Jack Baker Woods
Miles of trail: .5
Activities: Hiking, hunting
This long, narrow preserve is located on Beechwood Street in Thomaston, and primarily serves as a .5-mile trailhead to two sections of the Georges Highland Path.
It is a mix of softwoods (balsam fir and spruce) set amidst a high-function wetland. The preserve is named in appreciation of Jack Baker, an avid supporter of the Georges Highland Path since its inception in 1996.
This access point leads to the 3.5-mile Thomaston Town Forest trail, and the 6.5-mile Oyster River Bog trail. The trail through the property leads to Split Rock, a gigantic glacial erratic, and features a 400-foot-long raised pedestrian boardwalk.
Jack Baker Woods is open to the public for day-use only; no overnight camping is allowed. Hunting is permitted with prior permission. Dogs are allowed, but please keep them leashed.
Directions to the Property
From the Route 1 stoplight in the center of Thomaston, head north on Beechwood Street for two miles. The Jack Baker Woods/Oyster River Bog trailhead parking lot is on the left at the Georges Highland Path trailhead sign (see map).