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.

Third Annual Sign Auction[November 2, 2019]

Have you ever wanted to own a piece of Baxter State Park history? Friends is currently holding its third-annual sign auction featuring retired Baxter State Park signs. This year’s auction includes 20 signs from favorite hikes like South Turner, Mount OJI, the Marston Trail, and Little Abol Falls. Several iconic fishing spots are represented, including Russell Pond and Slaughter Pond.  “We know many people feel a really strong connection to the Park and would love...

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Hiking Guide for Katahdin Region is Perfect for Young Adventurers[October 31, 2019]

"Ten Days in the North Woods: A Kid's Hiking Guide to the Katahdin Region," by Hope Rowan, is available in the Friend's store. It recently got very hig marks from outdoor writer, Aislinn Sarnacki of the Bangor Daily News. The story is told through the eyes of a 13-year-old girl named Hattie. It's a wonderful blend of fiction and real information about hiking and camping in this remarkable wilderness area, with room for the young hiker to...

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2019 Baxter Youth Conservation Corps[September 21, 2019]

In 2019, the Baxter Youth Conservation Corps expanded by an additional 50%, to six weeks in total.  We are so proud of the hardworking teens who were part of the 2019 Baxter Youth Conservation Corps! This was our third year of offering this summer employment and service learning program to high school students from the Katahdin Region. Our 20 youth participants earn $14/hour and up while working full-time on trail crews led by experienced adult leaders. In addition to trail...

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Friends currently accepting photos for the 2021 Baxter State Park Calendar[September 19, 2019]

Friends of Baxter State Park is currently accepting photograph submissions for the 2021 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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