Picnic and Swimming areas
- Ledge Falls
For those who don't want to hike too far or camp overnight, the Park maintains a number of day-use picnic areas. Most of these areas are located along or near the Park's Tote Road for easy access, but Katahdin Lake and Dwelley Pond are hike in areas. Check out this map to view the locations of day use shelters within the Park. The map also has information about amenities at picnic area.
The picnic areas consist of one or more simple shelters over picnic tables and usually contain either a fire ring, stand-up barbeque grates, or both. These areas are open for day use as long as the Park Tote Road is open to vehicle access. Fires at these sites may be restricted during times of extreme fire danger.
The Slide Dam shelter is along Nesowadnehunk Stream and provides good swimming and fishing opportunities (fly fishing only). Ledge Falls is one of the most popular spots for hot weather swimming in the Park. Be careful will your footing on the wet ledge, as this surface can be very slippery at times.
The Abol Pond Shelter is located at the western end of Abol Pond and provides swimming and canoeing opportunities.
Togue Pond Beach is located a few hundred feet from the Park's Visitor Center and is the most popular day use picnicking and swimming location in Baxter State Park. Remember - pets are not allowed in Baxter State Park!
The Park has two hike-in Picnic Shelters for those who want to combine a hike and lunch:
The Katahdin Lake Shelter is a 3.2 mile hike from the Avalanche Field trailhead on the Roaring Brook Road and provides good swimming and fishing opportunities on Katahdin Lake. Canoes can be rented from the canoe site nearby (remember to request a key at either Togue Pond Gatehouse or Roaring Brook Campground).
Dwelley Pond is located next to Dwelley Pond and provides good opportunities for wildlife viewing. A canoe is available for rental at this shelter (remember to request a key at either Togue Pond Gatehouse, Matagamon Gatehouse, Trout Brook Farm or Nesowadnehunk Campground).