Baxter State Park

This is some serious wilderness country and anyone entertaining the idea of hiking the Appalachian Trail section through Baxter State Park needs to be at the top of their game. The park itself incorporates over 200,000 acres of mountain peaks and thick forest as well as numerous lakes, rivers and streams which eventually flow into some impressive waterfalls. Don't expect to find much in the way of things to do other than hiking and photography but if you're looking to get away from it all and explore one of the hardest stretches of the Appalachian Trail then Baxter is certainly one of the best places to do just that.

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Highlights & Activities
  • Appalachian Trail Walk

    The Appalachian Trail - following The Long Trail Hiking in New England is one of the finest ways to make the most of the great outdoors and certain tracks, such as the Long Trail (the oldest of its kind in America) are often only talked about within the most serious of circles. The Long Trail leads through Vermont and shares 100 miles of Appalachian Trail as it crosses the Green Mountains and presents some incredible views as well as the chance to put a feather in your favourite hiking hat.

  • View from Mount Katahdin

    Mount Katadhin/Baxter Peak As the highest peak in Maine (at over 5000 feet), Mount Katadhin has long been attracting hikers and climbers with the fittingly named Knife Edge Trail providing access to the summit via the thinnest of paths (just 3 feet in places). Knife Edge is certainly not to be taken lightly however, the thrill of crossing the ridge from Pamola to Baxter Peak is certainly not to be missed and if you're not too bad with heights then fortune will most certainly favour the brave.

  • Waterfall in Baxter State Park

    Katahdin Stream Falls As mentioned, Baxter State Park has numerous water features within its perimeters with streams and rivers often criss-crossing trails and demanding hikers hold their packs above their heads as they continue to follow the white flashes of the Appalachian Trail . Waterfalls are also pretty prevalent within the park and one such: the Katahdin Stream Falls, is certainly worth taking note of with the views from the steep Hunt Trail well-worth the trek.

When to go
Temperature chart - Baxter State Park

If you intend to hike the Appalachian Trail within Baxter State Park during the summer then you can expect a few crowds especially around the parking areas and designated picnic spots. Of course, heading deep into the heart of areas like the Hundred Mile Wilderness will take you far, far away from anything resembling civilisation and pre-planning is always advisable. Although many hiking trails in Baxter involve shaded forest settings it's still worth wearing a hat, applying cream and taking plenty of water to avoid dehydration and the effects of too much sun. One of the best times of year to avoid the heat is the springtime and although it can get a little nippy after dark, once you're all snuggled up and cosy, you'll barely notice. Of course, the autumn is an incredibly impressive time of year to visit Baxter with the changes in foliage presenting an explosion of colour that always prove popular despite the quickly dropping temperatures. Winters are cold and certainly not to be taken lightly although you will basically get the park trails to yourself as well as some scintillating snow covered scenery.

Insider Tip: Baxter in the Fall
Mount Katahdin, Baxter

If you're hoping to catch some colourful canopies whilst visiting New England in mid to late September then you'll be pleased to learn that the higher elevations of Baxter State Park are pretty much the place to be around this time of year. Seeing the reds, yellows and brilliant orange colours of the autumn from the summit of Katahdin presents an exquisite blanket that's been thrown over the park and from nature photographers to outdoor painters, Baxter in the fall will send you into rapture.

Tours that visit Baxter State Park


    13 days | USA / Canada | Hotels

    Jul-Sep from


    Rugged, unspoilt and off the tourist trail, Nova Scotia, Northern New England and Canada's Maritime Provinces reveal their unique charm, rich history and hidden secrets to the more intrepid traveller.

    Highlights: Acadia National Park | Prince Edward Island

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    10 days | USA East | Hotels

    Jun-Oct from


    Explore the mountain ranges of New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine and Massachusetts on this walking adventure through Northeastern USA. With perfect fall foliage and idyllic trails, this lodging itinerary is a nature lover and photographers paradise!


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    11 days | USA East | Camping

    Aug-Oct from


    Perfect fall foliage and idyllic trails await you on this walking tour of North East USA. Explore the Appalachian Trail's valleys, peaks and thick forests with guided daily hikes, and then swap stories around the campfire on this invigorating walking holiday!

    Highlights: Berkshire Mtns | Mt Washington | Baxter

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