News: Happy 50th Birthday to Maine's Baxter State Park!

Today marks the 50th Anniversary of the creation of Baxter State Park in Maine.  For anyone who has been to this park, they know it's a wilderness gym in the heart of Maine.  Home to the rugged Mount Katahdin and the Knife Edge, along with amazing alpine areas and deep forests miles away from any road.  The park managers have managed to balance use over all these years with the protection of the park, creating a wilderness escape that is unparalleled in the Northeast. 

For those who haven't yet hiked in Baxter, make your reservations and see what you are missing.  We can't imagine that anyone would be disappointed by an experience with this park.

Some background on Baxter State Park:
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 200,000 acres 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.

Visiting the Park
For more information on Baxter State Park, visit the Park Authority's official website. They have information on trails, campgrounds and reservations (which are required for overnight trips).

If you are looking for a map and guidebook to the park, the AMC's Maine Mountain Guide includes maps of Baxter State Park and descriptions of the Park's trails.