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Baxter State Park, Millinocket

Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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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. 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, 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.There are many bodies of water in the park. The three largest bodies of water are Grand Lake Matagamon, Webster Lake, and Nesowadnehunk Lake. There are also several smaller ponds, such as Hudson, Draper, Russell, Center and the South Branch ponds. Numerous streams and rivers connect these water bodies, most prominently Trout Brook (between Grand Lake Matagamon and Nesowadnehunk Lake) and Nesowadnehunk Stream (connecting Nesowadnehunk Lake and the small collection of ponds near Sentinel Mountain). Some of these have waterfalls; Nesowadnehunk Stream has Big and Little Niagara Falls, as well as Ledge Falls. Wassataquoik Stream has two waterfalls, Grand and Norway; another popular waterfall is Green Falls, tucked between Bald Mt. and South Pogy Mt. None of this water is potable, and the park advises that visitors bring or treat their water.
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  • Only had time to drive thru. The fall leaves were in color (first week of Oct), what a beautiful sight.A primitive park that should keep that way. Thanks Lulu for your help. 
  • My wife and I hiked into Chimney Pond from the trailhead at Roaring Brook campground. It's 3.3 miles each way, with a 1400 foot elevation gain. The whole trail is rock and boulder strewn and requires ...  read more »
  • We spent two days exploring this park and would loved to have spent more time there - a beautiful place. 
  • I hiked to Katahdin's Peak as a Boy Scout, and fell in love with the majesty of that mountain, and the rugged wilderness that surrounds it. Each time I climbed by a different trail, gaining new perspectives in the adventure. Lots of river travel, fishing and hiking throughout BSP in my youth, instilling a love and awe of nature that I carry with me four decades later. Find 'Lost on a Mountain in Maine' by Donn Fendler for the captivating story of another Scout's ordeal in Baxter State Park. Also, pairs of Maine black flies have been known to carry off cats, dogs and even the occasional small child tourist, so take care between Mother's Day and Father's Day. Otherwise, it's a wicked sweet place to be and well worth the trip!
  • The park is amazing, with great infrastructure on the camping sites. When you hike the mount baxter summit, you can barely see any sign of civilization up to the horizon. Quite impressive views.
  • Katahdin is the best hike on the east coast! Also did the Owl too right next to. Best views. Avoid early spring when the black flys are raging.
  • If you can reserve a site, this place is amazing. NO National Park! Nooooooooo
  • Baxter is beautiful and Katahdin is the most incredible mountain east of the Rockies. I try to get to the greatest mountain at least once a year.
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