Length: up to 1.75 miles
The Baker Forest is a 165-acre forest property owned and managed by the DRA. The property was donated by Bob and Margaret Baker of Newcastle in December 2003. The Bakers’ generosity ensures that this outstanding and diverse forest community will be available for present and future generations to enjoy. The gift of land begins on the River Road and extends westward nearly as far as Route One, crossing rocky ridges, flat and once cleared grazing ground, and a lowland stream with a long and current history of beaver activity. Owned and managed by the Bakers since the early 1960’s, this woodland presents itself as a mature forest community. As you wander through the forest, keep an eye out for moose tracks and sign.
Managing organizations: Damariscotta River Association
Trail Abstract: Two loop trails are marked with blue blazes, connected by spurs marked white. The Lower Blue Loop combined with the climb and descent to and from the trailhead, covers just about a mile. Walking the Upper Blue Loop and connecting spur adds about ¾ of a mile more. Many more trails, most of them old logging roads, exist on the property as well. These little-used paths are open for investigation to the intrepid explorer.
Directions to Trailhead: The preserve is located right along River Road in Newcastle less than a mile and a half south of Route 1. As you head south on River Road, you will see a small cemetery and then Kiln Road on your left. The preserve is on your right soon after with a small pull-off for two to three cars.