If you and your family are looking for an authentic Maine vacation destination this year, why not visit a Maine wilderness park? One of the best parks in Maine for some serious family fun is Baxter State Park. Every year thousands of visitors flock to this wilderness getaway and many bring the entire family. Baxter State Park is located in Piscataquis County in northern Maine, which is one of the most beautiful regions of the state.
Home to Mount Katahdin, which is actually a cluster of mountains, Baxter State Park’s highest peak is a breathtaking 5,267 feet above sea level. One of the best places for family hiking in the entire New England region, this park has many hiking trails for some real family fun. Visitors can enjoy hiking on over 200 miles of trails that crisscross the park. Remember when hiking in the park to adhere to the leave-no-trace policy and bring any trash with you when you leave. Also, remember to check trail conditions–especially in the winter–before setting out on your hike.
Baxter State Park is the northern terminus of the famous Appalachians and this brings thousands of experienced hikers to the park in both the winter and summer months. But you don’t have to be an experienced hiker to enjoy this park because lots of family friendly trails are available. Information at the park office can point you in the right direction when it comes to choosing a trail for your family to explore. Remember to bring your cameras when visiting the park! With tons of picturesque views and lots of wildlife including black bear, moose, and whitetail deer, you are sure to get some memorable photos for your family album.
The park also has a wide range of other activities that your family can enjoy. Many park visitors love to take a canoe ride on one of the many lakes in the park. Fishing inside the park is a great way to catch your family a meal while camping here. During the winter months, some come to the park to enjoy snowmobiling down the primary access road.
There are tons of camping options inside of Baxter State Park. The park has cabins, campgrounds and even a lodge house on site, so there are plenty of places for your family to stay while visiting the area. For those of you that have an adventurous family, why not choose one of the remote campsites for a real Maine wilderness vacation? Remember when you bring your family to leave those electronic gadgets at home! For a real authentic family trip that will bring your family closer together, why not take a trip to Baxter State Park this summer?