Fernald's Neck Preserve
Fernald's Neck photo

Location: Lincolnville & Camden

Protected: 1969

Acreage: 328 acres

Description: Occupying much of the Fernald's Neck peninsula, which juts out in the middle of Lake Megunticook, the Fernald's Neck Preserve is a gorgeous preserve offering miles of beautiful walking trails through dense softwood forest and many opportunities to enjoy the shores of one of midcoast Maine's most beautiful lakes.

Conservation History: Fernald's Neck was protected for conservation in 1969, when local residents, among them the late Charles Chatfield of Rockport, raised funds and formed a corporation in partnership with The Nature Conservancy to purchase 285 acres. A developer had expressed interest in buying the land, which is located on a large peninsula in the middle of Megunticook Lake, but the concerned residents sprang into action to protect its forests, bogs and nearly four miles of shoreline. The corporation formally dissolved in 1979 and the preserve was transferred to the Conservancy. That year, an additional 36 acres, known as the Hattie Lamb Fernald Section, was donated by Margaretta W. Thurlow in memory of her mother. In the early 1990's two inholdings were purchased from the Ethel F. Harkness Trust: the 3-acre Balance Rock parcel and the 2-acre Narrows parcel, bringing the total preserve acreage to 326 acres. The property was transferred to Coastal Mountains Land Trust from the Nature Conservancy in 2007. In 2008, 2.1 additional acres were donated to the Land Trust to add to the Preserve.

Public Access Information:

Fernalds Neck Preserve Guide and Trail Map

Fernalds Neck Preserve Quest, created by Lincolnville Central School 4th Graders

Special Public Access Guidelines:

- Dogs are not permitted on this preserve.
- Hunting is not permitted on this preserve.
- Diving, jumping and or swimming from the cliffs is strictly prohibited.