In 1992, The Nature Conservancy transferred the Osborn Finch Wildlife Sanctuary on Waldoboro’s Dutch Neck to the Pemaquid Watershed Association. This preserve includes 2 acres of grassy field and 9 acres of magical moss-draped woodlands boasting some of the oldest white and red spruce trees in the Midcoast area. Trails are generally in excellent condition, however there is a notable incline headed from the water back to the trailhead.
The main trail from the parking area to the flat-rock banks of the Medomak River makes this an excellent picnic spot and an ideal walk for all ages and provides an opportunity to explore the tidal marshland and the coastal geology visible from exposed bedrock, large granite boulders, and moraines.
From mid-May through September, the cabin on this preserve is available for public stays by reservation for a $50 donation per night (2-night minimum), contact Pemaquid Watershed Association to reserve. The Cabin Trail is restricted to guests staying at the cabin. Visitors are welcome to enjoy this preserve during daylight hours. Fires are not allowed.
Leashed dogs are permitted.
For more information visit the Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust website, or contact:
From Damariscotta, take Biscay Road to ME Route 32. Travel north on ME Route 32 for 6.3 miles and turn right on to Dutch Neck Road. At the fork go left for 2.5 miles. Preserve sign and grassy parking area are on the left. To reach the preserve from US Route 1 in Waldoboro, turn onto ME Route 32 South. Go 2.7 miles and turn east onto Dutch Neck Road.
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