Baxter Trails Blog

Attorney General Janet Mills testament to the value of Baxter Park

Percival Baxter created the Baxter State Park Authority to serve as Trustees for Baxter Park. We are fortunate to have such a group of caring and committed Trustees. At the October meeting, Authority member and Maine Attorney General Janet Mills offered the a stirring testament to the value of Baxter Park - a thoughtful message of peace for the holidays.

BSP Authority meeting

Scheduled for December 2, at the Cross Building in Augusta.

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.

No Pets Please

Pets are not permitted in the Park.



It's Winter! December 1 commences the winter camping season.

October 25 Conditions
Winter in BSP!

Winter Visitor Policies & Procedures

Winter Use Map

Winter Hiking

Winter Camping

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.