Preserve Use Guidelines

Photo courtesy of Sean Carnell

Coastal Mountains Land Trust owns and manages 38 nature preserves, all of which are open for public recreation.

We hope you come and visit preserves and thank you for following all of the use guidelines listed below, which help us preserve these wonderful places for other visitors, and generations to come. Please note, some preserves have different guidelines. Preserve specific guidelines are listed on each Preserves Webpage and at its trailhead.

  • Preserve is open one hour before and after daylight.
  • Dogs must be on leash and picked up after (if permitted).
  • Carry out all of your trash
  • Hunting is permitted (on most, but NOT all preserves), please wear orange during hunting season. For more information see our Hunting Guidelines. 
  • Groups larger than 12 must obtain Land Trust permission. Please fill out a Group Use Permit and wait for a response prior to use.
  • Mountain biking is permitted on certain Ragged Mountain trails, such as Round the Mountain Trail, Goose River Trails, G5, etc., Please visit Ragged Mountain Preserve to find out more. Class 1 eBikes are permitted on such trails.
  • No fires or overnight camping
  • No removal of vegetation
  • No motorized vehicles, bicycles, or horses (on most trails).
  • No predator hunting or trapping
  • No use of drones except with prior written permission for research or educational use.
  • Dogs are NOT permitted at Fernalds Neck, Rockport Shore, or Hodson Preserves.
  • Private events such as weddings and parties are NOT permitted on our preserves, including Beech Hill.

Have a preserve use question? Don’t hesitate to email us or call our office at 207-236-7091. Occasionally conditions or safety concerns require us to temporarily close trails or preserves. Please follow all signage and see Trail Closures & Conditions.


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