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The Bristol Recreational Trail is a special trail that crosses town-owned property, private property, and school property and is maintained by Coastal Rivers. This gem of a walking path starts at Route 130 just south of the Bristol Consolidated School, leads back to the Pemaquid Estuary, then returns to the highway just north of the school near Lupine Road. It is about 1-mile long and is an easy 30-minute walk. There is a short segment on school property that was designed to be handicap accessible. Signs adjacent to Route 130 are posted at both ends of the trail.
The trail affords beautiful views of about 500 feet of the tidal Pemaquid River, a brook flowing through a very rocky bed, some of the largest and oldest red oaks around, and some fine old stone walls. The trail was created in 2006 by the Town of Bristol and the PWA, with assistance from the Maine Conservation Corps and funding from the Maine Department of Conservation Recreational Trails Program. School students created interpretive signage on the leg of the trail north of the school.
Adopt-a-Trail Program Sponsor
Since 2008, Bath Savings Institution has sponsored the Bristol Recreational Trail as part of PWA’s Adopt-A-Trail Program.
Directions to the Bristol Recreational Trail
From Damariscotta, take the Bristol Road (Route 130) about 10 miles to the Bristol Consolidated School at 2153 Bristol Rd, which will be on the right.
When school is not in session, the public may park in the school lot and access the trail from off the right side of the lot. However, public parking in the school lot during regular school hours is prohibited. Just south of the school on the west side of the road is access to the trail directly off the road onto town property; there is limited pull-off parking at this site, and caution is advised when exiting/entering vehicles at this site due to traffic.
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Preserve photography by Hannah McGhee.