Marsh River Bog

Length: 1/3 to 1 mile depending on route


  • easy

Permitted Use:

The Marsh River Bog Preserve is a 54-acre property purchased by Damariscotta River Association in 2004, featuring a good-sized bog and wooded trails.

Managing organizations: Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust

Trail Description

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 right side of Route 1 as you are headed south, just beyond the Snead Spur which connects 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 dealership, Mike’s Place and Freedom Fuel – continue a few hundred yards and turn left into the shared dirt drive to park.

Preserve Guidelines

Please click here for guidelines to this preserve.

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

Marsh River Bog map