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Welcome to Maine

You can begin or end your hike at hundreds of places between the Appalachian Trail's northern and southern ends. Here's what to expect in Maine. 

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​RATING: 2-10
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Maine is the A.T.'s most challenging, rugged and remote state, and it has the wildest feel of any area of the Trail.
Maine offers some exciting features that are uncommon elsewhere on the A.T., including wildlife like moose and loons and pristine lakes. It's also famous for hosting the hardest mile of the Trail: Mahoosuc Notch. 


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Maine is famous for its unbridged stream crossings, which can be hazardous after spring snowmelt and heavy rains.
The Kennebec River, the wildest unbridged crossing, has a free ferry service in the form of a canoe during hiking season. This is the A.T.'s official and historic route; fording the river is extremely dangerous because the water level can rise rapidly and without warning.

The Kennebec Ferry will operate May 22-October 12 in 2020.
The hours of operation are as follows:
May 22-June 30 from 9am-11am
July 1- September 30 from 9am-2pm
October 1- October 12 from 9am-11am

A.T. Visitor Center in Monson
Everyone is welcome. Long-distance hikers are able to obtain information about the 2018 Baxter State Park hiker permit. Staff are available to help plan logistics for the 100 Mile Wilderness and Katahdin. Trail conditions posted daily. Community and day hike information also available.

Hours: 8-11, 1-5 every day (June 6 to Oct 14)
Address:6 Tenney Hill Rd., Monson, ME 04464
Phone: (207) 573-0163 (active as of June 6)

Note to those visiting: The center located in the Monson Historical Society building on the town’s main street (Route 6/15).

A.T. Long Distance Hiker Permit—Baxter State Park
A free A.T. long distance hiker permit is required of all long-distance A.T. hikers: Northbound Thru-Hikers (Nobos), Southbound Thru-Hikers (Sobos), Flip-Flop Thru-Hikers and Section-hikers.

Long distance A.T. hikers must obtain a permit card in person at at the Katahdin Stream Ranger Station when the A.T. (Hunt Trail) opens for hiking.

The number of AT-Hiker Permit Cards for 2018 are limited by a Baxter State Park quota: 3150 A.T. hikers. If all available permit cards have been issued for 2018, "The Birches" long distance hiker campsite will close for the year. Hikers may complete their hike by obtaining a Day Use Parking Reservation (DUPR) or campground reservation and enter the Park through the Togue Pond Gate.

For more information, please visit the Baxter State Park webpage or refer to their recent announcement

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Because of its unique mission to protect natural resources and keep its lands in a wild state, Baxter State Park has some regulations that differ from elsewhere on the A.T. in Maine. So when you're there, be sure to hike in groups of 12 or less, remembering that the solitude of the A.T. is one of the more special elements for others; to celebrate quietly in BSP and on Katahdin; and to save alcohol for later, as the consumption of alcohol in a public place in the State of Maine is prohibited, including anywhere in BSP. 

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