Posted on April 1, 2014 and last updated on August 22, 2017

Sherman Marsh and Carolyn O’Brien Peninsula Preserve, Newcastle


  • Preserve Size: 117 acres
  • Trail Mileage: 3.5 miles in network
  • Pets: yes
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Sights: salt marsh

This trail, managed by the Damariscotta River Association, is an unexpected delight! The land trust has posted tree markers along a little foot path. You can park on the side of Dodge Road, slightly before you get to the trail, or you can pull into the trail (a worn old road), and park to the side. You then follow the overgrown road all the way to the end of the peninsula, where there is a view of the marsh. Look for an orange triangle on the right of the road as you are facing toward Route 1 near the marsh lookout. The trail is roughly 3 miles. There is also another preserve adjoining the Sherman Preserve, with its own trail, but it looked unkempt when I visited and I didn’t explore.

Directions: Parking for the peninsula trail is a pull-off on Dodge Road, just a few hundred feet east of Middle Road, 0.8 miles from Route 1. Park just into the woods road, but do not block access.

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