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Baxter State Park

Baxter State Park, a wilderness area of 202,064 acres, was a gift to the State of Maine by former Gov. Percival P. Baxter. In 1930 he made his first land purchase of 5,960 acres which included Katahdin, the highest mountain in Maine. This land was given to the State in 1931. By resolve of the Maine Legislature in 1933, the area was officially designated as Baxter State Park and the summit of Katahdin was named "Baxter Peak" in his honor. His final gift of 7,764 acres was made in 1962.

The Park is a paradise for the naturalist, mountain climber, hiker, and photographer. Many orchids, ferns, alpine and other plants grow in abundance. Geologists will find interest in Baxter's rhyolite, Katahdin granite and many fossil types. Bird watchers, wildlife enthusiasts and winter trackers will find a variety of wildlife to pursue. Gov. Baxter expressed the spirit of the Park.

Man is born to Die, His Works are Short-lived Buildings Crumble, Monuments Decay, Wealth Vanishes But Katahdin in All Its Glory Forever Shall Remain the Mountain of the People of Maine

There are 46 mountain peaks and ridges, 18 of which exceed an elevation of 3,000 feet, the highest being Baxter Peak at 5,267 feet. The park is intersected by about 175 miles of trails. The information contained in this brief introduction to the Park is not adequate for extended hiking or climbing. For your own safety, do not leave the Park Tote road without a detailed map o, the area to be traversed. Maps may be obtained at Campgrounds, Millinocket Headquarters, or the Visitor Center at Togue Pond.

Major Trails

Appalachian TrailPark line to Katahdin Stream4.95
Abol TrailAbol to Thoreau Spring2.76
Hunt TrailKatahdin Stream to Baxter Peak5.19
The Owl TrailKatahdin Stream to the Owl3.00
O.J.I. TrailPerimeter road to O.J.I2.71
Sentinel Mt. TrailKidney Pond to Sentinel Mt.2.60
Doubletop Mt. TrailNesowadnehunk to Kidney Pond7.80
Marston TrailSlide Dam to North Brother4.24
Webster Lake TrailBlack Brook to Webster Lake7.20
Freezeout TrailWebster Lake to Second Lake Matagamon9.0
Freezeout TrailSecond Lake Matagamon to Trout Brook Farm6.10
Trout Brook Mt. TrailTrout Brook Farm to Trout Brook Mt.1.30
Horse Mt. TrailPerimeter road to Horse Mt. Tower1.35
Fowler Pond TrailPerimeter road to Fowler Pond2.00
Middle Fowler TrailSo. Branch Pond to Middle Fowler Pond4.10
So. Branch Falls TrailSo. Branch Pond road to the falls0.43
So. Branch Mt. TrailSo. Branch Pond to Pogy Notch Trail via Black Cat. Mt.4 06
North Traveler TrailSo. Branch Pond to North Traveler2.55
Center Ridge TrailPogy Notch Trail to the Traveler1.75
Pogy Notch TrailSo. Branch Pond to the Traveler9.61
Lookout TrailRussell Pond Campground to The Lookout Ledge1.25
Grand Falls TrailRussell Pond to Grand Falls via Inscription Rock2.75
Wassataquoik Lake TrailRussell Pond to Wassataquoik Lake2.70
Wassataquoik Lake TrailWassataquoik Lake to Nesowadnehunk Field8.30
Russell Pond TrailRussell Pond to Roaring Brook7.00
Howe (north)Peaks TrailRussell Pond to Hamlin Peak6.85
Northwest Basin TrailRussell Pond to The Saddle7.96
So. Turner Mt. TrailRoaring Brook to S. Turner Mt. via Sandy Stream Pond2.00
Whidden Pond TrailSandy Stream Pond to Whidden Pond0.90
Helon Taylor TrailRoaring Brook to Pamola3.16
Knife Edge TrailPamola to Baxter Peak1.10
Chimney Pond TrailRoaring Brook to Chimney Pond3.30
Dudley TrailChimney Pond to Pamola1.25
Cathedral TrailChimney Pond to Baxter Peak1.70
Saddle TrailChimney Pond to Baxter Peak2.17
Hamlin Ridge TrailChimney Pond to Hamlin Peak1.95
North Basin TrailChimney Pond Trail to No. Basin Ponds1.25

To protect the wilderness resource, the park limits access to parking lots/trailheads. Access is based on a first-come, first-served basis when parking lots fill up, that area is closed. Early arrival is recommended for day-use.


There are ten campgrounds located at Roaring Brook, Abol, Katahdin Stream, Nesowadnehunk, South Branch Pond Trout Brook Farm, Chimney Pond, Russell Pond, Daicey Pond (cabins only) and Kidney Pond (cabins only).

The campgrounds have facilities which may vary including lean-tos, tenting space, bunkhouses, fireplaces and picnic tables. Narrow roads prohibit travel with large trailers. Russell Pond and Chimney Pond can be reached only by foot trails. Canoes are available for rent at South Branch Pond, Russell Pond, Trout Brook Farm, Daicey Pond and Kidney Pond. Campers and visitors supply their own food and cooking utensils. Gasoline is not available in the Park, Although it is available at private campgrounds on the way to the Park. We strongly recommend checking your gas gauge before entering.

Water Supplies

Water in Baxter State park is untreated and generally unprotected. Before drinking or cooking, it is strongly recommended that water be disinfected. This can be done a number of ways, such as boiling for a minimum of five minutes or the application of seven drops of iodine (from your first aid kit) per gallon of water. Bleach (Clorox) may be substituted for iodine. If you use a filter be sure pore size is 3 microns or smaller.

Baxter State Park
64 Balsam Drive
Millinocket, Me. 04462
(207) 723-5140

Baxter State Park - Baxter State Park is in the heart of Maine, with Mt. Katahdin as its crown jewel. Hiking, climbing and other recreational activities await you in Baxter State Park.

Winter Rules - The Baxter State Park Authority has developed a set of procedures and guidelines for winter use in an effort to assist Park users in planning trips to Baxter State Park, to promote safety of all persons using the Park and to protect the Baxter State Park Authority and its staff from unnecessary search and rescue efforts.

Day Use Regulations - No special permission is required for day use below tree line. However, in the interest of public safety we strongly discourage people from traveling alone in the winter; party size of at least 2 is strongly recommended, 3 or 4 is better! Day users are requested to check in and out at Park gates, volunteer registration points or Park Headquarters, by phone if more convenient. This is for the safety of users in the event of an accident or emergency and helps us keep statistics on Park use.

Technical Climbing - Get the latest in rules and regulations before you head out on a climb.

Winter Camping Regulations - Camping in the winter is not for everyone, so check this page before you venture out to the Park for a winter camping adventure.

Administrative Procedures Governing Winter Activities - The Baxter State Park Authority encourages winter use of the Park; but is vitally concerned with the safety of winter visitors. Users of the Park in the winter must comply with the Rules and Regulations of the Park.

Recommendations For Winter Visitors - Food, not clothing, is the source of your heat, so a diet high in carbohydrates, along with some fats, is recommended. Dry foods, such as pasta, rice and powdered potatoes, cheeses, and freeze dried meals are good choices because of their light weight.

Alpine Skiing Regulations - Get the latest in rules and regulations before you head out on a climb.

Day Use Hiking Guide - Those of us who work for Baxter State Park cherish the land we manage and hope you will strive to respect both the land and its inhabitants during your visit here.

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