Baxter State Park

You’ve likely heard of New Hampshire’s 4000-footers, those  peaks in the White Mountains with summits cresting 4,000 feet in elevation. Thousands of hikers flock to them each year in search of a challenge. For some, the goal is to complete all 48. For others, it might be a single mountaintop. But where to start if…

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Nestled in the shadows east of Baxter State Park, Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument has remained relatively wild since its designation by President Obama in 2016. Sparse infrastructure throughout the monument’s 87,500 acres, much of which once served the area’s logging industry, offers minimal support for outdoor recreation. In order to make the monument…

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Blazing temperatures and no school make weekend trips to cold water absolutely necessary. For a break from the crowded neighborhood pool, pack up the family and head to these eight fast-flowing freshwater destinations for the thrill of a whitewater rafting adventure—all in rented gear and under the supervision of an expert guide. Whether you’re a…

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The very first Maine Mountain Guide, a svelte sky-blue volume, appeared in 1961 as a spinoff of AMC’s longstanding Katahdin Guide, itself an offshoot of the original White Mountain Guide. At a scant 190 pages, the book was hardly the definitive compendium we rely on today. Nonetheless, each of the Maine Mountain Guide hikes below…

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Established in 2016, Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument is one of the least developed units in the national park system. Located adjacent to the eastern edge of Baxter State Park in Maine, the 87,500-acre monument offers few amenities, a single unpaved loop road in its southern portion, and the chance to explore some of…

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When I joined the outdoor photographer Jerry Monkman and one of his neighbors for a two-day backcountry ski into Katahdin Woods and Waters (KWW) National Monument in February 2017, I didn’t know what to expect. President Obama had created the monument just months earlier, on August 24, 2016, and the National Park Service hadn’t yet…

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The natural scenery of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic reveals a dramatic geological history, shaped over centuries by glaciers and volcanoes. For the observant hiker, clues as small as a pebble or as large as a mountainside can teach us about the landscape and its formation. Look for those telltale signs—and enjoy the hiking—in these eight…

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What’s one thing an outdoor enthusiast likes even better than conservation land? New conservation land, when—by donation or purchase—more turf gets protected for the health of the environment and the enjoyment of future generations. A number of key habitats, from remote forests in Maine to an island in the Chesapeake Bay, were preserved by governments…

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Getting to Katahdin is as much of an adventure as being there. Just ask the countless Appalachian Trail thru-hikers who have ended their 2,185-mile journey on the 5,268-foot summit that doubles as the AT’s northern terminus and Maine’s highest peak. For our little crew of four skiers, reaching Katahdin meant delaying our trip twice due…

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UPDATE: On August 24, after this story went to press, President Barack Obama designated 87,500 acres as the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. Elliotsville Plantation, Inc., donated the land to the federal government along with a $20 million endowment to assist with operational needs and infrastructure development, and a commitment to raise an additional $20…

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