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Best trails in Baxter State Park

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Looking for a great trail in Baxter State Park, Maine? AllTrails has 44 great hiking trails, running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 21 hard trails in Baxter State Park ranging from 4.2 to 32.8 km and from 305 to 1,604 meters above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description
Baxter State Park is over 200,000 acres of wilderness and public forest. Water: Water in Baxter State Park is untreated and generally unprotected. No running water is available, you must bring your own drinking water or purify water from the streams, ponds, etc. This can be done a number of ways, such as boiling for a minimum of five minutes or the application of seven drops of iodine (from your first aid kit) per gallon of water. Bleach (Clorox) may be substituted for iodine. If you use a filter be sure pore size is 3 microns or smaller. Facilities: Facilities are rustic. Roads are unpaved. Electricity is not available in the Park. There are outhouses throughout the Park for bathroom facilities. Food, supplies or gasoline are available in Millinocket or private campgrounds on the way to the Park. Firewood: Firewood is available at roadside campgrounds in the Park for a minimal fee. As a protective measure against invasive insects that could damage the Park's forest, Park campers and visitors are not allowed to bring firewood into the Park. A day pass or season pass is required for all non-resident vehicles entering Baxter State Park. No motor vehicle shall be permitted to enter the Park without payment of a motor vehicle fee of Eight Dollars ($8.00) per motor vehicle for each day.
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Map of trails in Baxter State Park
Park information
Acreage
200000 acres
Park hours
Monday
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sunday
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Mailing address
Baxter State Park
64 Balsam Drive Millinocket, ME 04462
Millinocket, ME 04462
Contact
(207) 723-5140
Top trails (44)
#1 - Mount Katahdin and Hamlin Peak Loop
Baxter State Park
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Length: 18.5 km • Est. 7 h 39 m
On this loop hike you will climb all the peaks of tallest mountain in Maine, also the terminus of the Appalachian Trail. Baxter Peak is the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail and is the high Show more
#2 - Helon Taylor, Knife Edge, Saddle and Chimney Pond Trail
Baxter State Park
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Length: 14.6 km • Est. 6 h 18 m
Stellar views, cliffs, and wilderness. A long grueling hike. The Knife edge is very rugged in places - the chimney is almost a technical climb. The Baxter peak side of the knife edge is a boulder scShow more
#3 - Hunt and Helon Taylor Trail
Baxter State Park
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Length: 27.4 km • Est. Multi-day
This steep and difficult trail loop summits Mount Katahdin in Baxter State Park. This is the highest mountain in the state of Maine and a popular alpine hiking destination in northern New England. It'Show more
#4 - Abol Trail
Baxter State Park
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Length: 11.7 km • Est. 5 h 37 m
Abol Trail is a 11.7 kilometer heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Millinocket, Maine that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best Show more
#5 - Hunt Trail
Baxter State Park
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Length: 14.8 km • Est. 6 h 32 m
Hunt Trail is a 14.8 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Millinocket, Maine that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for Show more
#6 - Chimney Pond, Cathedral, Knife Edge and Helon Taylor Loop
Baxter State Park
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Length: 13.0 km • Est. 5 h 54 m
Please note: As of June 2019, the Dudley Trail portion of this trail is still closed. You can still hike to Baxter Peak, but you must hike the same way back. Extremely challenging trail with fantastiShow more
#7 - Chimney Pond Trail
Baxter State Park
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Length: 10.1 km • Est. 3 h 32 m
The trail features a classic glacial bowl with pristine mountain ponds as it gently ascends through hardwood forest eventually offering glimpses of the north basin. Some steeper sections exist but ovShow more
#8 - Little and Big Niagara Falls via Appalachian Trail
Baxter State Park
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Length: 3.7 km • Est. 1 h 3 m
Little and Big Niagara Falls via Appalachian Trail is a 3.7 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Millinocket, Maine that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levelShow more
#9 - Baxter Peak via Saddle Trail
Baxter State Park
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Length: 16.7 km • Est. 6 h 47 m
Baxter Peak via Saddle Trail is a 16.7 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Millinocket, Maine that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of aShow more
#10 - Katahdin Dudley, Knife Edge, Saddle Trail Loop
Baxter State Park
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Length: 6.4 km • Est. 3 h 23 m
NOTE: The Dudley Trail is closed until further notice. This trail can still be done as an out-and-back, but you must plan accordingly. Please check here for more information: https://baxterstatepark.Show more
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