Keyes Woods Preserve

Length: 2.2 miles


  • moderate

Permitted Use:

Pemaquid Watershed Association, with assistance from Damariscotta River Association, acquired this 70-acre forested parcel along the Pemaquid River in 2018 shortly before the two organizations unified to become Coastal Rivers. Purchase of the property was made possible by the generous support of George Keyes, joined by his brothers Henry and Jonathan.

Managing organization: Coastal Rivers


Keyes Woods is a beautiful wooded property in Bristol extending east to the Pemaquid River from Poor Farm Road, with over 1900 feet of shoreline and a free-flowing tributary stream. The outflow of this stream, at a quiet bend in the river, is a hotspot for waterfowl viewing. Crisscrossed with historical stone walls, the preserve offers a number of interesting features including old stone foundations and glacial erratics. Wildlife such as deer, porcupine, and ruffed grouse are abundant.

Note: Because of its importance to wildlife, no dogs are permitted at Keyes Woods.

Directions to Trailhead:

Located at 185 Poor Farm Road in Bristol. From Business Rt. 1 in Damariscotta, follow Bristol Road (Route 129 to Route 130) south toward Pemaquid for 4.8 miles. Turn left onto Poor Farm Road. The trailhead is located 1.0 mile down Poor Farm Road, on the right.


Preserve Guidelines:

Please click here for additional guidelines to this preserve.

>>Download a printable version of the trail map here.

map of Keyes Woods Preserve