Baxter State Park Testing Extended Camping Season

Published Jan 27, 2014

Baxter State Park Crew Members at the 2013 Trail's End Festival in Millinocket, Maine ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Baxter State Park Crew Members at the 2013 Trail's End Festival in Millinocket, Maine ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Baxter State Park (BSP) is home to magnificent trails and camping in the shadow of Maine's Mount Katahdin, the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail.

According to a blog post by Baxter State Park Director Jensen Bissell, BSP is going to give an extended camping season a shot for two years. This is only a test.

Selected BSP sites at Daicey Pond, Katahdin Stream and Abol Campground will remain open through the last Saturday in October for 2014 and 2015.

These specific sites will be open until October 25, 2014 and October 24, 2015:
  • Katahdin Stream: sites 20, 9-12, 16 and 17 and the Birches
  • Abol Campground: sites 24, 18, and 9
  • Daicey Pond: cabins 4, 5, 7 and 10

This trial period will allow Baxter State Park an opportunity to determine the pros and cons of keeping campsites open in late October.

Few places on Earth are as beautiful as Maine in the fall, but Ranger Bissell also says:

October can provide some of the nicest hiking weather of the year, but can also provide sudden and deadly weather, particularly above treeline on Katahdin or the Traveler Loop. The Park's only staff fatality resulted when Ranger Ralph Heath perished in a sudden and severe snowstorm on October 29, 1963 while attempting to rescue a stranded hiker on the Knife Edge.

Add a visit to Mount Katahdin and Baxter State Park to your bucket list.

Click Here for Jensen Bissell's Baxter State Park Blog

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Joanna on Jan 22, 2014
does this mean we get an extra week to complete a thru-hike?
Robert Sutherland on Jan 27, 2014

Sorry for the delay in responding to you, Joanna.

You may contact Baxter State Park by clicking this link:

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I think I know the answer, but you need dependable information. They'll be able to help you.

You might want to pop an adult yak in your backpack to summit Katahdin. It's a monster.

You can do it. Not a problem.

Robert Sutherland