Great Salt Bay Farm & Heritage Center

This 115-acre property is DRA’s headquarters campus, home to our offices, educational programs, and wildlife preserve. One of few intact saltwater farms in the Midcoast, the property was acquired in several pieces starting in 1994 with the help of generous members, neighbors, and donors, including Betty Noyce. LEARN MORE ABOUT GREAT SALT BAY FARM Beyond the trails discussed here, Great Salt Bay Farm offers numerous programs and amenities for visitors. Managing organizations: Damariscotta River Association Trail Abstract: A variety of habitats in close proximity make the Farm a regional birding destination. Other highlights of the property include our nature center, community

Crooked Farm

The Crooked Farm Preserve was established in 2002, as a result of a community partnership among Crook family, the Carpenter’s Boat Shop, the Pemaquid Watershed Association, and the Damariscotta River Association, along with the financial support of the local community and funding from the Land for Maine’s Future Program in collaboration with the Maine Department of Conservation. Managing organizations: Owned by the Pemaquid Watershed Association and co-managed by Damariscotta River Association. Trail Abstract:

Whaleback Shell Midden State Historic Site

Whaleback is an 11 acre property owned by the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands and operated cooperatively with the Damariscotta River Association. Managing organizations: Damariscotta River Association/Partner Owned Trail Abstract: The site once contained a massive oyster shell heap or midden formed over a period of more than 1,000 years by Native Americans. The shells were processed for chicken feed in the late 1800’s, leaving behind just a fraction of the original mounds. Interpretive storyboards relate the history of the middens, their accumulation and destruction, and also share stories of the Upper Damariscotta River. A swinging bench by the shore

Library Park

Library Park’s 16 acres of mossy, forested shorefront land slope steeply toward John’s Bay and afford excellent views of the bay and Witch Island. The original preserve was made of two parcels donated by Jane Sewall, who also donated the site of the adjoining library to the town, and was later enlarged with the help of Randy Phelps and Pamela Daley. Managing organizations:   Damariscotta River Association Trail Abstract: To complete the loop back to the library, a generous family to the south of the preserve has allowed the DRA to use a trail they had constructed many years earlier. Please

Seal Cove Shore Preserve

Seal Cove Shore Preserve lies on the western side of the cove bearing its name. A wooded property, it contains fresh and saltwater wetlands, towering white pines, and more than 2,000 feet of water frontage. The shoreline is marked by a minor cove or “bight” frequented by wading birds and small fish, including at least two species of sticklebacks–native minnows.  Seal Cove itself provides wading bird and waterfowl habitat and supports extensive and economically significant clam flats. Check out our Seal Cove video on our video page (November 12, 2014). Managing organizations:   Damariscotta River Association Trail Abstract:   A spur

Tracy Shore

Tracy Shore is a property of the Town of South Bristol along the eastern shore of Jones Cove on the Damariscotta River. A well-marked system of trails wends its way past vernal pools, cascading streams, and cliffs adorned in rock tripe and ferns, culminating at a promontory affording stunning views of the cove and river. Much of the viewshed is protected by conservation easements donated to the DRA by preservation-minded neighbors. Read “Featured Trail: Discovering Tracy Shore” and see a photo gallery of images (May 26, 2016). Managing organizations:   Partner owned/Damariscotta River Association co-managed Trail Abstract Mr. and Dr. (Mrs.)

Stratton Island

Stratton Island was one of DRA’s very first acquisitions. The 28-acre island was a gift of the late Ann Stratton in 1988. The Strattons of Shreveport, Louisiana traveled to Maine every summer and until 1938 made Hodgdon’s their “menigawum,” which according to family tradition means “island home.” They kept a cow and built a large log cabin on the land. Sign of their habitation can still be seen, but, save for a well-defined foot trail, the human presence has faded into the background. Managing organizations:   Damariscotta River Association. Trail Abstract: Both eagles and osprey call the island home today, and

Sherman Marsh & Carolyn O’Brien Peninsula Preserve

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

Salt Bay Heritage Trail

A great walk along the shore and woods of the Great Salt Bay on a combination of boardwalks, bridges, and trails. Managing organizations: Damariscotta River Association Trail Abstract: Along with a large DRA conservation easement on private property, Salt Bay Preserve covers most of Glidden Point, which was bisected by Route 1 in the 1960’s. Beginning with boardwalks across a salt marsh, the three-mile Heritage Trail follows the shoreline of the Great Salt Bay before crossing under Route 1 through an old sheep tunnel. Soon thereafter, a spur to the shore allows access to one of Maine’s most important archaeological sites

Round Top Farm

Long a destination for music and arts, Round Top Farm is now a recreational hotspot as well. Managing organizations: Damariscotta River Association Trail Abstract: Trails meander across open fields to the shore of the Upper Damariscotta River. Picnic tables are placed for ideal viewing of wildlife and wild currents. A northbound connector trail allows access to Whaleback Shell Midden State Historic Site. Directions to Trailhead: Located at 3 Round Top Lane in Damariscotta, opposite Hammond Lumber and between Round Top Ice Cream and Women of Substance. Preserve Guidelines: Please click here for guidelines to this preserve.