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Lampson Preserve

Visitors to the Lampson preserve can travel along a loop trail that leads through meadows and forests to the scenic Bagaduce River in the towns of Castine and Penobscot.
Trail Activity
Length
0.5 miles, Loop
Difficulty
Easy
Towns
Castine, Penobscot
Surface
Dirt/Forest Floor, Rock/Ledge, Boardwalk/Bog Bridging, Grass
Pets
Permitted
Fees
No

Description

Maine Coast Heritage Trust's 21-acre Lampson Preserve is a sloping riverfront property located along the Bagaduce River in the towns of Castine and Penobscot. Rising from the edge of a small cove on the Bagaduce River, known as Grindle's Eddy, the preserve includes approximately 1,500 feet of shoreline. Visitors to the preserve can travel along a loop trail that leads through meadows and forests to the scenic river.

The diversity of habitats on the Lampson Preserve attracts a variety of wildlife. Monarch butterflies, tree swallows, and deer frequent the open areas. The forested portions of the preserve are home to songbirds, wood frogs, and ruffed grouse. Along the shore, visitors can spot bald eagle, osprey, shorebirds, and harbor seals foraging in the river.

In 1998, MCHT acquired this 21-acre property thanks to a generous donation. MCHT's acquisition ensured its protection. Later, the property was named the Starr and Virginia Lampson Preserve, in tribute to a previous landowner.

Other Information

Preserve Information and Guidelines:

  • Please respect the privacy of preserve neighbors
  • No camping permitted
  • No fires permitted
  • Carry out all trash, including human and pet waste and toilet paper
  • Keep pets under strict voice or leash control

Trail Manager

For more information and a printable preserve map, please visit Maine Coast Heritage Trust's website.

Maine Coast Heritage Trust

Maine Coast Heritage Trust
1 Bowdoin Mill Island, Suite 201
Topsham, ME 04086
Phone: (207) 729-7366
padams@mcht.org

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Trailhead Information

From the junction of ME-166 and ME-199 in Castine, follow ME-199 a few hundred feet northeast to the parking area on the right.

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