The Gibson Preserve, 124 wild acres on the St. George River in Searsmont, is owned and managed by the Georges River Land Trust. The Preserve has a 3.9-mile trail network with great summer hiking and winter cross-country skiing and snowshoeing opportunities. The property supports spruce-fir forest, meadows, and fields and has over one mile of frontage on the St. George River. The forest here is relatively even-aged and is estimated to be about 40-50 years old. The large softwood stumps are evidence of past harvesting. A natural resources inventory found five amphibians, three reptiles, 59 birds, and 14 mammal species. The Gibson Preserve is managed for high quality wildlife habitat.
The Gibson Preserve is open to the public for day-use only; no overnight camping is allowed. Hunting is NOT permitted.
Leashed dogs are permitted. Please clean up after your pet!
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The Gibson Preserve is bisected by the St. George River and there are trails on each portion of the property. Currently, though, there is no simple way for visitors to get from one side of the river to the other. Rest assured, we are working on this from many different angles. Until then….
The north side of the property can be accessed from a parking lot off ME Route 173 (Woodmans Mill Road) in Searsmont. From the center of Searsmont (Fraternity Village Store), head west on ME Route 173. Travel 3 miles to the parking lot on the left.
The south side of the property is accessed from Ripley Corner Road in Searsmont. From the center of Searsmont (Fraternity Village Store), head west on ME Route 173 (Woodmans Mill Road). Travel 2 miles to Ripley Corner Road on the left. Parking is on the shoulder of Ripley Corner Road and visitors must walk in to the Gibson Preserve via an old woods road. Once parked, proceed down the road toward the river and cross the wood/concrete bridge. Take your first right onto the overgrown woods road and walk approximately ¼ mile to the Gibson Preserve entrance on the right. The kiosk is somewhat hidden off the road, so be on the lookout for a footpath that leads into the property and the kiosk.
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