Rutherford Island Preserve

Length: About .6 mile there and back


  • easy

Permitted Use:

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

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Trail Abstract:

The trail is “in and back” to a lookout over the Damariscotta River. An osprey nest is visible along the way, as are stone walls and other signs of historical agriculture.

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 limiting noise. There is a bench at the trail’s end overlooking the mouth of the Damariscotta River.

Preserve Guidelines:

Please click here for guidelines to this preserve.

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

RutherfordIsland Island Preserve map