tujumbo13 wrote:does anyone know if its true that one must arrive by 7am to gain entrance into Baxter State Park to hike Katahdin? I've seen this on a couple websites, just looking to verify ...
John Duffield wrote:Actually, they say to guarantee a parking place, you should arrive around 5 am. Depends on day/ season/ weather etc. This is for the Helon Taylor Trail. I've seen a line of cars waiting for the gates to open. Cooking our breakfast carside. Really small parking lot.
Maine residents who want to plan ahead with a guaranteed parking spot at Katahdin trailheads can do so with a limited number of spots (6 each at Roaring Brook and Katahdin Stream, 4 at Abol) that can be reserved for the day.
Starting April 1 each year, reservations (any spot/any day during the summer) are available to Maine residents (must have a Maine driver’s license and car registration). Residents are limited to one site per month and must be for non-commercial use. Once a site is reserved, the visitor must arrive at the Togue Pond gate by 9:00 am during May-September or 8:30 am during October. Reserved spots that are not claimed by these times each day will be released to the general public for regular day use.
To reserve a spot this summer, please call Park Headquarters after April 1 at 723-5140 and be ready to give the clerk your ME license plate number. Best of all – it’s free!
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