Length: 1/3 to 1 mile depending on route
The Marsh River Bog Preserve is a 54 acre property that DRA purchased in 2004.
Managing organizations: Damariscotta River Association
The Marsh River Bog Preserve features three loop trails and a bog, opening up to exploration a natural community that few visitors ever have a chance to see. Cotton grass, bog orchids, cranberries, and stunted trees cling to a mat of peat moss which forms an ‘island’ in the center of the bog. Numerous individuals, foundations and public funds made the acquisition possible, among them the Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund, supported by the purchase of special instant lottery tickets, a North American Wetlands Conservation Act grant, the Fields Pond Foundation and the Falcon Foundation.
Directions to Trailhead
The preserve, marked by a large sign, is located in Newcastle on the rights side of Route 1 as you are headed southbound just beyond the Snead Spur which joins Route 1 and River Road. Take a right off of Route 1 and pull back into the parking area among the tall pines. Northbound, look for a car dealer, Mike’s Place and Freedom Fuel – continue a few hundred yards and turn left into the shared dirt drive to park.