Posted on June 2, 2015 and last updated on August 19, 2020

Crooked Farm Nature Preserve, Bristol


  • Preserve Size: 130 acres
  • Trail Mileage: 2.8 miles round trip
  • Pets: yes
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Sights: forest, wetlands, fields, Pemaquid River

I saw lovely wildflowers when I walked here in May, and no one shared the trail with me (except, of course, lots of ticks — erg). The Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust trail, if you do the loop, is about 2.8 miles, some of it along a gentle stretch of the Pemaquid River. At the far end of the 130-acre preserve is Boyd Pond, and a short (possibly overgrown) trail to it that takes you to a pretty lookout. When I tried to walk here in the winter, it was quite difficult to find the trail — so this may be a warm-weather only trek. Also, when I tried to walk the .2-mile Pine Loop, a downed tree blocked the trail and I couldn’t find my way.

Directions: From Damariscotta, take the Bristol Road 9.9 miles and turn left on to Old County Road at the Bristol Library. Travel 0.8 miles and turn left into the preserve parking area (before the Carpenter’s Boatshop).


Let me know if you have any trail updates or corrections!