Osborn Finch Wildlife Sanctuary

Location Information

Organization Name: 
Pemaquid Watershed Association
Location Entrance:
Dutch Neck Road
Waldoboro, ME 04572
Phone: 
(207) 563-2196
Type: 
Outdoor
Difficulty: 
Moderate (Gently rising terrain with the likeliness to encounter occasional obstacles)
Primary Walking Surface:
Earth
Days & Hours of Operation: 
Daily from dawn to dusk
Suitable for Ages:
Children • Teenagers • Adult • Senior
Number of walking routes:
2
Total walking route length:
0.67 miles

Location Description

In 1992, The Nature Conservancy transferred the 11-acre Osborn Finch Wildlife Sanctuary on Waldoboro’s Dutch Neck to the Pemaquid Watershed Association (PWA).  This preserve includes 2 acres of grassy field and 9 acres of moss-draped woodlands boasting some of the oldest white and red spruce trees in the Midcoast area. The half mile long 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.  Explore the tidal marshland and the coastal geology visible from exposed bedrock, large granite boulders, and moraines. Overlooking the preserve’s beautiful 300 feet of Medomak River shorefront is a rustic cabin available for public overnight stays on a donation basis from mid-May to September by reservation only. 

Location Features

Landscape:
Meadow • Ocean • Rural • Vista • Woodland
Are stairs an option in the route?: 
No
Amenities:
Blazed • Leashed pets permitted
Access restrictions: 
Motorized vehicles are prohibited. Please stay on preserve property; do not go beyond preserve boundary markers. Leave No Trace: carry out what you bring in. Please respect the privacy of cabin users.

How to Get There

Driving Directions:
From Damariscotta, take Biscay Road to Route 32. Travel north on 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 Route 1 Waldoboro, turn onto Route 32 South, go 2.7 miles and turn east onto Dutch Neck Road.     

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