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Directions to Saunders Preserve:
From the traffic light in Boothbay Harbor, travel 0.9 mile east on Rte. 96. Turn left on Back Narrows Road and travel 2.9 miles north to the stop sign at the intersection with Pleasant Cove Road. There is a small parking area directly across from the stop sign.
About Saunders Preserve
This exquisite woodland property was donated to BRLT in 1993 in memory of Marshall E. Saunders, who loved the Boothbay region and especially this piece of land. Margaret E. Saunders and her family wanted others to share in its natural beauty and for it to remain a wildlife sanctuary forever. For this reason hunting is not permitted.
The 22.5 acre preserve offers a loop trail down a wooded hillside, through a mix of majestic evergreen and hardwood trees, then along Kelly Brook just above where it empties into Pleasant Cove, which in turn opens into the Damariscotta Rive. At a fork in the north side (white) trail there is a choice between a gentler longer path or a shorter steeper grade, with signs to that effect. There are trails along both banks of the brook (one a continuation of the white trail and the other, across the bridges, the yellow trail). An extension of the westerly route (blue trail) passes an old beaver pond and classic wetland, culminating in a vista over a vast field of cat tails.
The shortest loop is about .75 mile, the longer plus the extension is a little over a mile.