Oyster River Bog
Length: 6.7 miles
Connects to: Thomaston Town Forest
The trail is a moderately easy “walk through the woods” providing excellent hiking opportunities for people of all ages and abilities, and a visit to a glacial erratic.
**TRAIL ALERT** The bridge over the Oyster River near the Route 90 trailhead has been removed. Due to eroding banks, we are in the planning stages for a reroute of the trail. Check back here or on Facebook for updates.
The Oyster River Bog, also known as the Rockland Bog, is an unusual 6,000-acre woodland complex nestled amid the busy mid-coast communities of Rockland, Rockport, and Warren. The Bog is an area rich in history and diverse in natural resources. Its forests, streams, wetlands, and peat bog offer prime habitat for an impressive variety of wildlife and plants. Over 2,100 acres are held in conservation in our Rockland Bog Preserve, the City of Rockland, the Oyster River Bog Association, and Southern Maine Wetlands Conservancy.
The combination of the Oyster River Bog and Thomaston Town Forest sections of the Georges Highland Path provide a continuous 11-mile hiking experience that connects Route 1 in Thomaston to Route 90 in Rockport. Note: There is a confusing network of active and abandoned woods roads in this area, so be careful to stay on the trail by following the blue blazes.
Download a printable trail map.
Directions to the North and South Trailheads
The parking lot at the northern end of the trail is on Route 90, 1.8 miles west of the intersection of Routes 90 and 17 in West Rockport (see map). The parking lot at the southern end of the trail (Jack Baker Woods) is on Beechwood Street in Thomaston, 3.3 miles south of the intersection of Beechwood St. and Route 90 (see map).
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