Baxter State Park in Maine is comprised of 209,501 acres of wilderness and forest area. The park was a gift from the state's former Gov. Percival P. Baxter. Four hiking trails are available: Katahdin Stream, Abol, Roaring Brook and Chimney Pond. The northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail is located in the park at Mt. Katahdin's peak of 5,267 feet. There is a myriad of year-round activities at Baxter State Park including fishing, boating, cross-country skiing and ice fishing. Eight campgrounds with different facilities and amenities are available and can be reserved in advance. All campers are required to register at the park's gatehouse.
Trout Brook Farm Campground
Trout Brook Farm is located at the northern part of the park, and it is the first campground from the northern entrance. The camp has 14 tent sites, four group-area sites and a four-person bunkhouse. Campers can explore the Matagamon Lake and climb the Trout Brook Mountain. Other activities include fishing, rafting, wildlife viewing, hiking and bicycling. The camp offers a picnic shelter, canoe rentals, picnic tables and vault outhouses. No shower facilities are available.
Baxter State Park
64 Balsam Drive
Millinocket, ME 04462-2190
Katahdin Stream Campground
The Katahdin Stream Campground has nine tent sites, 12 lean-to sites and three group sites. The campground has picnic sites and vault outhouses. The Appalachian Trail passes through the camp and is 5.2 miles long. Activities include mountain climbing, hiking, mountain biking, fishing and cross-county skiing. Trail hikers can hike from the camp to the Katahdin Stream Falls as it follows the Appalachian Trail where it leads to its northern terminus, the Mt. Katahdin peak. Katahdin Stream Campground can be reached approximately 15 miles north on SR 11 in Millinocket where the Togue Pond Gate at Baxter State Park is located. The camp is about 7 miles away from the gate.
Kidney Pond Campground
The Kidney Pond Campground offers 12 wilderness-type cabins that are equipped with beds, a heating stove with gas lights and picnic tables. Some outdoor fireplaces as well as vault outhouses are provided. This is a good option for those wishing to camp at Baxter State Park during the winter months. Drinking water is not available on site; it must be brought in. Activities include hiking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, mountain biking, fishing, canoeing and mountain climbing.