Baxter State Park Scenic Drive

Millinocket, Maine 4462

Baxter State Park Scenic Drive

Baxter State Park Scenic Drive Professional Review and Guide

"The pristine park, covering 201,108 acres or 314 square miles, is rightly called Maine’s Yellowstone. This park, a Katahdin-guarded realm, is a forest primeval that has recovered from the ravages of logging, a wildlife sanctuary filled with moose, deer, and bear and a place, said its creator Percival Baxter, “where nature rules and where the creatures of the forest hold undisputed dominion.” The Baxter State Park Scenic Drive threads 94 miles through the western and northern edge of the park on the Park Tote Road, a dusty narrow track that leads to quiet campsites, ponds, waterfalls, tumbling brooks, and spectacular scenic views.

Special attractions: Baxter State Park, Mt. Katahdin, Katahdin Stream Falls, Doubletop Mountain, The Travelers Pond, South Branch Pond, Sandy Stream Pond, Roaring Brook Nature Trail, Appalachian Trail, Little Niagara and Big Niagara falls, Daicey Pond Nature Trail Visitor Center, camping, backpacking, hiking, fishing, wildlife observation, ski touring, canoeing, mountaineering, rock climbing, and fall foliage. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more."

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"A 94-mile, backroads route around Mount Katahdin and Baxter State Park in northern Maine."

Baxter State Park Scenic Drive Reviews

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This is probably my favorite road on Earth to drive - especially in the fall. You'll get a beautiful mix of deep green Hemlock colors and bright yellow Birch and bright red Maple foliage for landscape with rolling hills, streams and rivers nearly around every turn. It's my belief that the 20MPH speed limit is not for safety but to ensure you don't miss out on some of the most beautiful spots in Maine and its wildlife. I've run into(not literally) so many moose, rabbit, partridge, turtles, weasels, various birds, deer and squirrel on this web of roads - it's very exciting. There are 2 approaches that I take when driving this road. Both involve, in any weather or temperature, windows down. 1- No music, no talking, just listening to the tires on the dirt, splashing of puddles and wind or rain. 2- Banjo music - I think the Grateful Dead (Cumberland Blues) and/or Old & In The Way or other Jerry Garcia banjo favorites are quite enjoyable entering BSP. Exiting the park is much more somber, knowing it may be another year before you visit again. If you take the drive, please be respectful of the wildlife, posted speed limits. Be mindful it is a narrow road and watch out for hikers! Best, Kasey Marsters

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Mid-May through mid-October
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Sep 2018