Bristol, Maine is all about the sea...
The town stretches for 15 miles along a slender finger of land. At its tip is the rocky headland of Pemaquid Point. On one side is Muscongus Bay; on the other, Johns Bay. When you're in Bristol, you're never more than three miles from salt water. And then there's freshwater -- marshes, ponds, brooks and rivers. This mix of water and land has given rise to some of Maine's most scenic landscapes and richest natural environments.
It's no surprise, then, that each of Bristol's parks has a relationship with water, whether its the Canoe and Kayak Launch, fronting on the placid Pemaquid River, or the historic Pemaquid Point Lighthouse standing guard over the crashing surf at Pemaquid Point.
Preserving and Protecting
For decades, town officials and far-sighted residents have worked together to set aside many of Bristol's special places. Today, we enjoy a collection of nine parks, all under the care of the Bristol Parks and Recreation Commission. We take this responsibility seriously. We continually strive to manage the parks wisely, to preserve them for the enjoyment of all -- today, and for generations to come.
A "Thank You" and an Invitation
We thank you for exploring Bristol's parks through the pages of this website. Feel free to contact us with any questions you might have. And we look forward to welcoming you in person soon.
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