Baxter State Park
(02/27/17) 2017 Appalachian Trail Long Distance Hiker Permit: A free A.T. long distance hiker permit will be required of all long distance A.T. hikers: Northbound Thru-Hikers (Nobos), Southbound Thru-Hikers (Sobos), Flip-Flop Thru-Hikers and Section-hikers.
Long distance A.T. hikers must obtain a permit card in person at Baxter State Park Headquarters or Katahdin Stream Campground when the A.T. (Hunt Trail) opens for hiking. Once hikers obtain a permit card they will need to have it stamped at the Katahdin Stream Ranger Station.
The number of AT-Hiker Permit Cards for 2017 are limited by a Baxter State Park quota: 3150 A.T. hikers. If all available permit cards have been issued for 2017, "The Birches" long distance hiker campsite will close for the year. Hikers may complete their hike by obtaining a Day Use Parking Reservation (DUPR) or campground reservation and enter the Park through the Togue Pond Gate.
For more information, please visit the Baxter State Park webpage or refer to their recent announcement
Baxter State Park is the location of Katahdin, the mountain whose summit serves as the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail. Katahdin is a mile-high mountain with spectacular views, extremely challenging terrain, and miles of exposed trail above treeline. Because of the difficulty of the climb to the summit, hikers are required to start their ascent by cut-off times that vary depending on the number of daylight hours available.
Hikers staying overnight within the park boundary must camp at designated sites; reservations are necessary for overnight sites for all hikers except those who have arrived on foot walking more than 100 miles. (Southbound thru-hikers should plan on making reservations for at least the night following their climb of Katahdin, and possibly the night before). All overnight hikers must pay a camping fee whether a reservation is obtained in advance or not. For more information about camping in the park and climbing Katahdin, visit www.baxterstateparkauthority.com
and the Baxter State Park Facebook
Water source update
(02/27/17) Water sources associated with the following landmarks have been reported dry
Unknown at this time
Appalachian Trail Visitor Center in Monson, ME
(2/2/17) Everyone is welcome. Long-distance hikers are able to obtain information about the 2017 Baxter State Park hiker permit. Staff are available to help plan logistics for the 100 Mile Wilderness and Katahdin. Trail conditions posted daily. Community and day hike information also available.
Monday-Thursday (TBD), Friday-Saturday (TBD), Sunday (TBD)
Open through (TBD)
located in the Monson Community Center
35 Greenville Road (across from Spring Creek Bar-B-Q)
Baxter State Park—All Katahdin trails closed
(10/25/16) Katahdin is "in full winter conditions" with additional snow accumulations predicted over the next week. Therefore, the Hunt trail/A.T. (and all Katahdin trails) is now closed for the season.
Access to Mt. Abraham - The Rapid Stream road damaged
(unknown date-present) It is being repaired only to the last house which is 3 miles short of the trailhead.
Kennebec Ferry Service
(4/21/16) The Kennebec River is the most formidable unbridged crossing along the entire A.T. Do not attempt to ford the river. Please use the ferry service. The schedule for the ferry is provided here.