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Baxter State Park in Maine

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Baxter State Park in MaineThe Maine Writer

Another Maine destination you should consider checking out is Baxter State Park. Baxter State Park borders the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument on the east and contains 200,000 acres of wilderness. Baxter State Park is located in the Northern Woods region and is different than most parks as it's very rustic. The park doesn't have electricity and only has outhouses, but if you love nature, especially getting away from the hustle and bustle of it all, then this is the park for you to visit. Baxter also contains Mt. Katahdin, which draws many hikers interested in taking on the challenge of climbing Mt. Katahdin. Baxter State Park has many streams, ponds, and lakes, along with over 215 miles of hiking trails. There are ten campgrounds and many backcountry camping sites.

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The Tote Road in Baxter State ParkThe Maine Writer

Camping does require a reservation, which can be made up to four months in advance, and there is a vehicle size limit. Vehicles over nine feet high, seven feet wide, or twenty-two feet long may not enter the park. Pets are also not allowed in the park. Whatever you carry in, you will need to carry out of the park, and that means any trash you generate while at the park, you will need to carry out with you as the park has no trash facilities. When you enter the park by either car or foot, you must register at the staffed gatehouse or the self-registration station before exploring the park. Please note there is a $16 entry fee per car for non-Maine residents to get into the park. The park is open from 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM for those not camping and just spending the day exploring the park.

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Views of Mt. Katahdin in Baxter State ParkThe Maine Writer

If you are interested in camping, you will need to make sure you have supplies to treat the water if you don't bring bottled water. There are no spigots, just the natural water sources inside the park. There are also no showers. This is truly a real wilderness experience, unlike camping at other campgrounds which have wi-fi, showers, and electricity, and Baxter State Park does not have any of those things. You will need to check-in at the gate no later than 8:30 PM on the first night you arrive at camp. Quiet hours in the park are from 9:00 PM to 7:00 AM. You can check out the maps and available dates for camping at baxterstatepark.org and you can make reservations for camping by calling the reservations line seven days a week in the summer from 8:00 AM until 4:00 PM at (207) 723-5140.

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Plenty of hiking trails to explore at Baxter State ParkThe Maine Writer

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