South Branch Pond // Traveler's Loop Hike

Baxter State Park - a park "for those who love nature, and are willing to walk and make an effort to get close to nature."



"Unlike some parks which are designed to display the area via auto access, with groomed viewpoints along the road and convenient travel by automobile, the features and diversity of Baxter State Park are best seen on foot."



"Glacial features are abundantly evident throughout the Park in the form of kettle ponds...the Knife Edge arête, the glacial cirques of Katahdin and the splendid U-shaped valley running north to south from the Travelers to South Turner."



"The mountains combine with a wide array of ponds, lakes, streams, waterfalls and bogs to create a varied and beautiful landscape."



"[Baxter State Park] shall forever be retained and used for state forest, public park and recreational purposes…shall forever be kept and remain in the natural wild state…shall forever be kept and remain as a sanctuary for beasts and birds."



"Baxter formally donated the parcel to the State of Maine with the condition that it be kept forever wild."



All quotes by Baxter State Park:
https://baxterstatepark.org/shortcodes/history/