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The 21-acre Lampson Preserve is a sloping riverfront property located along the Bagaduce River in the towns of Castine and Penobscot. Located along the edge of a small cove on the Bagaduce River, known as Grindle's Eddy, the preserve includes approximately 1,500 feet of shoreline. Visitors to the preserve can travel along a loop trail that leads through meadows and forests to the scenic river.

The diversity of habitats on the Lampson Preserve attracts a variety of wildlife. Monarch butterflies, tree swallows, and deer frequent the open areas. The forested portions of the preserve are home to songbirds, wood frogs, and ruffed grouse. Along the shore, visitors can spot bald eagle, osprey, shorebirds, and harbor seals foraging in the river.

In 1998, MCHT acquired this 21-acre property thanks to a generous donation. MCHT's acquisition ensured its protection. Later, the property was named the Starr and Virginia Lampson Preserve, in tribute to a previous landowner.

Preserve information/guidelines

  • No Camping Permitted
  • No Fires Permitted
  • Stay on Established Trails
    • Foot Traffic Only - Trails Are Not Suitable for Wheeled Vehicles
  • Carry Out All Trash
    • Including Human and Pet Waste and Toilet Paper
  • Keep Pets Under Control
  • Please Respect the Privacy of Preserve Neighbors
  • Do Not Remove Archaeological Artifacts

How to Get There: From the junction of Routes 166A and 199, follow Route 199 a few hundred feet northeast to the parking area on the right.