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Georges River Land Trust

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.

 

HEADWATERS REGION

Towns: Montville
  • Frye Mountain

    Frye Mountain

    Town: Montville
    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 ...

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  • Hogback Mountain

    Hogback Mountain

    Town: Montville
    Length: 2 miles
    Connects to: Frye Mountain

    The Hogback Mountain trail takes hikers past the gigantic glacial erratic known as “piano rock,” through a young beech ...

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CENTRAL REGION

Towns: Camden, Rockport, Searsmont
  • Canal Path

    Canal Path

    Town: Searsmont
    Length: 3 miles
    Connects to: Ridge/River Trail

    Canal Path traces a section of the historic Georges River Canal dating to the late 1700’s. There are interpretive displays along the trail describing the ...

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  • Mount Pleasant

    Mount Pleasant

    Town: Rockport
    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 ...

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  • Ragged Mountain

    Ragged Mountain

    Town: Rockport-Camden
    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 ...

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  • Ridge to River

    Ridge to River

    Town: Searsmont
    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 ...

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  • Spruce Mountain

    Spruce Mountain

    Town: Rockport
    Length: 5 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 them if ...

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SALTWATER REGION

Towns: St. George, Thomaston
  • Jones Brook Area

    Jones Brook Area

    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 ...

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  • Oyster River Bog

    Oyster River Bog

    Town: Thomaston-Rockport
    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. We ...

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  • Thomaston Town Forest

    Thomaston Town Forest

    Town: Thomaston
    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.

    The ...

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  • Thomaston Village

    Thomaston Village

    Town: Thomaston
    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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These “Trail Blazer” corporate sponsors of the Georges Highland Path are critical to its success. Give them your business and say “thank you!”

Micoast Marine Viking Lumber Old Town Canoe
Pen Bay Medical Center Waldo County Hospital

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