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About Friends

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. Learn more about our mission.

Baxter State Park

Baxter State Park is a 209,644-acre public wilderness area in northern Maine. Former Governor Percival Baxter gave the Park to the people of Maine with the mandate that it remain forever wild. Explore his park and his vision.

Volunteer

Volunteering is a great way to directly participate in the stewardship of the Park. From splitting wood to painting and maintaining trails, there’s something for everyone. Learn more about volunteer opportunities.

Donate

By contributing to Friends of Baxter State Park, you can help ensure that the Park forever remains the spectacular wilderness area that it is today. Learn more about donation options, or become a member today.

Baxter State Park COVID-19 Update for July Opening[July 3, 2020]

Baxter State Park is open for day use and camping to residents of Maine and non-residents who have met the quarantine and testing requirements according to the state’s Keep Maine Healthy plan. Please refer to the Keep Maine Healthy Plan for an up-to-date list of states whose residents are exempt from meeting quarantine and testing requirements.  If your reservation is affected by these requirements, please contact Baxter State Park Reservations directly at 207-723-5140,...

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COVID-19 Update: BSP to expand recreational access on June 15[June 2, 2020]

We wanted to share the latest news about changes to Baxter State Park's summer season in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Baxter State Park Authority met on Friday, May 29, and considered detailed plans from Park staff for reopening the Park safely. On Tuesday, June 2, the Park released a statement outlining those plans. Here are some key updates: Open Now: Trails closed due to the 45-acre Abol fire on May 21 reopened for public access on June 1. This includes the Appalachian...

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BSP Delays Season Due to COVID-19 Pandemic[April 15, 2020]

  After careful consideration, Baxter State Park has announced some changes to its 2020 season in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Park will remain open for walk-in day use below treeline, but will be closed to camping, vehicular access, and travel above treeline until further notice. The Park has established a target opening date of July 1. All camping and day use parking reservations affected by this change will be cancelled, and BSP staff will contact all those impacted...

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2020 Annual Meeting is Canceled[March 17, 2020]

As our communities strive to flatten the curve and mitigate the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control is recommending no gatherings of more than 50 people, nationwide, for the next eight weeks. Governor Mills has issued similar guidance for Maine, with a recommendation to cancel all gatherings of more than 50 people, or more than 10 people if seniors are in attendance. We have decided to cancel the 2020 Annual Meeting of Friends of Baxter State...

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