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 Trail Abstract: 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 …

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Pemaquid Watershed Association (now Coastal Rivers) accepted the 120-acre La Verna Preserve as a formal transfer from The Nature Conservancy (TNC) in 2009. The preserve was acquired in three parts between 1965 and 1973. Dr. Elizabeth Hoyt and her sister, Mrs. Anna Mavor, donated a 30-acre parcel; their family trust, the La Verna Foundation, donated a 55-acre parcel; and The Nature Conservancy purchased the remaining 34-acre parcel at the southwest end of the preserve. Managing organization: Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust Description: Trails: La Verna Preserve features the Hoyt Trail (0.6 mi), which follows the right -of-way across from the parking area, …

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This 10-acre preserve, donated by J. Huston Dodge, Sr. , includes over 500 feet of frontage along the Damariscotta River and features a unique geologic formation called a tombolo. The shoreline here is a spawning site for horseshoe crabs. Managing organization: Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust Description: The trail descends gently through a field, and then winds down to the shore past a large glacial erratic. A beautiful spot to watch the sun set. Directions to Trailhead: The parking area for Huston Landing is located on the Bristol Road (Rt. 129) in Damariscotta, 1.6 miles from Business Route 1, on the right …

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Walpole Woods is a property of the Town of South Bristol. This approximately fifty acre woodlot was a gift of the neighboring Gordon Merriam family to the former Damariscotta Area Recreational Alliance in 1963. Subsequently, ownership was transferred to the Town of South Bristol in 1978. Stewardship of the property was entrusted to the Damariscotta River Association in 2003, which now, as Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust, works in partnership with the town. It was Mr. Merriam’s wish “that trails could be opened up to the public for walks and enjoyment of woodland, springs, mosses, wildlife, etc. In winter the trails …

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This trail was built by Coastal Rivers Trail Tamers during the summer of 2014 on a 15-acre property on Rutherford Island in South Bristol. Look for the sign along West Side Road directing you to the trailhead. Managing organization: Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust Trail Description: The trail is “in and back” to a lookout over the Damariscotta River. Stone walls and other signs of historical agriculture are evident along the path. The final leg of the trail to the shore crosses private property, thanks to permission from the neighboring landowners. Please respect their gift of access by staying on the trail and …

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The River~Link Trail was made possible thanks to the River~Link initiative with funding and support from numerous partners. Managing organizations: See map for details. Trail Description: Amazingly, a few large blocks of forest land remain on the Boothbay Peninsula, large enough to support moose and other creatures that require room to roam. Look for signs of these forest denizens as you hike. Beginning from the River~Link parking lot, you will skirt the western boundary of the preserve and then turn south into the Rocky Ridge Preserve. You’ll stay on this high ground for a while, eventually crossing onto a public access …

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The Mills Overlook Preserve exists today thanks to a generous gift from Anne (Nancy) Booth, who donated the 17-acre property to Damariscotta River Association in 1999. Her love of the land and an appreciation of its place in the history of her family and community led her to seek the assistance of DRA in ensuring that it would forever be protected and made accessible to the public. Managing organizations: Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust Trail Description: An easy to moderate one mile loop trail connects two of the Damariscotta region’s most cherished and historic landmarks: the St. Patricks Church and the Damariscotta …

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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, …

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One of few intact saltwater farms in the Midcoast, this 115-acre wildlife preserve was acquired in several pieces starting in 1994 with the help of generous members, neighbors, and donors, including Betty Noyce. LEARN MORE ABOUT SALT BAY FARM Managing organization: Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust Description: A variety of habitats in close proximity make the Farm a regional birding destination. Other highlights of the property include Twin Villages Foodbank Farm, a popular sledding hill, salt and restored freshwater wetlands with an observation platform, and trails through forest and meadow along Great Salt Bay, Maine’s first Marine Protected Area. Directions to Trailhead: …

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The Crooked Farm Preserve was established in 2002, as a result of a community partnership among Crook family, the Carpenter’s Boat Shop, the Pemaquid Watershed Association, and the Damariscotta River Association, along with the financial support of the local community and funding from the Land for Maine’s Future Program in collaboration with the Maine Department of Conservation. Managing organization: Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust Description: Crooked Farm Preserve is open to the public for walking, boating, hunting and fishing with nearly 130 acres of forest, wetlands, and open fields, complete with high knolls and ravines. Its gravel streambeds are spawning habitat for …

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