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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.

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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2022 BSP Calendar Submissions Open[October 6, 2020]

Friends of Baxter State Park is currently accepting photograph submissions for the 2022 Baxter State Park calendar. This is a great way to support Baxter State Park with your photography and have your images professionally published! We are looking for landscapes, people, wildlife, plants, park features, and more. The deadline for submitting photos is October 31. It's quick and easy to submit your photos via Dropbox or through the mail. Download detailed submission guidelines...

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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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