Marsh River Bog

Trail Overview

The Marsh River Bog Preserve features three loop trails and a bog, opening up to exploration a natural community that few visitors ever have a chance to see.
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Trail Activity
1.0 mile, Network
Dirt/Forest Floor, Boardwalk/Bog Bridging
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Cotton grass, bog orchids, cranberries, and stunted trees cling to a mat of peat moss which forms an ‘island’ in the center of the bog.

Numerous individuals, foundations and public funds made the acquisition possible, among them the Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund, supported by the purchase of special instant lottery tickets, a North American Wetlands Conservation Act grant, the Fields Pond Foundation and the Falcon Foundation.

Other Information

Preserve is open from dawn to dusk. No camping or fires permitted. Picking of plants and flowers is strictly prohibited. Ticks are abundant on this preserve. Please take extra precautions.

To protect wildlife and for the sake of other visitors, dogs must be leashed or otherwise under control at all times.

Trail Manager

Visit Damariscotta River Association online for more information or contact:

Damariscotta River Association

Damariscotta River Association
110 Belvedere Road
PO Box 133
Damariscotta, ME 04543
Phone: (207) 563-1393
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Trail Tips

Minimize Campfire Impacts
Consider using a cooking stove and alternative light source (flashlight, candle, lantern) instead of building a campfire.
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Trailhead Information

The preserve, marked by a large sign, is located in Newcastle on the right side of US Route 1 as you are headed southbound just beyond the Snead Spur, which joins US Route 1 and River Road. Take a right off of US Route 1 and pull back into the parking area among the tall pines. Northbound, look for a car dealer, Mike’s Place, and Freedom Fuel – continue a  few hundred yards and turn left into the shared dirt drive to park.

Click on a parking icon to get custom directions
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