In 1979, volunteers in the Maine Youth Conservation Corps created the mural on Pockwockamus Rock,[11] located about 2.5 miles from the south gate (45°47′56″N 68°53′40″W / 45.798977°N 68.894338°W / 45.798977; -68.894338). Inside the park boundary there is no electricity, running water, or paved roads. Baxter's expressed desire to keep the park "forever wild." Bring everything you need, especially plenty of water. Snowmobiling is permitted on the Tote Road, the 46-mile (74 km) dirt road connecting the park's south gate at Togue Pond and the north gate at Matagamon. Park facilities are described by the Friends of Baxter State Park as “rustic and without electricity.” Want a hot shower? The three largest bodies of water are Grand Lake Matagamon, Webster Lake, and Nesowadnehunk Lake. The place was beautiful. Sole governance is provided by the Baxter State Park Authority, consisting of the Maine Attorney General, the Maine Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and the Director of the Maine Forest Service. There are also several smaller ponds, such as Hudson, Draper, Russell, Center and the South Branch ponds. In 1920, eventual Governor Percival P. Baxter participated in an expedition to the top of Mount Katahdin, led by Burton Walter Howe (then-chairman of the Aroostook county Republican party), to determine its feasibility for the site of a national park. The park is independently funded through a combination of revenues from trusts, user fees, and the sale of forest products from the park's Scientific Forest Management Area. Easy access to fire wood. Baxter, the park prohibits the use of audio or visual devices in any way that impairs the enjoyment of the park by others or that may disturb or harass wildlife. No electricity. There are various places to stop en route, some with water access for swimming or canoes, kayaks. Be sure to stay at the Big Moose Inn in Millinocket if you stay overnight; they are wonderful. Good for the entire family. Baxter Park is not part of the Maine State Park system. He was merciful and recommended we head back before I got too tired. Not a place for beginners read info about the trails before starting out. Since Gov. But Katahdin, in all its glory, forever shall remain the mountain of the people of Maine.”. We're planning to do it again this year and attempt to make it to the top. In 2018, the gate counts were 67,774. Baxter is a magical, serene wilderness and it is not to everyone's liking! We were able to explore a variety of hikes that were not on Katahdin and really enjoyed them. The park ranger was available and kind. There are no stores or gas stations inside the park. Leaf-fall in deciduous trees is complete by the end of October. Always a chance of seeing a moose. The average annual precipitation is 37 inches (940 mm) which includes 100 inches (2,500 mm) per year of snow. Are the prices for this place or activity, Is this a must-do if you are traveling with a, Is this a romantic place or activity that you would suggest for, I stayed at Abol two nights. There is also an avian population in the park; the most common birds are warblers, thrushes, and flycatchers as well as owls, hawks, eagles, and ducks and other wetland birds. Plenty of wilflife! Katahdin rises above Katahdin Stream Campground in Baxter State Park. Hotels near Moose Prints Gallery and Gifts, Hotels near Debsconeag Lakes Wilderness Area, Adrenaline & Extreme Tours in Millinocket, Moose Prints Gallery and Gifts: Tickets & Tours‎, New England Outdoor Center Cross Country Skiing: Tickets & Tours‎, Debsconeag Lakes Wilderness Area: Tickets & Tours‎, St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church: Tickets & Tours‎, New England Outdoor Center NEOC - Day Tours, Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. He made the last purchase in 1962 and accumulated 201,018 acres (813 km2) of wilderness. mostly this is for hiking. [8][9], Park Headquarters is located over twenty miles (32 km) from the actual park in the small town of Millinocket. But the outhouse was very clean. Wassataquoik Stream has two waterfalls, Grand and Norway; another popular waterfall is Green Falls, tucked between Bald Mt. [5] The expedition included not only Baxter, the presumptive choice for President of the Senate, but also Charles P. Barnes, who was widely regarded as the leading candidate for Speaker of the House of Representatives of Maine when it convened in January 1921. Baxter State Park has a diverse population of wildlife, the most common of which are the moose, the black bear, and the white-tailed deer. and South Pogy Mt. I did the hike with my 18 year old son (I'm 67). Baxter, the newly inaugurated governor, was no longer able to direct legislative deliberations on his bill.