Located along the confluence of the main stem and the West Branch of the Sheepscot River, the Whitefield Salmon Preserve is a beautiful 56-acre wilderness teeming with wildlife! Head down the old two-track road from the parking lot and onto the main trail on the left. The trail loops through a pine forest where signs of foxes, weasels, fishers, coyotes, and deer abound. The Preserve is also home to an active family of beavers, so look for downed trees and other activity down by the river!
If you want to enjoy more of the beautiful river in this area, you can access the Sheepscot West Branch trail by simply crossing North Howe Road where the Blue Trail exits the Whitefield Salmon Preserve. This 2-mile trail with a keyhole loop offers views over river rapids and numerous picnic spots on large rocks along the river’s edge. Depending on the season, you may catch a glimpse of the array of wildlife that live along the river.
The trail is on private property that the landowner has generously opened for public use. Please stay on trails and respect the landowner’s privacy. Midcoast Conservancy works with the landowner to protect this property through a conservation easement.
The Sheepscot West Branch Trail is maintained by our partners, the Whitefield Trails Committee.
The Whitefield Trails Committee was formed by a group of local citizens in the fall of 2013 when the Whitefield Community Forum indicated a strong desire for more recreational trails in town. The Trails Committee identified several potential areas for trails and got to work opening its first trail in the summer of 2014.
The all-volunteer Whitefield Trails Committee continues its work, currently maintaining three trails, and is working to develop others for the enjoyment of the public. Future trails may include access to the Sheepscot River and a field trail suitable for running and cross-country skiing. Contact David to learn more about the Trails Committee.
DUE TO THE BRIDGE CLOSURE ON THE HOWE ROAD – PLEASE NOTE NEW DIRECTIONS: From Wiscasset, take Route 218 North through Alna and head towards Whitefield. Once in Whitefield, turn left on Route 126. Follow 126 for about a mile and turn right on Vigue Road (at hair salon). Take Vigue Road to the intersection of Vigue Road and Route 17 in Windsor, then proceed easterly along Route 17 to the intersection of Howe Road and Route 17 in Whitefield. Turn right at Howe Road. Look for gravel parking and kiosk on the left before the bridge.