Cosima’s Preserve, Bristol

The trail map to this 44.5-acre preserve promises a “ledge,” without more explanation. But despite its unprepossessing name, the ledge is one of the more delightful I’ve come across — and a seemingly great perch for swimming in the summer. It is flat, relatively big, and looks out over a pretty spot of the Pemaquid River.

The loop trail is easy, but you do walk down a fairly long hill from the trailhead to reach the ledge (and future boat landing site). The distance from parking area to ledge is .4 miles.

Directions: Cosima’s Preserve is located at 460 Benner Road in Bristol. From Damariscotta, travel 2.7 miles east on Biscay Road. Take a right onto Lessner Road. After 2.1 miles, look for a small wooded parking area on the right.