Length: 3.3 miles
Hatchtown Preserve in Bristol was donated to PWA by the Pangilinan-Borromeo family in 2015. The intent is to keep this land along the Pemaquid River in a natural state, allow public enjoyment of the area, and to provide access to the river by non-motorized kayak and canoe.
Managing organization: Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust
This preserve consists of 35 acres along the west side of the Pemaquid River from south of the Hatchtown Bridge on the Lower Round Pond Rd down to the inlet into Boyd Pond. The primary conservation value is the undisturbed habitat along the shore of the river. There are also wetlands by the river, wooded uplands and a vernal pool. The river frontage will be left in a natural state. There is access by water where the blue trail meets the river. Look for lots of wildlife!
Directions to Trailhead:
From Damariscotta, take Rt. 130 south to Bristol Mills. Take the left directly after Bristol Town Hall onto Lower Round Pond Rd. Travel 1.1 miles and turn right onto Sproul Hill Rd. Go ¼ mile to the Hatchtown Preserve sign on the left at Boyd Pond Lane. Turn down Boyd Pond Lane and travel to the parking area and kiosk on the left. (A private driveway is to the right.) The trail head starts at the kiosk.