Posted on November 27, 2013 and last updated on April 02, 2020

Cooley Center Pond Preserve and Elbow Hill, Phippsburg


  • Preserve Size: 253 acres
  • Trail Mileage: ~6.5 miles in network
  • Pets: yes
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Sights: Center Pond, woods, streams, old beaver pond

Phippsburg Land Trust does it again, offering a huge, quiet, lovely tract of conserved land etched with many trails to make for long and varied walks. The perimeter trail (4.7 miles, marked with red blazes) is very pleasant as it borders Center Pond, in which you probably can probably swim, although I haven’t. There is a sweet beaver pond in the center of the parcel, too. The interior trails (mostly old logging roads) were a little less marked, or less reliably marked when I visited in the winter of 2016, than the perimeter one.

You can also walk to Elbow Hill and do a small loop. There are views through trees of the marsh.

Directions: Take Rte. 209 (High St.) south from Bath, to Winnegance; continue on Rte. 209 (Main Rd.) south 4 miles to the Center Store. Turn left onto Parker Head Rd. and go .6 mile, crossing the Center Pond causeway, and up the hill to the Center Pond Preserve parking lot on the right.