Posted on December 16, 2013 and last updated on September 15, 2020

Thorne Head Preserve and Whiskeag Trail, Bath


  • Preserve Size: Thorne Head is 88 acres
  • Trail Mileage: Whiskeag Trail is ~6 miles long
  • Pets: yes
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Sights: Kennebec River, Whiskeag Creek

This is an a beautiful, peaceful trail network.There are more interior trails on Thorne Head than my map depicts. You can head out for a seriously substantial walk here if you combine the trails of the Kennebec Estuary Land Trust’s Thorne Head Preserve with the town’s six-mile Whiskeag Trail. You might notice a landfill near the entrance, but don’t note it too much. Thorne Head offers pretty views of the fast-moving Kennebec River, and the trails here are popular with walkers and their dogs.

Thorne Head Preserve’s Overlook Trail (marked in red on my map) is a .5-mile wheelchair-accessible path—it’s packed dirt, wide and smooth. It leaves from the parking lot and brings you to a high point of the preserve with a view.

While Thorne Head is marvelous, sections of the Whiskeag, particularly along Whiskeag Creek, are also very pretty, and a few of the rocky outcroppings might make good bases for a swim.

The Whiskeag Trail is fairly well marked, but there are a few confusing sections along the way. For instance, at the school fields and the cemetery, you just have to walk toward the road crossings. So, at the cemetery, walk across the iron bridge and take a left and then follow the cemetery road to the crosswalk where the path continues in the woods. At the school fields, walk around the baseball field to the trailhead. The path crosses the road here and heads off into the woods.

Directions: In Bath, go north on High Street, which dead ends into the parking lot of the preserve. You can pick up the Whiskeag Trail at the Bath YMCA or off of Whiskeag Road, parking lot on the right. Maine Trail Finder has some good directions.


Let me know if you have any trail updates or corrections!