Dodge Point Trail

Wiscasset, Maine

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With more than 500 acres and over 8000 feet of frontage on the tidal waters of the Damariscotta River, the Dodge Point Public Reserve is a four-season family destination where New England’s ever-changing scenery is on constant display. In addition to natural beauty, Dodge Point showcases human history, including an old mill site and brickyard, cellar holes and rock walls, and stands of large trees grown under the watchful eyes of a small woodlot owner whose trustees sold the land to the state in 1989. The preserve is a perfect location for a short, leisurely hike. Better yet, extend the day, pack a lunch, and take advantage of the many picnic locations along the shore. With waterfowl diving, seals foraging, and cool breezes blowing, the peaceful surroundings will send you home refreshed whichever option you choose.
Best Loop Hikes: New Hampshire's White Mountains to the Maine Coast

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Best Loop Hikes: New Hampshire's White Mountains to the Maine Coast

by Jeffrey Romano (The Mountaineers Books)

With more than 500 acres and over 8000 feet of frontage on the tidal waters of the Damariscotta River, the Dodge Point Public Reserve is a four-season family destination where New England’s ever-changing scenery is on constant display. In addition to natural beauty, Dodge Point showcases human history, including an old mill site and brickyard, cellar holes and rock walls, and stands of large trees grown under the watchful eyes of a small woodlot owner whose trustees sold the land to the state in 1989.

The preserve is a perfect location for a short, leisurely hike. Better yet, extend the day, pack a lunch, and take advantage of the many picnic locations along the shore. With waterfowl diving, seals foraging, and cool breezes blowing, the peaceful surroundings will send you home refreshed whichever option you choose.

©  Jeffrey Romano/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Wiscasset
Distance: 4.2
Elevation Gain: 450 feet
Trail Type: Several options
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 155 feet
Top Elevation: 270 feet
Local Contacts: Maine Bureau of Park and Lands
Local Maps: USGS Bristol
Driving Directions: Directions to Dodge Point Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

4/25/2009
1

Very nice pet friendly trail. Pleasant walk through the woods and beautiful views of the water.


2/22/2009
0

A VERY dog friendly place to go, if you happen to be walking with your pooches. A variety of trails in an expansive trail system. This is not a challenging trail system, but you get some nice water views, travel across small man-made bridges, and get to see some good wildlife. Many people use this place ALL year. Trails are always well trampled. Pretty decent parking area.


8/8/2008
1

For the coastal vacationer or local nature lover seeking a relaxing hour or two of solitude, it's hard to beat Dodge point. The preserve has trails that range from the very easy (Old Farm Road) to easy (Ravine Trail), but the lack of difficulty does not detract from the beauty. Once you reach the river, there are numerous places to sit, relax, and look out over the water. The preserve includes a dock, it you're inclined to approach it by water. There is a current project working to link the Damariscotta River to the Sheepscot River throught a continuous footpath - part of the excellent conservation work that is being done in the area.



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