Length: >3 miles in total, but loops vary from 0.5 to 1.5 miles.
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.
Beyond the trails discussed here, Great Salt Bay Farm offers numerous programs and amenities for visitors.
Managing organizations: Damariscotta River Association
A variety of habitats in close proximity make the Farm a regional birding destination. Other highlights of the property include our nature center, community gardens, a popular sledding hill, wind generator, salt and restored freshwater wetlands with an observation platform, and trails through forest and meadow along the Great Salt Bay, Maine’s first Marine Protected Area. Stay posted on our agricultural initiatives as well!
Please note: Due to the presence of browntail moth caterpillars, which cause an itchy rash, the trail leading to Oyster Creek is closed until August 1.
Directions to Trailhead:
Great Salt Bay Farm is located at 110 Belvedere Road in Damariscotta, less than half a mile off of Route 1. Coming up Route 1 from the South, pass the main Damariscotta exit and continue for slightly more than 2 miles to the blinking light at Belvedere Road. Take a left on Belvedere and the DRA will be on your left; a white farmhouse opposite a large barn. From the North on 1, after you cross the Damariscotta town line from Nobleboro continue about a mile to the bottom of the hill and take a right at the blinking light onto Belvedere Road.
All dogs must be leashed at Great Salt Bay Farm as the property is home to vulnerable nesting grassland and shore birds.