Length: 3 miles
Connects to: Ridge/River Trail
The Canal Path, located on Robbins Lumber Company land, traces a section of the historic Georges River Canal dating to the late 1700’s. There are interpretive displays along the trail describing the aspects of the canal system that are still visible today.
The trail also features a self-guided tour of the sustainable forestry practices of our partnering landowner, Robbins Lumber Company. This is a level trail that meanders along the St. George River. Download the tour guide here.
This trail connects to the Ridge to River Trail as well as our Appleton Preserve, and offers some of the most scenic, undeveloped riverside hiking in our region.
Note: If you are looking for a winter snowshoe adventure, give this trail a try.
Download the printable trail map. Note! The western trailhead of the Ridge to River trail has changed!
Directions to the Trailhead
The north 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).
The south trailhead is located at our Appleton Preserve parking area on Route 105 in Appleton. From the intersection of Routes 131 and 105 (Camden Road) in Appleton, go east on Route 105 for ½ mile. Parking for the Appleton Preserve is available at the ME Inland Fisheries & Wildlife gravel lot on the right, just before the bridge across the Georges River (see map).
The corporate sponsors of the Georges Highland Path are critical to its success. Give them your business and say “thank you!”