There Are A Total Of 7 Nature Trails Hiding In The Small Town Of Newcastle, Maine
Nearly every town in Maine is a hiker’s dream – almost all of them are a gateway to at least one gorgeous hike. Newcastle is one of these towns with several trails snaking all around and nearby the town. If you’re looking for amazing
hikes in Maine, visit this charming little town!
The Marsh River Bog Preserve
Marsh River Bog, 573 Atlantic Hwy, Newcastle, ME 04553, USA
Rated easy to moderate, the Marsh River Bog trail is an excellent excursion out into a natural ecosystem that few hikers ever get a chance to witness. This one-mile trail takes visitors around a bog where they can see cotton grass, bog orchids, wild cranberries, and stunted trees cling to a mat of peat moss which forms an ‘island’ in the center of the bog, along with a proliferation of wildlife, birds, fungi, and more.
Dodge Point Public Land
Dodge Point Preserve Trail Head, 100 Bradley Shore Rd, Newcastle, ME 04553, USA
If you are looking for a place to spend the day near Newcastle, look no further than Dodge Point Preserve. This 500-acre preserve is home to many easy to moderate trails and even some swimming opportunities!
Marsh River Preserve
Marsh River Preserve, Eagle Point Rd, Newcastle, ME 04553, USA
Not to be confused with Marsh River Bog, and certainly not to be missed, Marsh River Preserve meanders over nearly 5,500 feet of frontage along Marsh River. On this trail system, hikers can see salt marshes, several forest environments, and great views of the Marsh River! This trail is excellent for birdwatching.
Baker Forest, Newcastle, ME 04553, USA
For an easy walk in some glorious woodland, check out Baker Forest. Two trails add up to about 2.4 miles that are filled with picturesque ledges and streams. Look for an old cemetery and a kiln near the trailhead; and evidence of moose through the woods.
Glidden Point Preserve
Glidden Point, Damariscotta-Newcastle, ME 04553, USA
Formerly known as Salt Bay Preserve, Glidden Point Preserve is a moderate three-mile loop trail that goes around the shore of Glidden Point. Hikers are advised to enjoy this trail at low tide.
Sherman Marsh & Carolyn O'Brien Preserve
Sherman Marsh, Newcastle, ME 04553, USA
An unexpected delight, this moderate three-mile trail connects two preserves and offers hikers a chance to take their time and thoroughly explore some of the best scenery that Newcastle has to offer. Enjoy the sounds of birds and incredible views on this lovely trail.
Griggs Preserve, Newcastle, ME 04553, USA
Another delightful hike is the Griggs Preserve. The 1.5-mile trail, rated easy to moderate, winds over 56 miles of woodland. Enjoy views of the Sheepscot River and a historic railroad track.
Maine has no shortage of picturesque small towns that are gateways to incredible hikes, and Newcastle is one of the best! Remember to bring water and Leave No Trace on all of these beautiful trails. What is your favorite place to hike in Maine? Let us know in the comments!
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