Photo Credit: Ken Jordan

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.

Give the gift of Baxter State Park for the holidays[December 4, 2018]

This year, give the gift of Baxter State Park to a friend or loved one! We're having a special holiday sale on our four most popular gift items: maps, calendars, field guides, and gift memberships. It's easy to combine one or more of these items into the perfect gift for the outdoor enthusiast on your list. To ensure that you receive the special sale price, please order through this page, rather than through our regular online store. Place your order now, or learn more...

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Second-annual BSP sign auction[November 20, 2018]

Have you ever wanted to own a piece of Baxter State Park history? Friends is currently holding its second-annual sign auction featuring retired Baxter State Park signs and other special items. This year’s auction includes 18 signs from favorite locations like Russell Pond, the Dudley Trail, Daicey Pond, and Roaring Brook. Most are trail signs, but a few had more specialized uses. One sign welcomed Appalachian Trail thru-hikers, and another served as an entrance sign for Baxter...

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Friends currently accepting photos for the 2020 Baxter State Park Calendar[August 31, 2018]

Friends of Baxter State Park is currently accepting photograph submissions for the 2020 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. For detailed submission guidelines and...

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Annual Meeting on April 7[April 5, 2018]

Please join us this Saturday, April 7 for a great spring tradition - the annual meeting of Friends of Baxter State Park. We'll have lots of hot coffee, good company, interesting speakers, and a delicious lunch at noon. All are welcome. The meeting is at the Viles Arboretum in Augusta, this Saturday, April 7. We'll gather for coffee and goodies at 8:30am, and the meeting starts at 9:00am. We'll have updates from the Park, as well as great photography, special announcements...

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