Posted on July 1, 2014 and last updated on August 21, 2017

Salt Bay Heritage Trail, Newcastle


  • Preserve Size: Not sure
  • Trail Mileage: ~3-mile loop
  • Pets: yes
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Sights: boardwalks, Great Salt Bay, Native American shell middens, forest, beaver ponds

The loop trail sticks fairly close to busy Route 1. Though you can hear the roar of traffic at some points, the trail is still peaceful and lovely. The entire loop is around 3 miles, and the southern portion of the trail leads to a glittering Native American midden of oyster shells. The midden, on the banks of the river, is a mound of earth and shells several feet high. The south side of the trail also passes through private easement land, and you should be mindful of walking on a homeowner’s property. Also, the trail can be fairly hard to follow on the southern side, but it’s also difficult to get lost. Locals know the trails that aren’t included on the map. Check out the Damariscotta River Association for more info. One more thing — if it’s been wet, it’s hard to cross the Route 1 culvert (old sheep tunnel?) connecting the two sides of the trail. Also, it’s advisable to come here at low tide, plus or minus three hours.

Directions: From US Route 1 in Damariscotta head north on ME Route 215 for 0.2 Miles until you reach Lincoln County Publishing on the left. Park in the Lincoln County Publishing lot. The trailhead is located directly across road from Lincoln county publishing. To access the southern portion of the trail, look for (an overgrown0 trailhead off to the right of the highway ramp. You’ll have to jump over the safety rail. You can also access the trails from Glidden Street. Walk through the driveway pillars and the trail through the meadow is to the right.

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