The Gibson Preserve is open to the public for day-use only; no hunting or overnight camping is allowed. The property has four miles of trails that provide great views of the upper Georges River, and it connects to the Ridge to River Trail.
Directions to the Property
The Gibson Preserve is bisected by the Georges River and there are trails on each portion of the property. Currently, though, there is no simple way for visitors to get from one side of the river to the other. Rest assured, we are working on this from many different angles. Until then….
The north side of the property can be accessed from a parking lot off Route 173 (Woodmans Mill Road) in Searsmont. From the center of Searsmont (Fraternity Village Store), head west on Route 173. Travel 3 miles to the parking lot on the left (see map).
The south side of the property is accessed from Ripley Corner Road in Searsmont. From the center of Searsmont (Fraternity Village Store), head west on Route 173 (Woodmans Mill Road). Travel 2 miles to Ripley Corner Road on the left (see map). Parking is on the shoulder of Ripley Corner Road and visitors must walk in to the Gibson Preserve via an old woods road. Once parked, proceed down the road toward the river and cross the wood/concrete bridge. Take your first right onto the overgrown woods road and walk approximately ¼ mile to the Gibson Preserve entrance on the right. The kiosk is somewhat hidden off the road, so be on the lookout for a footpath that leads into the property and the kiosk.