Baxter State Park is a 204,733 acre wilderness area in the heart of Maine.
There are about 186 miles of trails and 46 peaks in the park. Baxter Peak on Mt. Katahdin is the highest at 5,276 feet. 18 others are over 3000 feet. Katahdin is also the Northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail.
Access is limited. In order to protect the wilderness, the park limits parking at lots and trailheads. Access is based on a first-come, first-served basis. When paking lots fill up, the area is closed. It is recommended that day-use visitors arrive early.
While it would seem that Mtn Biking would be great in the park, with the great scenery and the trail system, bicycles are only allowed on the park road. And riding on the parks road is dangerous enough in an automobile. I wouldn’t recommend it. Also, dogs are not allowed either.
Maine Atlas and Gazetteer Map 50, 51, 56, 57
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