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Baxter SP

Millinockett, Maine

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DeLorme Topo USA 3.0 Map of Baxter State Park
Maine Atlas and Gazetteer
Map 50, 51, 56, 57
 
To get there:
Take I-95 to Medway Exit 56.
Follow Rt. 11/157 to Millinocket.
In Milliocket, follow the signs for the park.
 
Contact:
Baxter State Park
Reservation Clerk
64 Balsam Drive
Millinocket, Maine 04462
(207)723-5140
 
References
Description
Baxter State Park is a 204,733 acre wilderness area.
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.
 
For more information about specific activities, click the links below:
 
Dates of Operation Dates of Operation (2001)
NOTE: After October 15th, BSP is open only for DAY-USE, conditions permitting. The park will close under a Class IV Day which is declared when there are dangers and risks to Hikers, Rescue Personnel, or the environment.
 
There are ten campgrounds located within the park: Roaring Brook, Abol, Katahdin Stream, Nesowadnehunk, South Branch Pond, Trout Brook Farm, Chimney Pond, Russell Pond, Daicey Pond (cabins) and Kidney Pond (cabins).

CAMPGROUND

OPENING & CLOSING DATES (inclusive)

Roaring Brook

May 15th-October 15th

Katahdin Stream

May 15th-October 15th

Daicey Pond

May 15th-October 15th

Kidney Pond

May 23rd-October 15th

South Branch Pond

May 15th-October 15th

Chimney Pond

June 1st-October 15th

Abol

May 15th-October 15th

Nesowadnehunk

May 23rd-October 15th

Trout Brook Farm

May 23rd-October 15th

Russell Pond

June 1st-October 15th

 
Usage Fee Usage Fees (2001)
Park fees are subject to change, and you should check with the Reservation Clerk (see Contact Information) for the latest rates. When making reservations, the clerk will want to know your first, second, third choice of where you want to stay, and whether you are willing to move around from night to night. Reservations are by mail only.
Camping Fees (Summer)
  • Bunkhouse (per bunk) $7.00 per person per night
  • Shelter/Lean-tos $6.00 per person per night, minimum $12.00 per lean-to per night.
  • Tenting Space $6.00 per person per night, minimum $12.00 per tent site per night. Except Trout Brook Farm and Nesowadnehunk Campgrounds which are at a family rate of $12.00 per site per night.
  • Cabins $17.00 per person per night, children 1-6 free, age 7-16: $10.00 per person. Minimum $30.00 for a 2-bed cabin, $40.00 for a 3-bed cabin and $50.00 for a 4-bed cabin.
  • Group Areas $3.00 per person per night. Except groups 12 or less at Avalanche Field or Foster Field group areas will be at $6.00 per person per night. Avalanche Field, Foster Field, Nesowadnehunk Field and Trout Brook Farm Field are the group areas within Baxter State Park.
Camping Fees (Winter)
  • Bunkhouse (per bunk) $12.00 per person per night, except Chimney Pond bunkhouse is $25.00 per person per night.
  • Lean-tos or Tenting Space $8.00 per person per night.
  • Cabins $20.00 per person per night.
Motor Vehicle Fee
  • Vehicles registered outside of Maine must pay a $8 vehicle fee per day, unless 1) they are camping for more than one consecutive day; 2) the vehicle bears a season pass (which costs $25).
Mountains Mountains
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.
 
Katahdin is comprised of Baxter Peak (5276ft.),
South Peak (5240ft.), Pamola (4902ft.),
Hamlin Peak (4751ft.), and North Peaks (4734ft./4612ft.).
 
The Owl (3736ft.)
 
Barren Mountain (3580ft.)
 
Mount O-J-I (3410ft.)
 
Mount Coe (3764ft.)
 
The Brothers, North (4143ft.) and South (3920ft.)
 
Fort Mountain (3861ft.)
 
Doubletop, North Peak (3488ft.)
 
Mullen Mountain (3450ft.)
 
Traveller Mountain (3541ft.)
 
Turner Mountain, North (3323ft.) and South (3122ft.)
 
Related Books
The Great Mountain
The Great Mountain

50 Hikes in the Maine Mountains : Day Hikes and Backpacks in the Fabled Northern Peaks and Lake Country
50 Hikes in the Maine Mountains

Maine Mountain Guide : The Hiking Trails of Maine Featuring Baxter State Park
AMC Maine Mountain Guide

 Applachian Mountain Club Maine Mountains : Rangeley-Stratton, Baxter State Park
AMC Map: Rangeley-Stratton, Baxter State Park

Maine Atlas & Gazetteer
Maine Atlas & Gazetteer

 
 
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