Baxter State Park is a 209,644-acre park that includes the final 14.4 miles and the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail: Maine's highest peak, Mt Katahdin. With an elevation gain of around 4,000 feet, the challenging and awesome round-trip climb to the top of Mt Katahdin takes most hikers 8-12 hours. In addition, stay at one of over 330 campsites and explore over 200 miles of trails in this remote, beautiful wilderness. Technical rock climbing, hunting, fishing, paddling, or just a scenic drive are other great activities to enjoy in Baxter State Park.
From May 15-October 15 the Togue Pond Gate opens at 6:00 am and closes at 10:00 pm. The Matagamon Gate opens at 6:00 am and closes at 9:00 pm. In the winter (December-March), park visitors must sign in and out at Park Headquarters in Millinocket. Winter hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Baxter State Park has over 220 miles of hiking trails and over 40 mountain peaks in addition to Mt Katahdin! That means there is a lot more to do in Baxter State Park than hike. You can drive through Baxter State Park on the Park Tote Road and enjoy the beautiful roadside sights. The Park Tote Road offers many chances to see Mt Katahdin, and it takes about 2 hours to drive the full distance. There are also many picnic areas and roadside opportunities to view and photograph wildlife. It isn't uncommon to see moose and deer in the park, and occasionally the elusive black bear. Bicycles are permitted on the Park Tote Road and the Dwelley Pond Trail. In the winter, fat biking is allowed on the Park Tote Road and Abol Stream Trail.
For the more Adventurous
There are many technical rock climbing opportunities in Baxter State Park as well. In addition to reaching the peak of Katahdin, experience any type of climbing challenge on the mountain, from bouldering to multi-pitch climbs. Popular technical rock climbing routes on Mt Katahdin include The Diamonds, The Chimney, The Armadillo, The Flatiron, and also Palola #4.
Hunting & Fishing
Consider hunting or fishing in Baxter State Park. Hunting and trapping is open in about 25% of the park, mainly at the top and bottom sections. Fishing is also a primary activity for many visitors. There are many ponds and streams throughout Baxter to choose from. Also, many ponds within the park have canoes for rent for $1/hr or $8/day. Check with the gate or campground for rental information and key locations which vary.
Cellphones work best for telling time and taking pictures in the park and not much else. Last but not least, pets, drones, and groups over 12 people won't make it through the gate.