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Welcome to Maine

You can begin or end your hike at hundreds of places between the Appalachian Trail's northern and southern ends. Here's what to expect in Maine. 

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​RATING: 2-10
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Maine is the A.T.'s most challenging, rugged and remote state, and it has the wildest feel of any area of the Trail.
Maine features some exciting features that are rare elsewhere on the A.T., including wildlife like moose and loons and pristine lakes. It's also famous for hosting the hardest mile of the Trail: Mahoosuc Notch. 

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Maine is famous for its unbridged stream crossings, which can be hazardous after spring snowmelt and heavy rains.
The Kennebec River, the wildest unbridged crossing, has a free ferry service in the form of a canoe during hiking season. This is the A.T.'s official and historic route; fording the river is extremely dangerous because the water level can rise rapidly and without warning.

A.T. Visitor Center in Monson
Everyone is welcome. Staff are available to help plan logistics for the 100 Mile Wilderness and Katahdin. Trail conditions are posted daily. Community and day hike information is also available. Long-distance hikers are able to pre-register for the Baxter State Park permit here.

Monday-Thursday 12-7pm, Friday-Saturday 12-8, Sunday 11-7
Open through October 16
Address: located in the Monson Community Center, 35 Greenville Road (across from Spring Creek Bar-B-Q)

A.T. Long Distance Hiker Permit--Baxter State Park
A free A.T. long distance hiker permit is required of all northbound long distance A.T. hikers entering Baxter State Park. Southbound A.T. hikers are not required to have a permit, but must follow existing regulations. Permits can be obtained at Baxter State Park Headquarters and Katahdin Stream Campground. Pre-registration for A.T. long distance hiker permits can be obtained at the A.T. Visitor Center in Monson, ME. For more information, please visit the Baxter State Park webpage.

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Because of its unique mission to protect natural resources and keep its lands in a wild state, Baxter State Park has some regulations that differ from elsewhere on the A.T. in Maine. So when you're there, be sure to hike in groups of 12 or less, remembering that the solitude of the A.T. is one of the more special elements for others; to celebrate quietly in BSP and on Katahdin; and to save alcohol for later, as the consumption of alcohol in a public place in the State of Maine is prohibited, including anywhere in BSP. 

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