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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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  • Baxter State Park is an excellent example of wilderness conservation in action and a beautiful homage to Percival Baxters vision and commitment to preserving the wildnerness while at the same time giv...  more »
  • A beautiful park where you can walk (hiking) and camping. Motor homes and motorcycles are not allowed. First, you will be registered at the entrance, name, number of passengers, license plate of the car and phone number. You pay $14 and if you park goes out then you need the map. In the park you can walk many trails. At every trail you need on a registration board write down your name, number of people and time. When you come back then you write down the time again. So they can check where you are if anything should happen. We thought it easy hiking trails were, but we lost in there. Clambering over rocks, about evenwichtbalken on a stream and on tree trunks climbing. If you want to camp then you must register in advance. Only tents are allowed and on every campsite is a ranger. In the park are bears and elk. We have seen no bears on the road, but a moose. Gorgeous. We have followed a trail to the Niagara falls. Not to be confused with the real Niagara Falls, but they are also very beautiful. In about 3 hours you ride the entire park ennobled by a forest path. Nature is extremely beautiful, Rapids, mountains and forest. The maximum speed is 20 mile per hour. If you want to drive the whole park by (and back) then you need 4 hours here for from it. Trails and stop not included. It is well worth the effort to visit this park. Especially during the indian summer when the trees beautiful discolor.
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  • Grew up in BSP as a kid as I lived in town and my parents worked here as rangers. I love every minute I spend in this beautiful gem from the scenery, to the hiking trails, and the wildlife. I recommen...  more »