Baxter State Park reopens to vehicle traffic

By Christopher Burns, Bangor Daily News Staff

Baxter State Park reopened to vehicle traffic on Wednesday, May 14.

While the Togue Pond and Matagamon gatehouses open to vehicles, there will be limited access to some sections of road, according to Baxter State Park.

Staff continue to clear and repair the roads.

Roaring Brook Road sustained “significant damage” during the winter, Baxter State Park said earlier this month.

That has delayed its reopening.

As a result, reservations at Roaring Brook Campground for May 15-23 have been canceled, and there will be no access for vehicles to the campground and to trailheads to Katahdin Lake, Russell Pond and the east side of Katahdin.

“We are working to repair the road as soon as possible, and will provide status updates to Roaring Brook campground reservation holders and to the general public,” park staff said in a social media post.

Roaring Brook Road is one of the two major roads providing access to Baxter State Park’s interior. The other, Park Tote Road, connects the Togue Pond and Matagamon gatehouses, as well as provides access to a majority of the park’s campgrounds and trailheads.

You can check the daily conditions report to see what sections of road remain off limits to vehicles on Baxter State Park’s website.

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