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“The beauty of inland Maine is here!!!”
Review of Baxter State Park

Baxter State Park
Ranked #2 of 18 things to do in Millinocket
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Owner description: This park features Mount Katahdin, the largest mountain in Maine, and where you might also catch sight of a moose.
Reviewed November 22, 2017

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!

1  Thank thosewhohope
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Reviewed November 4, 2017 via mobile

We’re on a cross country tour with our dogs - tough to find a kennel for 6+ months - and we are responsible pet owners and travelers.

We were turned away at the gate on a rainy miserable afternoon in November. We only wanted to drive the loop around the park and leave before dark,but we had dogs in the car with us. Small minded and short sighted. We will never go back and will never recommend it. See a real mountain in a national park if you’re going to take the time to seek out nature. Don’t bother with this place. Save your $15 entrance fee for something worthwhile.

1  Thank MICheryl
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Reviewed October 21, 2017

We stopped at Togue Pond Visitor's Center and got some info about hikes in the area. The drive was beautiful and the hikes were wonderful. We were so glad to spend time in the area. We met other visitors including one young man who was one day away from finishing the Appalachian Trail - very cool!

Thank Kaye N
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Reviewed October 16, 2017

We were interested in seeing the fall foliage so we entered the park at the north gate and drove all the way thru to the south gate. We made a lot of stops at the scenic view stops and parked at one lake hoping to see a Moose. No luck today. We thoroughly enjoyed our ride thru the park and seeing the park in it's fall colors. The friendly ranger at the north gate was very informative on the park and was most helpful. Since we are seniors we appreciated her information and guidance.

Thank MHP8473
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Reviewed October 14, 2017 via mobile

Lots of uphill plus rock climbing- excellent moderate day climbing with superb views of Katahdin and Double Top!

Thank llquad
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