Walking Trails & Nature Preserves
There are over two dozen walking trails & preserves in the Damariscotta area thanks to the combined networks of the Pemaquid Watershed Association and the Damariscotta River Association. A few highlights are listed here, but we encourage you to click the buttons below and visit the PWA and DRA websites for full listings of the lands they hold in stewardship to the community.
The Bristol Recreational Trail was created in 2006 by the Town of Bristol and the Pemaquid Watershed Association (PWA), with assistance from the Maine Conservation Corps. The path is about one-mile long and is an easy thirty-minute walk. It starts at Route 130 just south of the Bristol Consolidated School, leads back to over 1,800 feet of Pemaquid estuary shoreline, then returns to the highway just north of the school near Lupine Road.
The Crooked Farm Preserve is a 130-acre natural area with more than a mile of shoreline on the Pemaquid River and Boyd Pond in Pemaquid. It is owned by the Pemaquid Watershed Association. Take Old County Road in Pemaquid by the Bristol Area Library for 0.8 mile. The parking area is on your left.
The LaVerna Preserve encompasses about 130 acres protecting some 3,600 feet of rugged shore and a diversity of upland habitats, coniferous forests, forested wetlands, freshwater marsh, and gently sloping over-grown farmland. It is owned by the Nature Conservancy and maintained by the Pemaquid Watershed Association. The main trail to the shore is 1.2 miles long; two additional trails totaling 1.5 miles allow you to explore the northern and southern reaches of the Preserve. The parking area is about 3 miles north of New Harbor Village on Route 32.