QUICK TRAIL FACTS
- Preserve Size: 119 acres
- Trail Mileage: ~4 miles in my blue network, another ~4 miles at Berry Woods
- Pets: no
- Difficulty: easy to moderate
- Sights: salt marsh, pond, meadows, coastline, forest
Map above show the Josephine Newman trails in blue and the Berry Woods preserve trails in red. I also include the town’s Round the Cove preserve on the west side of the Sasanoa River. (Dogs are allowed there but not on the Audubon land.)
Tucked away in Georgetown is an Audubon preserve with well-marked trails through lovely land. Josephine Newman Preserve is accessible three ways: via its trailhead off of Route 127, from behind the historical society on Bay Point Road, or from the Berry Woods Preserve trails. You can do a long, leisurely walk here if you carry on to Berry Woods Preserve. Some of the trails are more rugged and up-and-down than others. The blue-blazed Geology Trail is a bit harder, while the orange-blazed Horseshoe Trail is the easiest. There’s a beautiful point on the red Rocky End Trail that you shouldn’t miss.
There is one slightly befuddling part of the trail where you head up hill following yellow blazes toward an abandoned cabin. The trail ends at the cabin’s ruins that you can’t really see if there’s snow on the ground. Head back down and continue your walk.
Directions: From the junction of U.S. Route 1 and Route 127 in Woolwich, just east of the Woolwich-Bath bridge, head south on 127 for 9.1 miles to Georgetown. From the junction of U.S. Route 1 and Route 127 in Woolwich, just east of the Woolwich-Bath bridge, head south on 127 for 9.1 miles to Georgetown. Turn right at the sanctuary sign and follow the entrance road to the parking area. You can also pick up the trail at the town hall at 20 Bay Point Road, behind the historical society.