Come enjoy the steeply sloping terrain along the West Branch stream in Jefferson, where cascading pools of water flow through a hemlock-lined ravine to the beaver dams and meadows at the base of Haskell Hill on the western side of the Mountain Road. Protecting this land helps ensure a lengthy section of the West Branch of the Davis Stream remain clean & cool for spawning fish and helps keep the waters of Damariscotta Lake cleaner.

Several hiking trails are flat and wide and perfect for multi-use. Mountain bikers, snowmobilers, cross-country skiers, horseback riders are all welcome. A historic stonework mill site foundation offers a glimpse back into the history of this property.

Thanks to Boy Scout Lucas Kostenbader, you can reserve a lean-to in the northern portion of the Preserve. It is perfect for use by groups or families.

 

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Directions:

From the south, follow Routes 213 (from Newcastle) or 32 (from Waldoboro) into Jefferson, turning north onto Route 126 (Washington Road). Go past the Jefferson Village School. At the fork, turn left onto Village Street, then bear right onto North Mountain Road. Drive approximately 2 miles and the parking area is on the right. If you pass the sign for Rocky Mountain Rd, you’ve gone too far.

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