From US Route 1 in Waldoboro, take ME Route 32 south for 2.7 miles. Turn left onto Dutch Neck Road, then right in 0.3 miles onto Gross Neck Road. Trailhead is at a green gate approximately 1.5 miles further on the right.
The Saltmarsh Woods Trail is one of several trails in the Geele Farm trail system. The trail weaves through second growth softwood forest and along the edge of the Western Branch of Broad Cove on the Medomak River, passing by a number of wetlands and vernal pools, which make way to streams flowing from freshwater marshes into the saltwater. Salt marshes and mud flats line the shores, providing homes to many species of animals and plants.
Several other trails lead to a series of small waterfalls where fresh water flows into the salt, and through fields along the shore of the Eastern Branch of Broad Cove (these fields are great for cross-country skiing!). Many remains of old farmsteads can be found.
The Saltmarsh Woods trail has uneven ground and one short steep section.
The Geele Farm trail system weaves through several privately owned properties. Most of this land is part of the original Geele Farm which was purchased by Charles Geele in 1886 for $1,000. The Geeles raised chickens and cows, and grew vegetables to feed their own family and to sell.
Remains of old homesteads, including a brick cistern, foundations and an apple orchard are found throughout the farm. Historically, a county road traversed the northern end of the trail system, and part of the trail follows this old road. The stone remains of an old bridge can still be seen at the head of the marsh.
These trails are made possible through the generosity of several private landowners, who allow public use of the trails. Please stay on the trail, carry out what you carry in, and keep your dogs leashed or under control at all times.
Visit Medomak Valley Land Trust online for more information, or contact:
Medomak Valley Land Trust
PO Box 180, Waldoboro, ME 04572