Marsh River Preserve

The Marsh River Trails provide opportunities to explore the margins of the Marsh River and associated salt marshes. These easy trails take the visitor to scenic overlooks of the marsh.
Trail Activity
Length
0.9 miles, Network
Difficulty
Easy, Moderate
Town
Newcastle
Surface
Dirt/Forest Floor
Pets
Permitted
Fees
No

Description

The Marsh River Preserve is a 70-acre property with 5,500 feet of frontage on the Marsh River. The trails total nearly a mile in length, offer scenic views across the river, and meander along beautiful salt marshes teaming with wildlife, through mixed forests, and past interesting, cultural, geological and ecological features.

The Main Trail at Marsh River traverses the property following easy terrain to an overlook of the Marsh. There are two smaller loops at the east and west end of the Main Trail which take visitors through mixed forest types. Mature Hemlocks are dominant on the property along the cooler north facing slopes and seeps, while Beech and other hardwoods are found along the smaller loop trails. Witch Hazel is common in forest openings, and glacial erratics are found along the eastern loop, in a cooler hemlock forest with moss and ferns. Lookout for the Rattlesnake Plaintain, a native orchid, found along the trails!

The trail brochure, available at the kiosk and Midcoast Conservancy website, has an interpretive guide with markers along the route pointing out interesting stops.

Other Information

There are no facilities at this property. Leave No Trace: please carry out what you carry in and do not take souvenirs. As hunting is permitted, both hunters and hikers should use extreme caution during hunting season.

Dogs should be under control of their owners at all times; please clean up after your pets.

LMF Logo

This trail passes through a property that was acquired in part with funds from the Land for Maine’s Future program. For more information about the LMF program and the places it has helped to protect, please visit the LMF webpage.

Trail Manager

Visit the Midcoast Conservancy website for more information or contact:

Midcoast Conservancy

Midcoast Conservancy
290 US Route One
PO Box 439
Edgecomb, ME 04556
Phone: (207) 389-5150
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Trail Tips

Respect Wildlife
Avoid known animal mating or nesting areas during sensitive times.
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Trailhead Information

From South: Follow US Route 1 North from Wiscasset for 4.5 miles. Turn left onto Osprey Point Road, and then bear left onto Eagle Point Road. Follow to the cul-de-sac at the end and park.

From North: Follow US Route 1 South, and turn right onto Osprey Point Road at the top of the hill just past the Sherman Lake Rest Area. Bear left onto Eagle Point Road. Follow to the cul-de sac at the end and park.

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