The Palermo Preserve is an ecologically diverse property of 74 acres situated along the upper reaches of the Sheepscot River. Several vernal pools, streams and a red maple swamp are located on the preserve. An interpretive trail leads visitors over a mile of trail and highlights the natural and historical features that can be observed. Take a moment to visit the trailhead kiosks and learn about the endangered Atlantic salmon.
Directions: From Wiscasset take Rt. 218 North to Rt. 17. Cross Rt. 17 and take the Coopers Mills or Somerville Rd. (it will soon turn to gravel). Follow for 5 miles and cross Rt. 105. Continue straight on the Turner Ridge Road for 3 miles. Soon after crossing the Palermo/Somerville town line, you’ll see the entrance to the parking lot on your right. Enter the trails just north of where the kiosks are located.
From Rt. 3 in Palermo take the Turner Ridge Road going south. Travel approximately 2 miles. Look for Gore Road (and sign to the Palermo Fish Rearing Station) on the left and continue straight for .25 miles to the parking area on your left.