Great Salt Bay Farm & Heritage Center

Length: >3 miles in total, but loops vary from 0.5 to 1.5 miles.


  • easy

Permitted Use:

This 115-acre property is DRA’s headquarters campus, home to our offices, educational programs, and wildlife preserve. One of few intact saltwater farms in the Midcoast, the property was acquired in several pieces starting in 1994 with the help of generous members, neighbors, and donors, including Betty Noyce.


Beyond the trails discussed here, Great Salt Bay Farm offers numerous programs and amenities for visitors.

Managing organizations: Damariscotta River Association

Trail Abstract:

A variety of habitats in close proximity make the Farm a regional birding destination. Other highlights of the property include our nature center, community gardens, Twin Villages Foodbank Farm, a popular sledding hill, salt and restored freshwater wetlands with an observation platform, and trails through forest and meadow along the Great Salt Bay, Maine’s first Marine Protected Area. Stay posted on our agricultural initiatives as well!

Directions to Trailhead:

Great Salt Bay Farm is located at 110 Belvedere Road in Damariscotta, less than half a mile off of Route 1. Coming up Route 1 from the South, pass the main Damariscotta exit and continue for slightly more than 2 miles to the blinking light at Belvedere Road. Take a left on Belvedere and the DRA will be on your left; a white farmhouse opposite a large barn. From the North on 1, after you cross the Damariscotta town line from Nobleboro continue about a mile to the bottom of the hill and take a right at the blinking light onto Belvedere Road.

Preserve Guidelines:

All dogs must be leashed at Great Salt Bay Farm as the property is home to vulnerable nesting grassland and shore birds.

Please click here for guidelines to this preserve.

Download the preserve map here.

map of Great Salt Bay Farm