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Baxter State Park,Millinocket,Maine

Large wilderness area permanently preserved.Mount Katahdin is the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail.

Baxter State Park,Millinocket,Maine
FORDF250HDXLT, Apr 14, 2017
      The Penobscot Nation, formerly known as the Penobscot Tribe of Maine, is the federally recognized tribe of Penobscot people in the United States.[3] They are part of the Wabanaki Confederacy, along with the Abenaki, Passamaquoddy, Maliseet, and Mi'kmaq nations, all of whom historically spoke Algonquian languages.

      The word "Penobscot" originates from a mispronunciation of their name for themselves: Penawapskewi. The word means "rocky part" or "descending ledges," and originally referred to their territory on the portion of the Penobscot River between present-day Old Town and Bangor.

      Little is known about the Penobscot people pre-contact. Native peoples are thought to have inhabited Maine and surrounding areas for at least 11,000 years.[4] They had a hunting-gathering society, with the men hunting beaver, otters, moose, bears, caribou, fish, seafood (clams, mussels, fish), birds, and possibly marine mammals such as seals. The women gathered and processed bird eggs, berries, nuts, and roots, all of which were found throughout their native lands.[5]

      The people practiced some agriculture but not to the same extent as that of indigenous peoples in southern New England, where the climate was more temperate.[6] Food was potentially scarce only toward the end of the winter, in February and March. For the rest of the year, the Penobscot and other Wabanaki likely had little difficulty surviving because the land and ocean waters offered much bounty, and the number of people was sustainable.[7] The bands moved seasonally, following the patterns of game and fish.

      Penobscot - Wikipedia

      Baxter State Park is a large wilderness area permanently preserved as a state park, located in Piscataquis County in north-central Maine, United States. It is in the North Maine Woods region, and borders the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument.

      The park is home to the state's highest peak, Mount Katahdin.
      Mount Katahdin consists of a cluster of mountains. The highest peak, Baxter Peak, is named after park donor and former Maine Governor Percival P. Baxter and rises up to 5,267 feet (1,605 m). The mountain is the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail.[2]

      The park was established by 28 donations of land, in trust, from park donor Percival P. Baxter between the years of 1931 and 1962, eventually creating a park of over 200,000 acres (809 km2) in size. Baxter Park is not part of the Maine State Park system. Sole governance is provided by the Baxter State Park Authority, consisting of the Maine Attorney General, the Maine Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and the Director of the Maine Forest Service.

      The park is open to overnight summer camping from May 15 to October 15 and winter camping from December 1 to March 31. Only northbound long distance Appalachian Trail hikers can stay in the park without reservations; they are limited to one night's stay at The Birches camping area, which is limited to the first twelve hikers to sign in at an information kiosk several southbound trail miles away just inside the park's southern boundary.

      In addition to hiking and camping, approximately 25% of the park is open to hunting and trapping (with the exception of moose hunting). Park ponds and streams are open to either fly fishing or general law fishing as determined by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and the Baxter State Park Authority. Snowmobiling is permitted on the Tote Road, the 46-mile (74 km) dirt road connecting the park's south gate at Togue Pond and the north gate at Matagamon. The park also includes a Scientific Forest Management Area of 29,587 acres (120 km2) located in its northwest corner.

      Baxter State Park - Wikipedia

      Baxter wished that the Park

      "“…shall forever be retained and used for state forest, public park and recreational purposes…shall forever be kept and remain in the natural wild state…shall forever be kept and remain as a sanctuary for beasts and birds” , and in its Scientific Forest Management Area, shall “become a show place for those interested in forestry, a place where a continuing timber crop can be cultivated, harvested and sold…an example and an inspiration to others."

      Baxter State Park

      This park has been a place full of childhood memories for me,along with new ones being created through adulthood.
      If you wish to come and explore Maine,I strongly recommend this park after you have visited the coast and had some lobster,for a very well rounded adventure.


      Come on up and explore vacationland! You'll love it here! Bring your hiking shoes,backpacks,bikes,kayaks and tents! Your gunna need 'em if you want to see Maine properly. We'll have the coffee on for ya. Don't mind the screen door,that's just shut to keep the bugs out,not you. No need to knock either, just come on in and make yourself at home.If no one is around,we're probably just out for a walk in the woods,out checking our lobster traps,down to the river casting out a fishing line,or out hunting some deer,bear or moose and we'll be back shortly.:)
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