Length: 1 mile
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
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Cosima’s Preserve has much to offer: a variety of woodland and wetland habitats with good opportunities for viewing wildlife, a quiet woodland trail, a ledge overlooking the Pemaquid River perfect for picnics, old stone walls, and impressive ledge outcrops along the one-mile trail.
Directions to Trailhead:
Cosima’s Preserve is located at 460 Benner Road in Bristol. From Damariscotta, travel 2.7 miles east on Biscay Road. Take a right onto Lessner Road. After 2.1 miles, look for a small wooded parking area on the right. (Note that Lessner Road becomes Benner Road after 1.6 miles.)