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BAXTER STATE PARK

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LOCATION - The park has 9 separate areas and is north of Millinocket and west of Patten in north central Maine. Take 1-95 to Medway and head west to Millinocket on Maine 11 to reach park headquarters.

 

FEATURES - Technically, Baxter State Park is not part of the state park system, but was named Baxter State Park when Governor Percival P. Baxter donated the land for the park in 1930.

The park is considered the fourth largest "state" park in the U.S. and covers over 314 square miles. It has 46 mountain peaks, 18 rising over 3,000 feet in elevation, many waterfalls, trout streams, plus 64 ponds and lakes. Its highest peak, Mount Katahdin, rises 5,267 feet and one of its ridges, Knife Edge, features a sheer drop of 2,000 feet. Many hikers finish trekking the length of the Appalachian Trail here.

 

ACTIVITIES - Baxter State Park has 8 campgrounds—7 accessible by car— with space for 700 campers and 30 remote campsites. Two campgrounds, Matagamon Lake and South Branch Pond, are only accessible by canoe. Eleven cabins are available at Daicey Pond and 12 are located at Kidney Pond. Russell Pond and Chimney Pond campgrounds are only accessible by foot trail. Because of the narrow roads, large trailers are prohibited.

Beginning with the 1992 camping season, no public water source will be available in the park because of increased federal water quality regulations. Campers should plan to bring their own water or treat park water prior to drinking it.

Enjoy pond fishing and rent a canoe at South Branch Pond, Russell Pond, and Daicey Pond. The use of motor boats and outboard motors is prohibited except on Matagamon and Webster lakes.

Hike up 3,122-foot South Turner Mountain. The 4-mile round trip begins from Roaring Brook Campground and passes Sandy Stream Pond where moose can often be seen feeding at dawn and dusk. In addition, the park is crisscrossed by approximately 175 miles of trails.

During the winter, cross-country ski and stay in a chain of four huts. Go snowmobiling on Matagamon and Webster lakes and on unplowed portions of the park roads.

Lumberman's Museum in Patten has nine buildings, including a working model of a saw mill, blacksmith shop, and 3,000 lumbering artifacts. It's located at the northern entrance to Baxter State Park and is open Memorial Day through September and weekends from October 1 through Columbus Day.

Incoming pilots can land at Millinocket Municipal Airport, located one mile southeast of town. No rental cars are available.

 

INFORMATION

Baxter State Park

64 Balsam Drive

Millinocket, Maine 04462

207-723-5140

Baxter State Park on the map.  How to get there and what to see in the Baxter State Park, Maine. Description of the attractions of the Baxter State Park

Baxter State Park on the map.  How to get there and what to see in the Baxter State Park, Maine. Description of the attractions of the Baxter State Park