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Description - Visitors to Dodge Point arrive by boat from the public landing in Damariscotta or by vehicle using the River Road in Newcastle. Several miles of shore along the river offer day use facilities including a network of hiking and skiing trails which provide fine views of the estuary, the woods and an historic ice pond.

Attractions - Dodge Point Public Reserved Land is located in the Mid Coast Region of Maine along the western edge of Damariscotta River. The parcel features several miles of shorefront on the Damariscotta River estuary including 506 acres of carefully tended forest. Visitors are welcome to enjoy the quiet day use site, which is a nice escape from the surrounding populous area. Winter outdoor enthusiasts will find a lovely historic ice pond.

Recreation - The Dodge Point Public Reserved Land is available year-round. The land may be access by car or boat. It offers a small network of trails which double as cross-country paths in winter. Visitors will be treated to sights of a healthy estuary, lovely thin woodland, the beautiful Damariscotta River and an historic ice pond. Camping is not offered at this park but may be found within the Mid Coast Region at Camden Hills State Park or Lake St. George. Both parks are reachable in less than 2 hours. Hunting and trapping are allowed, subject to state rules and regulations. Call 207-287-3821 for specific policies and laws regarding these activities. South of Dodge Point is the popular town of Boothbay Harbor that features a number of coastal lighthouses, motels and lobster feasts. West of Dodge Point, visitors may wish to visit Fort Edgecomb, located in Wiscasset. The octagon block fort dates back to 1808.

Climate - The summer vacation haven of Mid Coast Maine sees winter temperatures averaging above 18 degrees Fahrenheit (below -12 Celsius) and average summer temperatures above 68 degrees Fahrenheit (20 Celsius). The Mid Coast Region receives on the average less than 38 inches (97 centimeters) of precipitation each year.

Location - Visitors arrive by boat from the public landing in Damariscotta or by vehicle using River Road that travels south of Newcastle. Several gates mark the entrance to the Public Reserved Land.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: Year-round.

Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Filed By: Jim Melcher (Augusta, ME)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: My wife and I hiked here in July of 2004 and enjoyed it. We used both the main perimeter trail--the Farm Road trail--as well as the Ravine and Shore Trails. The Farm Road trail still has signs of being an improved road and is the widest and easiest trail to follow. It does have some white blazes. The Ravine Trail is not blazed, but in a few places there are signs to mark turns in it. There are a few places on it where knowing which fork to take can be tricky, but the free maps at the entrance are helpful. The Shore Trail goes by the river and is quite attractive. Be careful on the Shore and Ravine trails not to trip on tree roots--both trails in places have heavy concentrations of them, which are not a problem on the Farm Road. Access and parking are free. Wheeled vehicles aren't allowed, though we did see some bike tracks. The trail seems very popular with dog owners. Overall, a very nice place for a hike that isn't too steep or taxing.

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Contact Information:
Western Region Headquarters, 129 Main Street, P.O. Box 327 , Farmington, ME, 04938, Phone: 207-778-8231, Fax: 207-778-5932

Additional Information:
Maine State Parks & Public Reserved Lands - Maine's State Parks and Public Reserved Lands are managed for recreation, wildlife and timber. State Historic Sites preserve the rich heritage of the American Revolution and Civil War.
Mid Coast Region - Mid Coast Maine may be the busiest of the coastal vacation spots with literally thousands of tiny rock laden coves and islands along the Atlantic Ocean.

Maine State Parks - Official Agency Website


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