Preserves & Trails

For  information on additional trails managed by the former Damariscotta River Association, visit Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust

Hiking Trails formerly managed by PWA

Coast Rivers now manages the former PWA’s 9 miles of trails with access to 2.5 miles of shorefront to provide recreational, scenic, and educational opportunities for the public. Click on a preserve for details and directions.
All of our trails are open to the public for low-impact use during daylight hours. Well-behaved dogs on leash are welcome on all of our preserves except for the Osborn Finch Wildlife Sanctuary.

Nature Preserves:

  1. Osborn Finch Wildlife Sanctuary, 11 acres off of Dutch Neck Road in Waldoboro, with 300 feet of Medomak River frontage and a 0.2-mile trail. On this preserve is a rustic cabin that is available by reservation with donation, minimum 2 night stay. See Osborn Finch Cabin or call the PWA office FMI.
  2. Doyle Preserve, 26 acres off Egypt Road in Damariscotta, with 1,200 feet of shoreline on Pemaquid Pond and about 1 mile of trails. Sponsored by The First.
  3. Hatchtown Preserve: 35-acre preserve off Sproul Hill Road in Bristol. Now open.
  4. Bearce Allen Preserve, 40 acres off Sproul Hill Road in Bristol, with a trail about 1 mile long. This preserve features a self-guided nature trail.
  5. Little Falls Brook Preserve, 21 acres off Carl Bailey Road in Bristol. Accessible via canoe, kayak or row boat in summer or by snowshoe in winter. Limited parking along the road.
  6. Crooked Farm Preserve, 129 acres off Old County Road in Bristol, with about a mile of Pemaquid River frontage and about 3 miles of trails. Co-managed with Damariscotta River Association.
  7. La Verna Preserve, 130 acres off Route 32 in Chamberlain, with 3,600 feet of shorefront along Muscongus Bay and 2.5 miles of trails. Sponsored by Masters Machine Co.
  8. Moxie Cove Preserve, just over half an acre and 70 feet of shorefront on Muscongus Sound in Round Pond. Due to erosion problems, Moxie Cove Preserve currently is not open to public access.
  9. Bass Rock Preserve , 11 acres off Back Shore Road in Round Pond, with 1,300 feet of shorefront along Muscongus Sound. A short trail (100-150 yards) leads to a rocky beach and small cove.
  10. Pemaquid Pond Preserve (P3), 30 acres off Turner Road at the southern end of Pemaquid Pond in Bremen. Trail map at kiosk.  Map of preserve location.
  11. Cosima’s Preserve, 44.5 acres off Benner Road in Bristol. Water access by Pemaquid River – At this time there are no trails, no kiosk.
  12. Miller-Clemons Preserve, 7 acres in Chamberlain.  No public access.
  13. McCurdy Islands Preserve, 11.5 acres in Bremen.  Newly acquired in 2017. Water access only.

*Bristol Recreational Trail, a 1-mile trail featuring about 500 feet of frontage along the Pemaquid River estuary. We maintain this trail as a service to the Town of Bristol. Sponsored by Bath Savings Institution.

NO Hunting Allowed on these Preserves:

  • Bristol Recreational Trail, Bristol
  • Hatchtown Preserve, Bristol
  • Osborn Finch Preserve, Waldoboro
  • Pemaquid Pond Preserve, Bremen
  • No access from the land: Little Falls Brook Preserve, Bristol

All other Preserves are open for hunting in season. Hikers should be aware of hunting seasons and wear blaze orange or other bright colors for safety & stay on trails!

For more walking and hiking opportunities across Maine:

Trail Guides Available at the Coastal Rivers office

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 Interactive Guide to Preserves

Welcome to the virtual tour of all of the former Pemaquid Watershed Association’s public preserves and trails. To use this guide, go to our Google Map location, then click on the name of a preserve listed to see the location of the trailhead, pictures, and trail information. Alternatively, clicking on the blue markers on the map will open a dialogue box with information about the preserve you have chosen. Green markers represent points of interest throughout the watershed.

Additional detail sometimes is available by zooming in on the map – as in the Bearce Allen Interpretive Trail, for example.

A word about ticks…

Please take precautions against insect bites, especially ticks which are enjoying the early arrival of warmer weather. Some good information is available on the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention website regarding ticks and Lyme disease.

Osborn Finch Wildlife Sanctuary Doyle Preserve Little Falls Brook Preserve Bearce-Allen Preserve Crooked Farm Preserve Bristol Recreational Trail La Verna Preserve Moxie Cove Preserve Bass Rock Preserve

View the Google Map in a larger map

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