Baxter State Park is one of the most beautiful and unknown parks in the U.S. — at least according to Country Magazine.
In the magazine's June-July "Hidden Gems" cover story, Baxter is one of ten national and state parks the magazine identified as being beautiful, yet off the beaten path.
Virginia-based husband and wife writer and photography team Pat and Chuck Blackley recommended Baxter and wrote the article for the series.
"Well, the hidden gem part of it is because it's so little known throughout the rest of the country — at least we feel it is," Chuck says. "And it's sort of off the beaten path."
Baxter State Park includes over 200,000 acres of wilderness and forest and is located about 25 miles from Millinocket.
The iconic Mount Katahdin, Maine's highest peak, and the northern end of the Appalachian Trail are found within Baxter State Park.