Bristol Recreational Trail

Length: 0.7 miles


  • easy

Permitted Use:

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


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 and is an easy 30-minute walk. There is a short segment on school property that was designed to be handicap accessible. Preserve signs adjacent to Route 130 are posted at both ends of the trail.

The trail features beautiful views of the tidal Pemaquid River, a brook flowing through a very rocky bed, some of the largest and oldest red oaks around, and fine old stone walls.

Directions to Trailhead

From Damariscotta, take Bristol Rd (Rt. 130) about 10 miles to the Bristol Consolidated School at 2153 Bristol Rd. on the right. Look for the parking lot and kiosk just south of the school.

When school is not in session, visitors may also park in the school lot and access the trail from off the right (north) side of the lot. Public parking in the school lot during regular school hours is prohibited.

Preserve Guidelines

Please click here for guidelines to this preserve.
> Download a printable version of the preserve map here.

map of Bristol Recreational Trail