Ridge to River
Length: 5 miles
Connects to: Canal Path
The five-mile Ridge to River Trail connects our Gibson Preserve to the Canal Path 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. If hiked together, the Ridge to River Trail, Canal Path, and the trails on the Gibson and Appleton Preserves offer 11 miles of hiking for those interested in longer outdoor adventures.
Download the printable trail map. Note! The western trailhead has changed! See description below. (We’re working to update the map…)
On the map above, the Gibson Preserve trails are in yellow, and the Ridge to River trail is in blue. To view a larger map, click the upper right corner. You will also be able to print it from that screen.
Directions to the Trailheads
The west trailhead is the southerly entrance to the Gibson Preserve in Searsmont. From the center of Searsmont (Fraternity Village Store), head west on Route 173 (Woodmans Mill Road). Travel 3.1 miles to West Appleton Road and turn left. Continue for 1.1 miles and turn left onto Cedar Lane (see map). Park at the end of the road and walk to the kiosk at the beginning of the trail.
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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