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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.

Get Ready for the Warm Winter Weekend![December 28, 2019]

Our annual Warm Winter Weekend is one of our most popular trips for members. Please join us from March 19 – 22, 2020, at New England Outdoor Center. Outdoor winter activities abound at NEOC, including snowshoeing, cross country skiing for classic and skaters, snowmobiling, and ice fishing. Day trips to Baxter State Park, Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, Penobscot River Trails, and the Debsconeag Lakes Wilderness Area have taken place in the past. We all enjoy...

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Katahdin in the News on MPBN[December 28, 2019]

Listen to MPBN as they present a panel of experts discussing Katahdin’s historic role and cultural and economic importance, featuring Barry Dana, teacher, artist, former chief of Penobscot Nation, David Little, landscape artist, author, "Art of Katahdin: The Mountain, The Range, The Region," Jym St. Pierre, board secretary, Friends of Baxter State Park; Maine director, RESTORE: The North Woods; editor, Maine Environmental News and Howard Whitcomb,...

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Third Annual Sign Auction a Success[November 2, 2019]

Have you ever wanted to own a piece of Baxter State Park history? Friends' annual sign auction, featuring retired Baxter State Park signs, is the perfect way to express your love for Baxter State Park and your favorite trail or location. This year’s auction raised almost ten thousand dollars and included 20 signs from favorite hikes like South Turner, Mount OJI, the Marston Trail, and Little Abol Falls. Several iconic fishing spots were represented, including Russell...

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Hiking Guide for Katahdin Region is Perfect for Young Adventurers[October 31, 2019]

"Ten Days in the North Woods: A Kid's Hiking Guide to the Katahdin Region," by Hope Rowan, is available in the Friend's store. It recently got very hig marks from outdoor writer, Aislinn Sarnacki of the Bangor Daily News. The story is told through the eyes of a 13-year-old girl named Hattie. It's a wonderful blend of fiction and real information about hiking and camping in this remarkable wilderness area, with room for the young hiker to...

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