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Best Maine State Parks to Visit in the Winter


Best Maine State Parks to Visit in the Winter

Aroostook State Park - courtesy of Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands

The Top Choices Include the State's Highest Mountain, the State's First Park, and One of the State's Largest Parks.

Baxter State Park

This 202,064-acre wilderness park was a gift to the State of Maine by former Governor Percival P. Baxter. It includes Mount Katahdin, the highest mountain in Maine and the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail. The park features 46 mountain peaks and ridges, 18 of which exceed an elevation of 3,000 feet, the highest being Baxter Peak at 5,267 feet. The park is intersected by about 175 miles of trails.

The winter season in Baxter State Park runs from December 1 - April 1. Reservations for overnight use of park facilities may be obtained from the Reservation Clerk at Park Headquarters, through the mail or in person, from November 1st to March 15th. Winter activities at the park include cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the Togue Pond and Matagamon area, alpine skiing, snowmobiling, and ice or snow climbing. Park also offers opportunities for winter camping, providing lean-to's, tent sites, bunkhouses, and cabins.

Mount Blue State Park

Located near Weld in western Maine, the 5,021 facility is one of Maine's largest state parks. In winter, even though the lakeside campground closes, the park stays busy. It includes 15 miles of cross-country ski trails, a major snowmobile trail, and an ice rink. Winter campers are also welcome.

Aroostook State Park

Maine's first and northernmost state park is located five miles south of Presque Isle. Featuring Quaggy Jo Mountain and Echo Lake, the 670-acre facility provides opportunities for year-round recreational activities. Cross-country skiers can enjoy 15 miles of groomed trails with a set track, some on private lands adjacent to the state park. The lodge at the park headquarters is open to the public on weekends during the skiing season. Maine's interconnected Trail System for snowmobilers also passes through the park.

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