The Georges Highland Path
The Georges Highland Path (GHP) is a 50-mile network of low-impact footpaths in the midcoast region built and maintained by the Land Trust. This unique trail system is based on the participation of private landowners who graciously give permission for the public to cross their land. When hiking these trails, please respect the fact that you are on privately owned land.
Our goal in providing this vast trail system is to help you forge a close relationship with the land and develop a keen and active interest in working to protect this magnificent area.
Please donate to keep our trails open and safe. We also welcome corporate trail sponsorships.
Frye HeadwatersRead more
Town: Searsmont, Montville
Length: 14 miles
Connects to: Ridge to River, Frye Mountain
The Frye Headwaters Trail connects the Ridge to River Trail in Searsmont to Frye Mountain in Montville. It traverses the upper headwaters of the Georges River watershed, crossing Bartlett Stream and Thompson Brook. The trail is mostly level but wet in spots, and ...
Frye MountainRead more
Length: 9.6 miles
Connects to: Hogback Mountain
The Frye Mountain section of the Georges Highland Path is located within the 5,240-acre state-owned Frye Mountain Wildlife Management Area. This “lollipop” trail passes through mixed and coniferous forests, parallels a wonderful stretch of Bartlett Stream, the northern-most feeder stream of the Georges River, and crosses Frye’s ...
Hogback Mountain – CLOSEDRead more
Length: 2 miles
Connects to: Frye Mountain
**TRAIL ALERT** The Hogback Mountain section of the GHP is currently CLOSED. Please respect the landowner’s request and avoid using this trail. The Frye Mountain Trail is still open to hiking.**
The Hogback Mountain trail takes hikers past the gigantic glacial erratic known as “piano rock,” through ...
Towns: Camden, Rockport, Searsmont
Canal PathRead more
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 ...
Mount PleasantRead more
Length: 0.9 miles
Connects to: Spruce Mountain
The Mount Pleasant Trail begins at Mt. Pleasant Street (see below for parking directions) and is an out and back trail to a series of scenic views. You will begin alongside a field full of raspberry bushes.
Heading southwest, you’ll work your way across the mountain through ...
Ragged MountainRead more
Length: 3.3 miles
Connects to: Spruce Mountain
The Ragged Mountain trail offers some of the steepest and most strenuous hiking in the midcoast region. The reward, however, is worth it. Ragged Mountain, rising up 1,200 feet, has an extensive, open summit supporting wild blueberry and fragile alpine flora.
From the rocky ledges along the ...
Ridge to RiverRead more
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 ...
Spruce MountainRead more
Length: 1.2 or 1.7 miles
Connects to: Ragged/Pleasant Mountains
The Spruce Mountain Trail is a short, quick hike up to fantastic views of its neighbor, Ragged Mountain, and Penobscot Bay. If you have friends or family in town and you really want to show off the area, this is the place to take ...
Towns: St. George, Thomaston
Jones Brook AreaRead more
Town: St. George
Length: 2.85 miles
Features: Beaver pond
The Jones Brook area includes three connected trails on the upper St. George peninsula. These trails are a collaborative project of the St. George Conservation Commission, St. George Historical Society (Fort Point), and Georges River Land Trust.
Town Forest Trail
The 0.75-mile Town Forest Trail is a loop ...
Oyster River BogRead more
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. ...
Thomaston Town ForestRead more
Length: 5.1 miles
Connects to: Oyster River Bog
The 500-acre Thomaston Town Forest lies to the east of the Oyster River. The trail passes through an area harvested for timber (2011-12), provides excellent views of the Oyster River, and brings you to Split Rock for a close look at this huge glacial erratic.
Thomaston VillageRead more
Length: 3 miles
Features: River views, history
The Thomaston Village Trail is the only “urban” section of our Georges Highland Path. It is a pleasant 3-mile sidewalk excursion through the town village and along its waterfront. The trail begins at the Thomaston Green, site of the former state prison, where it provides sweeping ...
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