Baxter Trails Blog

BSP Authority meeting scheduled for October 14 at Kidney Pond Campground.

Dudley Trail closed until 2018

After careful inspection, the Dudley Trail will be closed until 2018 to allow for the relocation of the lower section of the trail. This work is in response to a rock and debris slide that obliterated a critical section of the trail above the Pamola Caves.

Our Summer Our Summer Childrens Programs and Summer Evening Programs are now scheduled!

Second Canoe at Frost Pond

There will soon be a second canoe available for rent at Frost Pond. One canoe will be designated as a Day Use canoe. The other will be for campers. Both canoes will be locked with keys available at either Matagamon Gatehouse or Trout Brook Farm Rangers. Hopefully, this will end conflicts between parties at the pond. We understand this will be a change for some long time users, but feel this solution is the best way to address issues that have increased lately. Thanks for your patience as we make this transition.

Baxter State Park Authority Meeting Cancelled

The scheduled July 22 meeting has been canceled

No Pets Please

Pets are not permitted in the Park.




As has happened in years past, winter has arrived on Katahdin early. On a trail inspection, Ranger Mike Winslow provided these views of the Abol Trail at 3800' today.
Hikers arriving now are not prepared for the conditions at elevation and sensitive habitats are more endangered by errant footsteps. The forecast suggests a bigger dose of winter is on the way.

October 25 Conditions
October 25 Conditions
October 25 Conditions
October 25 Conditions

Open Letter to our New Neighbors

Our new neighbor Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument is making plans on how they will set up shop. A significant increase in visitors to the landscape east of Katahdin will have impacts on how we manage and protect Baxter State Park. We are looking forward to talking about our concerns at the upcoming listening sessions. Here’s our open letter to our new neighbors.

Abol Trail Now Open for Hiking!

Hikers can now try out the Abol Trail, including approximately 1 mile of relocated trail. We have put together a new Trail Description for hikers planning an Abol hike.

AT Hiker Permits required in Baxter State Park in 2016!

AT hikers entering Baxter State Park in 2016 will need to pick up an AT Long Distance Hiker Permit Card. See our website for full details:
At Hiker Registration

Attention Summer Campers

The rolling reservation system is now underway for the 2016 Summer Camping Season. Reservations may be made for campsites in the Park within four (4) months of the date of the reservation.

If you have any questions please contact the reservation office at 723-5140 from 8am – 4pm.

Baxter Park Completes Search and Rescue Data Review:

The Park has recently completed a comprehensive review of all Search and Rescue incidents filed over the past 22 years. The analysis of the data will help the Park to better communicate with visitors about the risks of wilderness travel and to prepare Park Rangers to better assist visitors in need.