Colby Wildlife Preserve

The Colby Wildlife Preserve is a 12-acre parcel on the Damariscotta River. A loop trail provides access to the Salt Mash Cove which was the site of saltworks, iceworks, a brickyard, ferry landing, sawmills, and gristmills, but is now in a natural state.
Trail Activity
0.6 miles, Loop
Dirt/Forest Floor


In 1994, the Colby Wildlife Preserve was donated to the BRLT by Kitzi Colby’s daughters, Joanna Cameron and Anni Black. The preserve is a 12-acre parcel on Salt Marsh Cove on the Damariscotta River. Rich in history, this cove was once the site of saltworks, iceworks, a brickyard, ferry landing, sawmills and gristmills. Now in its natural state, the Salt Marsh Cove is of environmental importance to the health of the Damariscotta River. From the parking area on River Road, access the preserve by following the old road 0.3 miles to Salt Marsh Cove. The whole Loo Trail is 0.6 miles back to the parking lot.

Other Information

The Boothbay Region Land Trust (BRLT) manages the preserve and has worked to preserve the scenic beauty of the Boothbay region since 1980 through conserving land for the benefit and enjoyment of the residents and visitors.

BRLT properties are open for quiet, low impact activities. When visiting this BRLT property, please observe the following rules:

  • Overnight camping and fires are not allowed.
  • Keep dogs within your sight and under control and carry out all litter.
  • Parties greater than 10 must obtain permission from BRLT first.
  • Commercial use is not permitted.

Trail Manager

Visit Boothbay Region Land Trust online for more information and a printable map or contact:

Boothbay Region Land Trust

Boothbay Region Land Trust
PO Box 183
Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538
Phone: (207) 633-4818
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Respect other trail users and be courteous when passing.
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Trailhead Information

From Boothbay, travel north on ME Route 27 from Boothbay Center for 2.9 miles to River Road. Turn right on River Road and travel another 3.2 miles. The Colby Preserve will be on your right.

From Newcastle, take River Road from US Route 1 and follow it approximately 6.0 miles. The Colby Preserve will be on the left.

From Edgecomb, take ME Route 27 south from US Route 1 for 3.7 miles. Turn left onto McCay Road and follow it for 1.7 miles. Turn right onto River Road and travel another 0.7 miles. The Colby Preserve will be on your right.

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