Sherman Marsh & Carolyn O’Brien Peninsula Preserve

Length: 2.5 miles for main loop. Another mile for O'Brien spur.


  • moderate

Permitted Use:

Sherman Marsh is a wonderful place to view wading birds and other wildlife.

Managing organizations:   See map for details.

Trail Abstract: Sherman Lake is no longer a lake, but the Wildlife Management Area maintains its original name. Acquired by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife in 1996 with the help of DRA, this 95-acre property is varied, little-used, and rich in human history. A high ridge covered in juniper forms the spine of the peninsula and about half-way north a visitor encounters the remains of an old homestead.

The adjacent 22-acre Carolyn O’Brien Preserve was a gift of James and Carolyn O’Brien of Newcastle to the DRA in 2003. A band of cliffs defines the western boundary of the preserve and a salt marsh that was once the lake defines the eastern boundary. At some future date, both properties will be incorporated into the River ~ Link trail.

Directions to Trailhead: Both Newcastle properties are accessed from Dodge Road just a few hundred feet east of Middle Road (or 0.8 miles off of Route 1). Park just into the woods road, but please do not block access.

Preserve Guidelines:

Please click here for guidelines to this preserve.