Mills Overlook

Trail Overview

Mills Overlook connects two of the Damariscotta region’s most cherished and historic landmarks: the St. Patrick's Church and the Damariscotta Mills Alewife Fish Ladder.
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0.8 miles, Network
Dirt/Forest Floor
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A highlight of the trail is the Mills Overlook itself – a rocky outcropping that features vistas of the fish ladder shed and landing area below, a church spire and old homes in the village along the Mills Road below, the north end of the Great Salt Bay, beautiful old farms and a distant view of the Camden Hills.

Other Information

The Mills Overlook Preserve exists today thanks to a generous gift from Anne (Nancy) Booth, who donated the 17 acre property to the Damariscotta River Association in 1999. Her love of the land and an appreciation of its place in the history of her family and community led her to seek the assistance of the DRA in ensuring that it would be protected and made accessible to the public.

Trail open dawn to dusk. No camping or fires permitted. Take extra precautions against ticks, which are abundant on this preserve, and poison ivy.

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

Plan Ahead and Prepare
Be prepared to find your way home. Familiarize yourself with the area before you set out and bring your map and compass along.
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Trailhead Information

From ME Route 215/Pond road in Nobleboro head south on Academy Hill Road for 0.1 miles. The official trailhead is opposite Saint Patrick’s Church. The church has kindly granted permission for walkers to park in their lower lot (back right as you face the church).

Click on a parking icon to get custom directions
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Georgia Walker
April 27, 2016
We enjoyed our hike on this trail and then over to the fish ladder today. The trail was sporadically marked - especially on the return.

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