The 500+ acre conservation area fronts over a mile of stunningly beautiful beach and dunes. Hike 2 miles each way through the salt marshes to enjoy a picnic and afternoon swimming and relaxing on the pristine, private beach. Parking is limited, so arrive early in the morning. No public restrooms.
The east side of the Damariscotta River once contained an enormous shell heap named Whaleback because of its shape. Much of this midden was removed in the late 1880s to supply a factory built here to process the oyster shells into chicken feed. As a result, only a small portion of Whaleback remains today. Managed in cooperation with the Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust, the area around the midden is now a State Historic Site that includes a small hiking trail and beautiful views of the river. A series of interpretive panels helps inform visitors about the history of the area.
"So grateful we found The Squire Tarbox Inn. The stay was a highlight of our New England trip. The atmosphere is lovely and the “grab and go” chive and cheddar scones with fresh fruit, yogurt, and granola was exceptional."
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The Squire Tarbox Inn has 11 unique rooms, each with a private bathroom and air conditioner. Every bedroom and bathroom has been carefully updated as of 2018. Learn more about our history.