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BAXTER STATE PARK
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64 Balsam Drive
Millinocket, Maine 04462
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 Baxter State Park, a wilderness area of 202,064 acres, was a gift to the State of Maine by former Gov. Percival P. Baxter.  In 1930 he made his first land purchase of 5,960 acres which included Katahdin, the highest mountain in Maine.  This land was given to the State in 1931.  By resolve of the Maine Legislature in 1933, the area was officially designated as Baxter State Park and the summit of Katahdin was named "Baxter Peak" in his honor.  His final gift of 7,764 acres was made in 1962.  Purchases after Governor Baxter's death have increased park acreage to a current size of 204,733 acres.  The Park is a paradise for the naturalist, mountain climber, hiker, and photographer.  Many orchids, ferns, alpine and other plants grow in abundance for the botanist.  Geologists will find interest in Baxter's rhyolite, Katahdin granite and many fossil types. Bird watchers and wildlife enthusiasts will find a variety of wildlife to pursue.

There are 46 mountain peaks and ridges, 18 of which exceed an elevation of 3,000 feet, the highest being Baxter Peak at 5,267 feet.  The Park is intersected by about 175 miles of trails.  The information contained in this brief introduction to the Park is not adequate for extended hiking or climbing.  For your own safety, do not leave the Park tote road without a detailed map of the area to be traversed.  Maps may be obtained at Campgrounds, Millinocket Headquarters, or the Visitor Center at Togue Pond.

Baxter Park is operated solely through user fees and interest from trust funds provided by Governor Baxter.

 

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