MORE INFORMATION: Baxter State Park 64 Balsam Drive Millinocket, ME 04462 207-723-5140
HIGHLIGHTS: Baxter State Park was a gift to the State of Maine by former Governor Percival P. Baxter who held office from 1921-1924. The wilderness and forest area now encompasses over 200,000 acres, and there are over 200 miles of trails in the park. This hike to Katahdin Stream Falls begins at the Katahdin Stream Campground in Baxter State Park and follows the Appalachian Trail just over a mile to an overlook which is located just left of the trail. It is a fairly easy climb to the falls, but the incline and trail difficulty increases dramatically in the next few miles if you choose to continue on to Mt. Katahdin. At 5,268 feet, the summit is 5.2 miles from the trailhead at the campground and 4.0 miles from the falls. Katahdin is best known as the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail which is marked by a large brown and white sign and magnificent 360 degree views from the summit.