The Ridge to River Trail in Searsmont connects our Gibson Preserve to the Canal Path via a five-mile footpath with significant stretches along the Georges River and fantastic views of the river valley as seen from the top of Appleton Ridge. This trail does have some strenuous sections, particularly the ascent of Appleton Ridge, but the extra effort is well worth it.
The Ridge to River Trail connects to Canal Path, which, combined with the trails on the Gibson and Appleton Preserves, offers 11 miles of hiking for those interested in longer outdoor adventures.
Directions to the Trailhead
The west trailhead is on a discountinued 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). Please park on the shoulder of Ripley Corner Road; visitors must walk in via the old woods road. Once parked, walk down the gravel road toward the river and cross the wood/concrete bridge. Take your first right onto the overgrown woods road and walk approximately ¼ mile where the Ridge to River Trail is on your left, and the Gibson Preserve entrance is on the right.
The east trailhead is located at Robbins Lumber in Searsmont. From the Fraternity Village Store in Searsmont, at the intersection of Routes 131 and 173, head south on 131 for 1.7 miles to Ghent Road on the left. Travel 0.25 miles on Ghent Road to the parking area on the right, just after crossing the bridge (see map).
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