Salt Bay Farm (CRCT)

Salt Bay Farm (CRCT)

Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust Damariscotta, Maine 04543

Official Website
Great Salt Bay Farm Wildlife Preserve map

Tips for Birding

A scope is handy if you go all the way to the edge of the bay. Take a look at the community garden area for sparrows.

About this Location

Great Salt Bay Farm Wildlife Preserve is a 115-acre farm on the Great Salt Bay in Damariscotta. The farm includes over one mile of shorefront, extensive wetlands providing both fresh and saltwater habitats, and rolling fields that have been worked for 200 years. It is home to a wide variety of plants and wildlife and affords spectacular views across the bay.

Salt Bay Farm has become a community destination and education center with numerous physical and programmatic enhancements. Locals and visitors alike make use of the Farm year-round for walking, skiing, nature observation, and sledding, and more than 1,000 students of all ages take part annually in our education programs based there. Birdwatchers seek out the property for its exceptional waterfowl, wading birds, and grassland birds, among others.

The property is open to the public for pedestrian use daily from dawn to dusk. Dogs must be leashed at all times in all seasons except on Oyster Creek Trail (note that the field across the street is under agricultural production, so dogs must be leashed there for health concerns.) Motorized and wheeled vehicles are prohibited because of the sensitive habitat areas, however, snowmobiles may pass through the property along the designated spur trail. Please use caution as children are often present.

Notable Trails

The AllTrails website has a description and map of a hike at Great Salt Bay Farm Wildlife Preserve.


  • Restrooms on site

  • Wheelchair accessible trail

  • Entrance fee

Content from Official Website

Last updated January 13, 2024