Baxter State Park Campgrounds

Baxter State Park Campgrounds

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64 Balsam Dr, Millinocket, ME 04462-2190
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Corrie P wrote a review Aug 2023
Chicago, Illinois
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Had to camp because Baxter makes it near impossible to snag a day hike permit for Katahdin for out of staters. I had a wonderful time and wish I could have spent more time here. We stayed at Roaring Brook and it was clean and everyone was polite and friendly. I would stay again if I'm in the area.
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Date of stay: August 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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lrgacd wrote a review Aug 2016
Lancaster, PA
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Wonderfully quiet campground in the northern end of the park. Primitive camping only (no electricity/no showers/pit toilets). No pets allowed. Only the lean-to sites have water views of South Branch Pond, the rest of the sites are in the woods. Some sites are very close together and would be suitable for people camping together -- 4 and 5, 6 and 7, 21 and 22 -- but might be uncomfortably cozy if you are seeking solitude. Aside from the walk-in sites, those that appear to offer the most privacy were 3, 8, 16, 20, and 30. Lean-to sites 1 and 2 have little privacy from the campground road. We were worried about mosquitoes and black flies because of the proximity of the pond and brook. There were black flies near the brook in the morning and evening (early July), but we had none at all in the campsites in the woods and there weren't many mosquitoes anywhere in the campground. You will need bug dope for the hiking trails. Canoes and kayaks can be rented for $1/hr or $8/day at the ranger station. Cash payment and on a first come/first served basis, but there seemed to be plenty as the campground was nearly empty (and this a week adjacent to a holiday weekend). You can boat not only South Branch Pond, but also Upper South Branch Pond via a small portage. South Branch Pond campground has 2 walk-in sites, one a lean-to and one a tent site, situated on South Branch Pond. You could either walk in (make sure you have waterproof shoes as you must cross the brook and there is no bridge) or canoe/kayak to them. The same is true for the back-country Upper South Branch lean-to, which could likewise be easily reached by water or trail. There are several hiking trails at this campground including Traveler Loop (rugged), Pogy Notch (goes to Russell Pond), South Branch Mountain, the "Ledges" (short and easy with a good view), and Howe Brook (intermediate to stream with water slide and deep kettles). Howe Brook was our kids' favorite (it's the one on the Baxter Park map that is encircled by Traveler loop. Not recommended for small children). We had it all to ourselves the day we hiked it. The rangers were very helpful and friendly and the facilities were very clean. There is a small picnic area near the ranger station with a pavilion, which the ranger said we could use in case of a rainy day. You are allowed to swim in the pond - watch for leeches. There were lots of chipmunks and wood warblers around the campsite and garter snakes,frogs, ducks and mergansers on the pond, but no loons.

