QUICK TRAIL FACTS
- Preserve Size: more than 500 acres
- Trail Mileage: 11.5 miles one way
- Pets: yes
- Difficulty: easy
- Sights: forest, Oyster River, Split Rock
The squiggly lines in my map are mountain bike paths. I tried to bike most of them, but my map is not complete! But the paths are easy to follow, and there are a few trail maps posted at intersections.
The Georges River Land Trust has created a 50-mile-long trail network it calls the Georges Highland Path, with five sections. But you can’t hike nonstop the whole way. This 11.5-mile section of the GHP is at the southern tip, and makes its way through the Oyster Bog and 350-acre Thomaston Town Forest. The coolest part is the famous Split Rock, a glacial erratic, which is about half a mile from the trailhead off Beechwood Street. You must park here whether you’re going north or south, because there is no parking allowed on Dunbar Road. You have to walk along the road to get to the trailhead for the Oyster Bog section. This section of trail includes a pretty walk atop a ridge, as well as some wetter areas and stream crossings.
The biggest parking area for the Thomastown Town Forest is at the end of Clark Street, or the “pollution control trailhead” on the official maps. You can catch the long-distance trail here, or use the biking paths. These are groomed in the winter for x-c skiing and fat biking, I believe!
Directions: The Jack Baker Woods trailhead is located on Beechwood Street in Thomaston, 3.3 miles south of the intersection of Beechwood Street and Route 90. The trailhead at Thomaston Pollution Control is at the end of Booker Street off Route 1, across from the Oceanside High School sign. The Water Tower trailhead is up a dirt road off the western end of Route 1, across from the Thomaston Green.