Online Membership!

You can now join or renew your Membership Online!


2017 BSP Calendar Call for Photos!

2016 BSP Calendars
are here!

© Donna Lawson

Spring Edition of Forever Wild

Spring Edition of Forever Wild is available!

Plants of Baxter State Park Project
Linl toPlants of Baxter State Park Project

Trip Report

"In 1961, our family group of 13 went into Russell Pond – 5 adults and 8 children. Our gear came mostly from the Army-Navy Surplus Store. Our clothes were cotton and wool. Our food included hamburg, onions, and some things in cans. We staggered..."

-John Mirick, Princeton, MA  

Read more Trip Reports or learn how to share your experiences in Baxter State Park.


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…said premises shall forever be used for public park and recreational purposes, shall forever be left in the natural wild state, shall forever be kept as a sanctuary for wild beasts and birds…

~ Governor Percival P. Baxter, Deed of Trust, March 3, 1931

Friends of Baxter State Park is an independent citizen group with a mission to preserve, support, and enhance the wilderness character of Baxter State Park in the spirit of its founder, Governor Percival Baxter.

Our Goals:

Preserve, restore and enhance Baxter State Park’s wilderness values and recreational resources through advocacy, education, volunteerism, funding, and partnerships.

Engage an active corps of outdoor advocates, conservationists, recreationists, and volunteers, including the next generation, in using, appreciating, and stewarding the Park “in the right unspoiled way.”

Strengthen the organization by effectively engaging and expanding board, staff, and volunteer resources so Friends of Baxter State Park has greater capacity and leadership to carry out its work.

Chimney pond
Winter snows transform the Chimney pond
landscape as seen here at the Ranger cabin
with Hamlin Ridge in the background.
Photo © Bill Bentley

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