Day Ridges Preserve

Gouldsboro, Maine
GPS coordinates: 44.47495879, -68.0588592146

Opened in October 2021, the Day Ridges Preserve offers both nature trails for hiking and a weekend paddler’s trail.

Located on Route 1 in Gouldsboro, the Day Ridges Preserve offers two miles of hiking trails, and access to a paddler’s trail that begins on Lower West Bay Pond and allows access to a rustic campsite on Upper West Bay Pond. Take the woods road directly to the pond for water access, or walk one of two nature trails. Extensive bog bridging allows hikers to explore a cedar swamp and wind around impressive glacial erratics. At the junction of the white and blue trail loops, visitors can stop to take in a view of the beaver pond.

The nature trails at Day Ridges Preserve were built during summer 2020 and 2021. Despite delays due to the Covid-19 pandemic, more than 800 hours of dedicated volunteer work went into completing these trails.

The weekend paddler’s trail is a unique recreation offering in this region—read on to find out more about our canoe loan program!

Trail Description

From the trailhead, continue on the woods road to access Lower West Bay Pond, or turn right to enter the network of nature trails.


The Day Ridges parking lot and trailhead are located .9 miles east of Route 195 intersection with Route 1.

No canoe? No problem.

FBC is excited to be able to offer a canoe loan program at Day Ridges Preserve!

Our canoe is stored onsite on the shore at Day Ridges Preserve, at the end of the woods road. Paddlers interested in borrowing the canoe can email our Land Steward, Garrett Black, at, who will arrange for pickup of the canoe key, paddles & lifejackets. Please provide 3 or more days notice for canoe reservations. We are not able to accommodate same-day reservations at this time.