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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.

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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Friends of Baxter State Park President Responds to Deceptive Ad Featuring Park Image[March 3, 2020]

Friends of Baxter State Park: Cherished park not part of power line debate. Ellen Baum, President of Friends of Baxter State Park, responds to the deceptive use of Baxter State Park imagery in an ad for Hydro-Quebec’s transmission line.  Published 03/03/2020 in Portland Press Herald BOWDOINHAM — Last Friday, I opened my morning paper to find a two-page color advertisement (Pages A4 and A5) from Hydro-Quebec in support of the Central Maine Power transmission...

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