Photo Credit: Billy Fay

Walks in the Park

There's one thing all members of Friends of Baxter State Park have in common - we love to visit Baxter State Park. Our annual series of Walks in the Park offers a great way to get outside with other Baxter enthusiasts, make new friends, and explore new parts of the Park. Friends offers a range of options each year, from easy day hikes to all-day climbs and overnight camping trips. We are often able to secure great reservations for these trips - think Kidney Pond cabins on prime fall weekends. To sign up for a trip, or if you have questions, please contact Sarah Holland at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

What participants are saying:

I write to tell you how much I appreciate the FBSP-organized Walks in the Park. What a grand way to meet people who care & know about BSP, to spend time in the Park, and to learn more about the Park! Thus far, I’ve participated in weekends at South Branch, Kidney and Daicey Ponds with amiable, caring and generous FBSP members. These have been opportunities I wouldn’t have had by myself and have supplied me with treasured memories and the desire to return often to our beloved BSP. I encourage others to take advantage of these events.
      - Susan, FBSP member

2019 Walks in the Park

Day Hike of Mount Megunticook in Camden Hills: Friday, May 31

We will meet in the Maiden Cliff parking area off of Rt. 52 In Camden at 8:30am for a spring hike. We will hike the Ridge Trail, to Jack Williams Trail, and on up to the top of Megunticook where we will be rewarded by beautiful ocean views  looking east, as well as views of  surrounding hills looking south! This is a 6.5 mile loop. The lady slippers should be blooming and spring birds abundant. Capacity: 8 people. Host: Marion Gray

Telos-Webster Lake Canoe Trip: July 19 – 21

This little-visited, northwest corner of the park is accessible by canoe from Telos Lake via a 1-mile portage trail. Canoe carts recommended. This is flat-water paddling, and the distances are not daunting, even for fit beginners -- both canoes and kayaks are welcome. Participants should bring their own boats, PFD’s, food, and camping gear. This is an out-and-back trip, starting from and returning to Chamberlain Bridge (DeLorme’s Map 56, E-1) on the Telos Road. Capacity: 8 people. Host: Jim Andrews.

Kidney Pond Cabin Weekend: Sept. 27 – 29

We have reserved cabin #6 on beautiful Kidney Pond for two nights in late September. Enjoy a weekend of hiking, paddling, fishing or just relaxing. We can plan a group hike for Friday for those interested. Cost: $45 per person. Capacity: 5 people. Host: Marion Gray

Nesowadnehunk Weekend: August 15 – 18

Nesowadnehunk is the most remote of the Park’s roadside campgrounds and provides easy access to Ledge Falls, a popular swimming spot during hot summer weather. This campground provides trailhead access to Russell Pond via the Wassataquoik Lake Trail and day hikes to Doubletop Mountain. Nesowadnehunk Field Campground was re-structured in 2005-2008. All leantos were moved to the former group area field and the bridge over Newowadnehunk Stream is open to foot traffic only and is used to access several walk-in tent sites. Cost: $36 per person. Capacity: 8 people. Host: Sherry Langway.

Walks in the Park can take you to some of the most spectacular locations in Baxter State Park in the company of other Friends members. Photo by Bill Bentley