QUICK TRAIL FACTS
- 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.
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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