now named Moxie Cove Preserve, will remain forever undeveloped. Due to significant bank erosion at Moxie Cove Preserve, the preserve is not open for public use at …

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A gift from the Doyle-Finnegan family to PWA in 1994, the Doyle Preserve provides public access to 1,200 ft on Pemaquid Pond, just over 1 mile of trails, and serves as an outdoor learning site for use by schools and other groups. The forested woodland provides habitat for a variety of wildlife, such as pileated woodpeckers, red fox, and red squirrels. Managing organization: Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust Description: From the trailhead, the blue trail descends a half mile through forested woodlands to join with a short spur (red trail) that leads to the scenic shore of Pemaquid Pond. Two shorter trails, …

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Donated by Greg and Shelley Brackett to PWA in 2008, the 21-acre Little Falls Brook Preserve contains a shallow wetland area and a short trail through the forested upland portion of the preserve. The trail is accessible by foot only in the winter months when the marsh is frozen. This lush marshland does provide a paddling opportunity, when the water is high, to immerse in the sights and sounds of wetland wildlife. Paddle will require dragging over at least one beaver dam. Because wetlands are like the kidneys of the landscape due to their ability to remove excess nutrients, toxic …

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Bass Rock Preserve, an 11-acre gem near the village of Round Pond, features 1,350 feet of deepwater frontage on Muscongus Bay. Inn 2009, PWA accepted the formal transfer from The Nature Conservancy (TNC) of two lots totaling 10 acres. The two lots, which were separated by a privately held lot, were originally donated to TNC in 1973 by Bryan and Elfrida Holme. In 2013, Dr. F. Towne Allen of Centerport, NY, donated the middle one-acre lot, thus uniting the preserve into one property. Managing organization: Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust Description Bass Rock Preserve is dominated by mixed hardwoods and conifers on …

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