Bearce-Allen Preserve

The Bearce-Allen Interpretive Trail includes 21 different interpretive stations along an easy 1.1 mile loop. Learn about forest succession, tree identification, and how to look for signs of animals.
Trail Activity
Snowshoeing Walking Hiking
1.1 miles, Loop
Easy, Moderate
Dirt/Forest Floor
Permitted on leash


Donated to the Pemaquid Watershed Association by Allison Bearce Allen in 1991, the Bearce-Allen Preserve consists of 40 diverse forested acres with 3 trails and a rich history. In 1953, a forest fire swept through eastern parts of Bristol. The edge of this burn area can be seen at the point the yellow trail splits into the loop. The dominant vegetation type in the burned area is gray birch, and, in the non-burned area, red oak/Eastern white pine forest and red maple swamp. Trails are generally in excellent condition and are relatively flat.

The Bearce-Allen Interpretive Trail offers a wealth of knowledge. Pick up a guide at the kiosk as you enjoy your hike.

Other Information

Visitors are welcome to enjoy this preserve during daylight hours. Hunting is allowed in season on this preserve – hikers are encouraged to wear blaze orange. Fires not allowed on the property.

Leashed dogs are permitted.

Trail Manager

For more information visit the Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust website, or contact:

Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust

Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust
PO Box 333
Damariscotta, ME 04543
Phone: (207) 563-1393
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Trail Tips

Leave What You Find
Respect natural resources, cultural and historic items, and wildlife by looking rather than touching.
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Trailhead Information

From Damariscotta, take the Bristol Road (ME Route 130) 7.1 miles and turn left on to Sproul Hill Road. Travel 0.2 miles and turn right on to Austin Road. Preserve and trailhead are on the left, with small pullout for parking on the right.

Click on a parking icon to get custom directions
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