Posted on July 7, 2014 and last updated on December 25, 2017

Dodge Point, Newcastle


  • Preserve Size: 521 acres
  • Trail Mileage: 5.5 miles in network
  • Pets: yes
  • Difficulty: easy
  • 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. 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. The 521-acre preserve, with sandy and pebbly beaches, is a state park maintained by the Damariscotta River Association. My map depicts just the outermost perimeter trail.

Additionally, you can 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. From South: Take Newcastle exit off US Route 1. At end of off ramp, turn right onto River Road, follow for 2 miles. The parking lot and trailhead will be on your left.

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