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The Darling Marine Center is located in Walpole, mid-coast Maine, 60 miles northeast of Portland and 100 miles south of the University’s Orono campus. The nearby town of Damariscotta offers year round shopping, restaurants and a movie theater. Walpole has a 9-hole golf course. During the summer season the Pemaquid peninsula comes alive with added opportunities for recreation, dining, art shows, music series and fairs.

Scroll down for driving directions and other travel tips.


Driving Directions

It typically takes less than 2.5 hours to drive between the main Orono campus and the Darling Marine Center following the directions below. Your navigation system may give you a longer route! If it directs you from Orono to Walpole via Augusta it will be a good three-hour drive.

From Orono and points north (via the back roads):

  • Google maps
  • Drive south on Interstate 95 and take exit 174 Carmel/Newburgh/Route 69.
  • Turn left onto Route 69, travel two miles to blinking light
  • Turn right on Route 202/9 South, travel 21 miles
  • Turn left onto Route 220 South, travel 42 miles (Moody’s Diner at corner of Route 220 & Route1-stop for pie)
  • Turn right onto Route 1 South, travel 8.5 miles
  • Turn left onto Business Route 1, travel 2.5 miles past the Hannaford on the left and the Coastal Market Place on the right
  • Just past Cheney Insurance and Adams Travel, on your left, is a large white Baptist Church. Turn left at the Baptist Church onto Routes 129/130 travel 3 miles (Hanley’s market is on the left).
  • Veer to the right onto Route 129 where Routes 129/130 separate and travel 3.5 miles.
  • Turn right onto Clarks Cove Road, travel 1 mile and our driveway is on the right.

From Orono and points north (via the main roads, recommended in winter weather when snow, potholes and frost heaves make the back roads a bit treacherous):

  • Google maps
  • Drive south on Interstate 95 and take exit 180 Cold Brook Road to Hermon/Hamden.
  • Turn left onto Cold Brook Road, travel 2.5 miles to Hamden
  • Turn right on Main Street/Route 1A/9 South, travel 20 miles to Stockton Springs
  • Turn right onto Route 1 South, travel 30 miles to Camden/Rockport
  • Turn right one Route 90 West, travel 11 miles to Warren
  • Turn right onto Route 1 South, travel 13 miles to Damariscotta
  • Turn left onto Business Route 1, travel 2.5 miles past the Hannaford on the left and the Coastal Market Place on the right
  • Just past Cheney Insurance and Adams Travel, on your left, is a large white Baptist Church. Turn left at the Baptist Church onto Routes 129/130 travel 3 miles (Hanley’s market is on the left).
  • Veer to the right onto Route 129 where Routes 129/130 separate and travel 3.5 miles.
  • Turn right onto Clarks Cove Road, travel 1 mile and our driveway is on the right.

From Portland and points south (In early 2004, exits along I-95 were renumbered. Exit numbers listed here are the new, current, numbers.)

  • Google maps
  • Drive into Maine on Interstate 95 and take Route 295 through Portland and north.
  • Take exit 28 “Bath/Brunswick Coastal Route 1″
  • Travel north on Route 1 through Brunswick, Bath and Wiscasset.
  • Take the Damariscotta exit and follow the exit ramp onto Main Street (Business Route 1).
  • Turn right after the First National Bank of Damariscotta onto Routes 129/130 and travel south toward Bristol and Pemaquid for 3 miles.
  • Veer to the right onto Route 129 where Routes 129 and 130 separate (Hanley’s market is on the left) and travel 3.5 miles.
  • Turn right onto Clarks Cove Road (just past Wawenock Golf Course) and travel 1 mile. Our driveway on the right.

Travel Tips: How to get to the DMC by plane, train, bus and shuttle

Plan to fly into Portland (PWM) or Boston (BOS) (not Bangor or Augusta), and take a bus or a shuttle to the DMC. Good air fares can often be found to the Manchester, NH airport, but it is not easy to get from Manchester to Damariscotta by public transportation. You will need to rent a car for the 2.5-3 hour drive.

From Boston’s Logan Airport, you can hop a Concord Trailways bus for the 4-5 hour trip to Damariscotta. Buses to Damariscotta leave Logan Airport twice daily. Visit the Concord Trailways website for a current schedule, or call 207-828-1151, 800-639-3317. A round trip ticket from Logan Airport to Damariscotta costs $62. Price as of 2/13/15.

Along the Coast offers shuttle service from Portland directly to the DMC. A one-way ticket for one person costs $75; each additional person is $10. For more information, group pricing or to make a reservation call Garry Wheeler at 1-207-319-6476. Garry can also be contacted by email at texredcoat@myfairpoint.net. Price as of 2/2015.

Country Coach Charters is another airport shuttle option offering door to door service. Round trip fare (Portland airport or train/bus station to the DMC) for their 6-person Suburban is $115. For more information visit the Country Coach Chaters website or call 1-207-832-7241 or 1-207-380-7201. Price as of 2/2015.

It is also possible to take Amtrak’s Downeaster Line from Boston’s North Station to  Portland or Brunswick, Maine. Though the bus is the more convenient option from Logan Airport, the Downeaster is a scenic and comfortable ride. The Portland Transportation Center  and the Brunswick Train Station also serve Concord Trailways so if the timing is right, you can easily hop a bus to Damariscotta. For more information visit the Amtrak Downeaster website.