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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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  • For a jam packed camping adventure Baxter State Park offers it all. Excellent hiking trails, picturesque camping spots, swimming holes and natural waterslides. Our trip into Nesowadehunk field campgro...  more »
  • We enjoyed the remote beauty of the park, but so much of the dirt road goes through forest so thick it is hard to see anything but the first row of trees. Not many open places to see what's in the par...  more »
  • Went not knowing what to expect. Pleasantly surprised by the panoramic views. Entered the South Gate and got a moose pass from the park staff. This allowed us to park at an area about 20 minutes drive...  more »

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