Posted on July 7, 2014 and last updated on December 15, 2020

Dodge Point Public Reserved Land, Newcastle


  • Preserve Size: 521 acres
  • Trail Mileage: 5.5 miles in network
  • Pets: yes
  • Difficulty: easy to moderate
  • Sights: Damariscotta River, red pine forest, old ice pond, sand beach, pebble beach

On the map above, Dodge Point is yellow; Zak Preserve is blue; River-Link Trail is red; Schmid Preserve is green.

This is a classic, and a stunner. The 521-acre preserve, with sandy and pebbly beaches, is a state park maintained by the Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust

Several miles of trails and lovely footage along the Damariscotta River make this spot a favorite with locals, and consequently, there always seems to be several cars in the parking lot. There is a second parking lot farther south along River Road, if this parking lot is full. But be warned: the connector trail from the second parking lot to the Dodge Point trail system is quite steep and rocky!

You can also take a long walk from Dodge Point to Zak Preserve, roughly 6.7 miles, on the River-Link Trail.

Directions: From North: Take Newcastle exit off US Route 1 and turn left on Mills Road. Follow the road for 0.5 miles. At the stop sign, head straight following River Road for 2 miles. The parking lot and trailhead will be on your left. Additionally, there is another large parking lot a bit more than 0.5 miles farther along River Road, if you’re going south. This parking lot lies at the end of the long-distance River-Link Trail. You can also hike into Dodge Point Preserve from here if you cross the street (I haven’t hiked this connector trail yet, it’s just drawn on my map).


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