QUICK TRAIL FACTS
- Preserve Size: Not sure
- Trail Mileage: ~2 miles in network
- Pets: yes
- Difficulty: easy
- Sights: saltwater marsh, streams, pond, granite ledges, fields, forest
This is a lovely preserve, which includes a large, undeveloped, quiet pond that is an excellent swimming hole. The trail, protected by the Midcoast Conservancy, is marked with visible blazes and is easy to follow, even with snow on the ground. It takes you to the edge of the pond, including to rocky ledges overlooking the water.
There is an unmarked trail around the pond that crosses private property. You can also access the pond from Gross Neck Road, which is private land that the owners have allowed the public to use as long as they don’t litter, light fires, camp, or cut trees. There isn’t much room to park here, unless you’re willing to drive over a bit of rocky, rooty stuff.
The loop from Dutch Neck Road is roughly 1.6 miles. The spur from Gross Neck Road to the blazed trails is .6 miles.
Directions: Take Route 1 North past Damariscotta and get off (turn right) at West Main Street. Turn right onto Route 32, and after 2.2 miles, turn left onto Dutch Neck Road. Parking for the trailhead is about .3 miles on the right, behind the community center.