Salt Bay Heritage Trail

Newcastle, Maine

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Follow the shoreline of Great Salt Bay, a tidal estuary rich with marine, bird, and animal life, to the Glidden Midden, an ancient oyster shell heap on the Damariscotta River. The watershed of the Upper Damariscotta River is one of immense natural beauty, a scenic landscape of bays and islands, salt marshes and mud flats, and rivers and streams. Bordered by hills, fields, and forests, the nutrient-rich tidal estuary is home to a diverse array of marine life, birds, and animal life. The Damariscotta River Association (DRA), established in 1973, has worked to protect more than 2,900 acres of land and 23 miles of shoreline here. The majority of the area around shallow, warm, and brackish Great Salt Bay was designated the state’s first Marine Shellfish Preserve by the Maine legislature in 2002 “because of its undisturbed nature, its support of common and uncommon biodiversity, and its rich prehistoric and historic record,” according to the DRA. Take advantage of numerous opportunities to explore this special area, starting with Salt Bay Heritage Trail.
AMC's Best Day Hikes Along the Maine Coast

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AMC's Best Day Hikes Along the Maine Coast

by Carey Michael Kish (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)

Follow the shoreline of Great Salt Bay, a tidal estuary rich with marine, bird, and animal life, to the Glidden Midden, an ancient oyster shell heap on the Damariscotta River.

The watershed of the Upper Damariscotta River is one of immense natural beauty, a scenic landscape of bays and islands, salt marshes and mud flats, and rivers and streams. Bordered by hills, fields, and forests, the nutrient-rich tidal estuary is home to a diverse array of marine life, birds, and animal life.

The Damariscotta River Association (DRA), established in 1973, has worked to protect more than 2,900 acres of land and 23 miles of shoreline here. The majority of the area around shallow, warm, and brackish Great Salt Bay was designated the state’s first Marine Shellfish Preserve by the Maine legislature in 2002 “because of its undisturbed nature, its support of common and uncommon biodiversity, and its rich prehistoric and historic record,” according to the DRA. Take advantage of numerous opportunities to explore this special area, starting with Salt Bay Heritage Trail.

© 2015 Carey Michael Kish/Appalachian Mountain Club Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking, Snowshoeing
Nearby City: Newcastle
Distance: 3
Elevation Gain: 105 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Year-round from dawn to dusk
Additional Use: Skiing
Accessibility: Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Damariscotta River Association (damariscottariver.org; 207-563-1393)
Local Maps: USGS Damariscotta; Maine Atlas and Gazetteer, Map 7 (DeLorme); mainetrailfinder.com
Driving Directions: Directions to Salt Bay Heritage Trail

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