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The northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail is this mountain (5268 feet, 1606 meters) in northern Maine's Baxter State Park next to America's newest national monument.

 

 

Given the name "Greatest Mountain" (Katahdin) by the Penobscot Indians, this is the highest mountain in the State of Maine, 100 miles (161 km) north of Bangor ME and 24 miles (39 kilometers) northwest of Millinocket ME (map).

Not quite as high as Mount Washington (6288 feet/1917 meters) in neighboring New Hampshire, Katahdin has still inspired many outdoors enthusiasts and artists.

Henry David Thoreau climbed it during his expedition to Maine in the 1840s, and wrote about the mountain in The Maine Woods.

Katahdin Woods & Waters

On August 24, 2016, President Obama designated 87,500 acres (35,410 hectares, or 137 square miles) of Maine wilderness as the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, a step on the way to its becoming a national park. If it achieves that goal, it will be New England's second national nature park, the only other one being Acadia National Park, also in Maine.

The land, donated to the nation by Roxanne Quimby, co-founder of Burt's Bees, borders the east branch of the Penobscot River near Millinocket (map). It will be some time before the new park is ready for visitors.

Appalachian Trail

Mount Katahdin is the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail. If you start at Katahdin and hike to the southern end of the trail at Springer Mountain in Georgia, you will have hiked at least 2158 miles (3481 km). More...

Baxter State Park

Mount Katahdin is the centerpiece of Main's Baxter State Park (map), more than 200,000 acres (81,000 hectares) of protected forests and wilderness, and wilderness is the spirit of the park.

Camping

The 10 campgrounds within the park are simple: unpaved roads, no electricity, no running water, pit toilets, no trash disposal (carry-in, carry-out).

Private campgrounds outside the park near the entrance may have more conveniences, but Baxter is maintained for those who enjoy the wilderness and prefer to keep it wild.

Baxter State Park
64 Balsam Drive
Millinocket ME 04462
Tel: 207-723-5140

—by Tom Brosnahan


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Mount Katahdin, Baxter State Park, Maine

Mount Katahdin in Baxter State Park, Maine

 

 

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