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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


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.


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: New Species Discovery Delays Opening[April 1, 2021]

Baxter Bunion  Millinocket, ME  April 1, 2021 State of Maine officials say Baxter State Park is closed to visitors until further notice as new rumors of magical creatures surface.  The report of fairies in the Park, on the heels of last month's Bigfoot revelation, is allegedly the reason for the indefinite closure of Maine's 200,000-acre wilderness. Continue reading. ...

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New Children’s Book about Percival Baxter[March 16, 2021]

Barbara DeVito Bourgoine, a retired literacy teacher from Readfield, Maine, has a long history of visiting Baxter State Park. Bourgoine has channeled her love for the Park into an amazing children’s book called Percy’s Patience: The Story of Governor Baxter and Baxter State Park. Young Percy Baxter dreamed of a better world and exhibited great perseverance throughout his life. Baxter State Park, his great gift to the people of Maine, is a result of his determination...

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March 3 Proclaimed as Baxter State Park Day[March 3, 2021]

Governor Janet Mills has proclaimed March 3, 2021, as Baxter State Park Day in honor of the 90th anniversary of the park’s creation. In her proclamation, Governor Mills urged "all Maine people to recognize and celebrate the determination, foresight, and generosity of Governor Percival Baxter on this, the 90th anniversary of his original enduring gift to the people of the State of Maine." (read proclamation here) Percival Baxter made his initial gift of 5,960...

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2020 Sign Auction[November 12, 2020]

Friends of Baxter State Park Holds Fourth Annual Sign Auction It's one of the most exciting things we do each year! This year’s auction includes a total of 20 signs including some from favorite camping spots like Daicey Pond and Katahdin Lake. There are also signs from the iconic Dudley, Cathedral, and Abol trails on Katahdin. “The Dudley Trail was named for legendary guide and storyteller Roy Dudley,” said Aaron Megquier, the Executive Director of Friends...

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