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Baxter State Park, Millinocket

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Baxter State Park is a large wilderness area permanently preserved as a state park, located in Piscataquis County in north-central Maine, United States. It is in the North Maine Woods region, and borders the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument.The park was established by 28 donations of land, in trust, from park donor Percival P. Baxter between the years of 1931 and 1962, eventually creating a park of over 200000acre in size. Baxter Park is not part of the Maine State Park system. Sole governance is provided by the Baxter State Park Authority, consisting of the Maine Attorney General, the Maine Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and the Director of the Maine Forest Service. The park is independently funded through a combination of revenues from trusts, user fees, and the sale of forest products from the park's Scientific Forest Management Area. The park is home to the state's highest peak, Mount Katahdin. The number of visitors to the park declined from 75,000 in 2000 to 55,000 in 2005, but since 2005 visitor use has been slowly increasing.Geography and climateMount Katahdin consists of a cluster of mountains. The highest peak, Baxter Peak, is named after park donor and former Maine Governor Percival P. Baxter and rises up to 5267ft. The mountain is the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail.
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  • We’re on a cross country tour with our dogs - tough to find a kennel for 6+ months - and we are responsible pet owners and travelers. We were turned away at the gate on a rainy miserable afternoon in ...  more »
  • We stopped at Togue Pond Visitor's Center and got some info about hikes in the area. The drive was beautiful and the hikes were wonderful. We were so glad to spend time in the area. We met other visit...  more »
  • We were interested in seeing the fall foliage so we entered the park at the north gate and drove all the way thru to the south gate. We made a lot of stops at the scenic view stops and parked at one l...  more »

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