Note that you must make reservations to camp in Baxter. I do not recommend using the on-line camping reservation system as I do not believe it is accurate. It continually showed that ALL campgrounds in the park were completely full the weeks surrounding the 4th of July weekend with no sites available even for just overnight. This did seem possible because of the holiday, but as we really wanted to stay in Baxter at South Branch Pond I called to see if we could be put on a waiting list. I was happily surprised to be able to reserve a site. As it turned out, we were one of only a handful of campsites occupied in this campground with about 30 campsites. Even if you decide to add BSP to your vacation plans at the last minute, it might be possible to get a site.
Call to make reservations: 207-723-5140.
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Date of stay: July 2016
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Sites suitable for people camping together -- 4 and 5, 6 and 7, 21 and 22. Sites with the most...
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CLockTravler wrote a review Oct 2012
Austell, Georgia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
WE arrived a day early at the park. The campground was full but we were lucky and snagged a cabin instead. WE had a beautiful setting on a lake with mountains in the background. When visiting the park plan extra time for the drive in. the road into the park is a dirt road. The drive to our cabin took over 45 minutes from the gate.
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Date of stay: July 2012
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Destiny S wrote a review Jul 2018
1.0 of 5 bubbles
If you have dogs, do not go camping at this campground!! My family went camping here with our 2 dogs and were harassed the entire time because another camper made a false accusation about our dog being off her leash (which she was not.) We were told once to be sure to keep our dogs on the leash, which they were, so we assumed they were talking to everyone with a dog. Then a few hours later, the RANGER “J Mullins” came to give us a written warning. Keep in mind both times we were talked to, the dogs were visually ON A LEASH. The RANGER drove by our campsite for the rest of the night and we felt harassed. We left a night early in fear that we would be given a ticket for something that we did not do. Also, the ranger had ZERO proof that the dog was not on a leash and she was ready to give us a ticket. We felt extremely unwelcome here. If you want to go camping with a dog, DO NOT GO TO BAXTER CAMPGROUND.
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Date of stay: July 2018Trip type: Travelled with family
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StaKeGo wrote a review Jul 2014
Louisa, Virginia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
First time to Baxter after we put it on the list a few years back. It's a bit out there but that helps to keep the crowds away. We lucked out with reservations as we're not from Maine and the reservation process favors Maine residents (it's a mail in system so you're basically part of a lottery). Anyway, we got one of the cabins and it was absolutely perfect for us. We were on a gorgeous little pond with an amazing view of Katahdin. We did notice that the majority of the people who come here are interested in two things: to hike the mountain (which we could not due to weather concerns) and to fish in one of the many ponds (which we could not due to the fact that most if not all is fly fishing only). Yet even though we could not participate, we still took some amazing hikes and were looking to go back on our next vacation but they were all booked up. The park is just incredibly peaceful - the loudest noise we heard all week were the bullfrogs (note: if you're on a pond, these bullfrogs are LOUD!). We plan on putting in our reservations for next year and getting some fly fishing gear in the meantime. We've camped all over and try to give the most honest reviews so, while we loved it, BSP isn't for everyone. There are no "scenic" drives here - you really can't see anything on the park road from your vehicle and the road is long (couple of hours anyway to go South to North one way) with a low speed limit. Also, once you're in, it's a long way out to the nearest anything (which will be a small store and gas station) so you need to bring ALL your supplies with the exception of firewood and there are no showers, etc. so bring enough to wash up every day. This place is all about maintaining the natural setting so "amenities" are few and far between - our only one actually was a little propane powered light in the cabin (which was excellent to have). Also, from what we were told from Rangers and other frequent visitors is that the weather can be a factor - we "lost" the mountain to fog for 2 full days and were told some people spend a week there and never see it. So basically just be prepared - if you're not the active/roughing it type, you may want to avoid. I don't want this review to sound negative to anyone in anyway, the fact is we can't wait to go again.
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Date of stay: June 2014Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Chris M wrote a review Sep 2012
Newington, Connecticut
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Located in the northern section of the park next to Lower South Branch Pond. Well kept, clean camp ground with a mix of lean to's and campsites. Drive in access. No running water. Outhouses only (compared to those found elsewhere on the appalachain trail, these were very clean.) Campsites were a bit close together. Would recommend any of the lean to sites 1 thru 7 located on the shoreline of the pond. Watch out for racoons and bring some cash for firewood $3 a bundle. The lake is gorgeous and the water was warm when we were there over labor day. Canoes available at the site. If you're planning on hiking Katahdin be aware, it's about a 2 hr drive from this site south thru the park to one of the main trail heads. Overall had a really nice experience. Would've like to have had some more time to explore the area.
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Date of stay: September 2012
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5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
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3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: Lean to's 1 thru 7 are on the shoreline of the pond.
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Erin R wrote a review Jan 2017
Los Angeles, California
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
This is hands down the best place to go canoe camping, or any camping for that matter. We had an awesome time. We picked up the canoe and paddled about an hour and a half to our campsite at Broody Brook. There was not a soul around! Just us with a sweet spot right next to the lake. The sunset was gorgeous. When we woke up the next morning, we saw a moose swimming a couple hundred yards away. So cool! Campsite amenities included a fire pit, picnic table, and outhouse. The next morning we paddled out to the various islands in the lake before heading back to the canoe launch site. Wish we stayed longer!
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Date of stay: August 2016
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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GailA733 wrote a review Aug 2016
Lincoln, Massachusetts
5.0 of 5 bubbles
You have to like simplicity to enjoy this place. We do and we did. No running water, electricity or garbage pick up. Just gorgeous views, quiet streams, hiking, kayaking...we booked thinking we would drive down to hike Katahdin one morning but found out it's 1:20 to Katahdin Stream parking and you must arrive by 6:30am to get a spot. Or 2 hours to Roaring Brook parking and ditto on timing. Better to stay in southern campgrounds if you want to do big hike. The Traverse hike up north is supposed to be as challenging as Katahdin. It's up and down steep peaks vs. one big peak. We didn't have time to do it. Highly recommend!!
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Date of stay: August 2016
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Jeannie P wrote a review Jul 2013
Fairborn, Ohio
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had a great time at katahdin stream campground. The place was clean and quiet. If you are a true outdoor person you will love staying here. You have to bring all your water and pack out trash. The latrines were good as far as latrines go. Wood is cheap. We walked to grassy pond and canoed for only one dollar an hour- they supply lifejackets- you have to get the key from a ranger.
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Date of stay: July 2013
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5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Yuki G wrote a review Jul 2012
West Palm Beach, Florida
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Very rustic and simple yet pristine campgrounds. No electricity, running water or trash bins. Outhouses only for bathroom facilities. Limited lean to and bunk facilities otherwise tents. No RVs allowed. Beautiful scenery and running brooks. Don't forget your bug spray. Mainers are intent in keeping the grounds this way and are vigilant about it. Few crowds. Well kept secret compared to national parks. Park rangers helpful and friendly.
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Date of stay: July 2012
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3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Answer from Jeannie P
Fairborn, Ohio69 contributions48 helpful votes
There are no facilities- just out houses.
Mary4368 asked a question Aug 2014
Marlborough, United Kingdom1 contribution1 helpful vote
Hi Are there any pitches suitable for RV/Motorhomes in the Baxter State Park Campgrounds?
Answer from Jeannie P
Fairborn, Ohio69 contributions48 helpful votes
you can not take RV's in to the park- the roads are not suitable.
Mary4368 asked a question Aug 2014
Marlborough, United Kingdom1 contribution1 helpful vote
Hi Are there any pitches in the Baxter State Park Campgrounds for RV's/Motorhomes?
Josh H wrote a tip Oct 2017
Rochester, New York388 contributions123 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Tent site #21 at South Branch was good."
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lrgacd wrote a tip Aug 2016
Lancaster, PA66 contributions113 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Sites suitable for people camping together -- 4 and 5, 6 and 7, 21 and 22. Sites with the most privacy were 3, 8, 16, 20, and 30."
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Richard A wrote a tip Sep 2015
Lawrenceville13 contributions2 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Check # of rooms in cabins."
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Chris M wrote a tip Sep 2012
Newington, Connecticut26 contributions36 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Lean to's 1 thru 7 are on the shoreline of the pond."
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