Published Jan 27, 2014
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.
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.
Tags: Events, Tourism, Appalachian Trail, Hiking, Appalachian Trail Community, and News
Published Jul 30, 2015. The goals common to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and Baxter State Park are similar but are they compatible? Can their paths merge atop Mt. Katahdin?
Baxter State Park issued three citations to Scott Jurek for actions after setting the record for fastest known time for running the Appalachian Trail.
Published Oct 22, 2014. Winter is coming to Mt. Katahdin in Maine's Baxter State Park. That means the Appalachian Trail will close for 2014. Chief Ranger Woodard tells us when.
Published Mar 29, 2016. Maine's Baxter State Park requires northbound Appalachian Trail thru-hikers to obtain an AT Long Distance Hiker Permit Card.
Published Oct 22, 2015. As of October 16, 2015, Maine's Baxter State Park is open for day-use. Weather permitting, Appalachian Trail hikers can summit Katahdin's Baxter Peak.
It might not be winter where you are but it's winter at Maine's Baxter State Park, home to Mt. Katahdin, where two ill-equipped men went for a foolish hike.
Published Nov 3, 2016. In Baxter State Park, the end of the Appalachian Trail, a foot of snow has fallen. However, trails to Katahdin are not absolutely closed for 2016.
Baxter State Park Naturalist Jean Hoekwater says Mt. Katahdin's ecosystem is especially fragile during "shoulder seasons," such as spring and fall.
Published Oct 30, 2015. The Friends of Baxter State Park is asking for your photos of Katahdin that you'd like to have considered for the 2017 Baxter State Park calendar.
Published Mar 29, 2016. Appalachian Trail Conservancy CEO Ron Tipton graciously responded to news of a permit to be required for some hikers in Baxter State Park.