- The Beauty of the Park Photo Courtesy of Alice Frati
Baxter State Park is over 200,000 acres of wilderness and public forest.
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. Learn more about protecting water quality in the Park.
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. Baxter Park is a carry-in carry-out Park.
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.
Maps found on this website are not adequate for extended hiking or climbing. See the Hiking Maps Page. Our hiking trails range from short easy day hikes to difficult long hikes. For your own safety, do not leave the Park Tote road without a detailed map of the area to be traversed. Maps may be purchased (cash or check only) at Park Headquarters in Millinocket, the Park Visitor Center at Togue Pond, roadside campgrounds in the Park and the Matagamon Gatehouse.
A road map of Baxter State Park is provided on this site for your convenience. Narrow roads prohibit travel with large trailers. See the rules page for vehicle size restrictions.
- Millinocket to Togue Pond Gatehouse - 18 miles.
- Togue Pond Gatehouse to Matagamon Gatehouse - 46 miles.
- Matagamon Gatehouse to Patten via Shin Pond and Route 159 - 26 miles.
To protect the wilderness resource, the Park limits access to Trailhead Day Use Parking.
There are ten campgrounds located in the Park.
Roadside and Hike-in Picnic Shelters There are many picnic shelters located in the Park. See the Picnic Map for more information.
Bears are part of the wildlife that live in the Park. Most of the time, seeing a bear in the Park is a rare treat, but our actions can sometimes invite bears to become both a nuisance and a hazard in the campground. Acting appropriately in the campground can prevent this problem. For more information visit Bears.
Baxter Park is operated solely through user fees and interest from trust funds provided by Percival Baxter. Baxter State Park receives no tax dollars or other funds from the State of Maine. Fee Schedule. NON-RESIDENT MOTOR VEHICLE FEE (Payable only at the Matagamon and Togue gate.) A day pass or season pass is required for all non-resident vehicles entering Baxter State Park.