Our trip to Baxter was a quick (there 7a.m thru 3:30p.m.), but enjoyable one. We went on a Monday during the last week of June.
It was kind of confusing to understand about parking, reservations, $, etc. for BSP, so I did examine their website and called ahead of time to see if I really needed to reserve. The ranger I spoke with said probably not because it wasn't a weekend and it was forecasted to be rainy and if we get there by 7, it should be ok. We paid $15 for the out of state permit.
There was ample parking for us, in every lot that day! I had looked online to see what hikes we would have time for in a 8-9 hr. period. We parked at Roaring Brook campground lot first to hike Sandy Stream Pond. Mosquitos!!! They started landing on our windshield even before we left the vehicle. Long sleeves, long pants, hats, raincoats, bugspray were used. It rained, it was sunny, it rained type of day in the 50s. I had purchased head nets for this, but forgot them that day :(
Sandy Stream Pond was a beautiful flat hike with great views of Mt. Katahdin. Of course, we wanted to see moose. We heard them, but didn't see them! (Fortunately, another hiker who comes often, let us know that what we were hearing was them). Very serene! Our family of 5 listened and looked for a long time............
We hiked to Little and Big Niagra Falls (which is part of the Appalachian Trail). Parked at Daicey Pond parking lot. Very pretty! Easy to moderate hike.
The Katahdin Stream Falls hike was well worth it, too.
I wanted to rent the canoes for $1 to go around Daicey Pond, but the family said it was time to go. Really enjoyed visiting this rustic pristine park!
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