QUICK TRAIL FACTS
- 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.
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!
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).