Osborn Finch Wildlife Sanctuary

Osborn Finch Preserve

Click to view a downloadable pdf brochure about the Osborn Finch Wildlife Sanctuary, with directions and trail map.

In 1992, The Nature Conservancy transferred the Osborn Finch Wildlife Sanctuary on Waldoboro’s Dutch Neck to the PWA. This preserve includes 2 acres of grassy field and 9 acres of magical, moss-draped woodlands boasting some of the oldest white and red spruce trees in the mid-coast Maine area.

The short trail from the parking area to the flat-rock banks of the Medomak River makes this an excellent picnic spot and an ideal walk for all ages. Explore the tidal marshland and the coastal geology visible from exposed bedrock, large granite boulders, and moraines. Overlooking the preserve’s stunningly beautiful 300 feet of Medomak River shorefront is a rustic cabin available for public overnight stays from mid-May to September by reservation.

About Dutch Neck

Much of Dutch Neck was cleared for cropland between 1735 and 1800 by “Dutchmen” — German immigrants who had been encouraged to settle the land of the Muscongus Patent and thereby secure the Patent (and profits) for General Samuel Waldo. In the early 1900s, more than three-quarters of the Neck was still in sheep pasture and crops. Stone walls were created as farmers cleared their fields and piled the stones into rough walls along the edges of their properties.

Directions to Osborn Finch Wildlife Sanctuary

From Damariscotta, take Biscay Road to Route 32. Travel north on Route 32 for 6.3 miles and turn right on to Dutch Neck Road. At the fork go left for 2.5 miles. Preserve sign and grassy parking area are on the left.To reach the preserve from Route 1 Waldoboro, turn onto Route 32 South, go 2.7 miles and turn east onto Dutch Neck Road.
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Preserve photography by Hannah McGhee.

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