Bass Falls Preserve
Named in honor of the small waterfall that is visible at low tide, and for the striped bass that live in the river, the Bass Falls Preserve provides 2 1/2 miles of marked trails, and protects over 4,500 feet of river frontage for bald eagles, wild Atlantic salmon, and other species that thrive in this tidal section of the Sheepscot River.
Look for Eastern bluebirds near the nest boxes. Other native birds, such as tree swallows, house wrens, and black-capped chickadees may also use these boxes.
Bobolinks and Eastern meadowlarks sometimes nest in the field. Along the river, keep an eye out for bald eagles and ospreys, both of which nest in the area and are often seen along the river.
How to get there
From the South: Take Route 218 north from Wiscasset for 7 1/4 miles to the Bass Falls Preserve. Parking lot and kiosk are on the right.
From the North: Take Route 218 south from Whitefield to 1/4 mile past the Alna Store. Parking lot and kiosk are on the left.
Bass Falls Trail Map
Trout Brook Preserve
The Trout Brook Perserve provides 1.65 miles of trails, and protects over 4,200 feet of the lower reaches of Trout Brook, as well as frontage along the main stem of the Sheepscot River. Now mostly forested, much of the property was once included treeless pasture, with open fields at the top of the hill.
Spring visitors will be treated to a variety of warblers and thrushes that use the now diverse forest. In the summer, you may see woodpeckers, grouse, woodcock and winter wrens near the brook. Look for signs of deer, fox, fisher, mink, and porcupine in the soft soils along the streams or on the snow.
The land was purchased in 2005 from Maxine Peaslee Tornell and her family. Maxine's mother, Thelma Lucy Wyman, inherited the property from her parents, and lived there for almost 50 years.
At the beginning of the trail, you will walk along the Wiscasset, Waterville and Farmingon (WW&F) Railway right-of-way that operated from 1894 until 1933. In the 1900s, train cars hauled potatoes, poultry, lumber, and even the mail.
How to get there
From Wiscasset: Take US Route 1 to ME Route 218 north. In 7 miles, left to the parking lot.
From Whitefield (Route 194): Take ME Route 218 south. In 5.3 miles, parking on the right.