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Seal Cove Shore

A short loop trail provides access to the shore of Seal Cove, frequented by a variety of wading birds and waterfowl.
Trail Activity
Hiking Walking Snowshoeing
1.0 mile, Loop
South Bristol
Dirt/Forest Floor, Boardwalk/Bog Bridging, Water - Coastal
Permitted on leash


This wooded property contains fresh and saltwater wetlands, towering white pines, and 3,000 feet of water frontage. The shoreline is marked by a minor cove or “bight” frequented by wading birds and small fish, including at least two species of sticklebacks–native minnows.  Seal Cove itself provides wading bird and waterfowl habitat and supports extensive and economically significant clam flats.

The trail begins on a 0.2 mile spur that leads along a ridge, then crosses primeval wetland, to meet up with a loop trail. The 0.8 mile loop travels through the woods and along the shoreline of the cove. It is recommended to walk the loop in a counter-clockwise direction to best take advantage of the views.

Other Information


  • Know the weather and terrain, dress appropriately.
  • Travel on durable surfaces - walk on trails, rocks, and beaches.
  • Day use only.
  • Carry out all waste. If you can also carry out any waste you find (our thanks!).
  • Leave what you find - pick/cut no flowers or plants, do not remove artifacts.
  • No campfires.
  • Respect wildlife by observing from a distance and keeping pets under control.
  • Be considerate of other visitors by enjoying this preserve quietly.

Trail Manager

For additional information, visit the Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust website, or contact:

Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust

Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust
PO Box 333
Damariscotta, ME 04543
Phone: (207) 563-1393
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Trail Tips

Plan Ahead and Prepare
Know your limits – it’s okay to turn back. Your home is the ultimate destination, not the summit.
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Trailhead Information

From Main Street in Damariscotta, head south on ME-129/Bristol Road. Go 2.9 miles and take a slight right to stay on ME-129. After 9 miles, turn right on to S Road. Follow the S Road for 0.9 miles, skirting the base of Seal Cove and keeping right as it turns north. The preserve trailhead is on the right.

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