Family Hikes: Thomaston Town Trail

MP finds herself craving lush green forests during this unpredictable April. She’ll look back at pictures from the summer and wish for warmer weather. Last year, during a family road trip to Rockland, a friend recommended exploring the Thomaston Town Trail. The mile-long trail is known for its magical boardwalk path that leads walkers to Split Rock – a gargantuan, glacial rock surrounded by Birch trees.

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There was a heavy mist in the air when we arrived at the Baker Woods trailhead, but there was so much tree cover, the weather didn’t really matter. We brought a few umbrellas just in case the rain came. As we walked the quiet trail, there were ferns and moss-covered trees at every turn. To MP, the scenery was like something out of a storybook, but CP#2 described the marshy woods best, calling it Maine’s own Jurassic Park.

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Split Rock didn’t disappoint. All of us were amazed by its size. We later learned the rock is a “glacial erratic” – a piece of rock that differs from the size and type of rock native to the area. Rocks like this one are carried by glacial ice, which can cover several miles.

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Lucky for us, the cool weather kept the bugs at bay. We walked silently, taking in the beauty of the woods and the gentle sound of rain falling on leaves. We couldn’t have asked for a better time to explore this trail.

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To learn more about the Thomaston Town Trails, visit here.

PS: A boardwalk hike in Saco, plus another favorite trail.

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