Parking on the ME Appalachian Trail

Section 1 - Mt. Katahdin to Southern Nahmakanta Lake Displayed from North to South

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5.2
Katahdin Stream Campgound
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From the Togue Pond Gate (south entrance) to Baxter State Park drive west/northwest 8 miles on the Baxter State Park Tote (Nesowadnehunk) Road to the Katahdin Stream Campground entrance. Then go .1 mile up the driveway on your right. Allow 30 minutes for the 8 mile drive from the Togue Pond Gate as this is dirt road. Baxter State Park Authority restricts the number of vehicles that can park at the trailheads. At the gate you must declare your intentions. If you are climbing Mt. Katahdin, make sure you are at the gate by 5 AM on weekend mornings (6 AM-weekdays) if not earlier. Restrictions are much looser if you already have reservations in the park, but that requires significant advanced planning and reservations to be made many months in advance. Do not just show up expecting to get a campsite in the park. 30
Parking is restricted by Park Authorities.

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5.9
Tracy Pond
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7.6
Daicey Pond
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From the Togue Pond Gate (south entrance) to Baxter State Park drive west/northwest 10 miles on the Baxter State Park Tote (Nesowadnehunk) Road to Daicey Pond Road. Then go 2 miles on this road to your left. Allow 45 minutes for the 12 mile drive from the Togue Pond Gate as this is dirt road. I never parked here but it is a good access point for dayhiking southbound on the AT along the Nesowadnehunk Stream past the Big & Little Niagara Falls. Also, this location is for a group of park rental cabins. Reservations for these cabins must be made well in advance. The famous view of Katahdin across Daicey Pond is also located here along with canoe rentals. 3/9/06 I am really not sure of the number. Note that the Baxter Park Authority restricts. At Togue Gate indicate your destination of Daicey Pond & hiking AT southbound.
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15.1
Abol Bridge
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From Millinocket, follow signs toward Baxter State Park. Eight miles from Millinocket, you will see Big Moose Inn on the right. Make a left for 50 yards and then a right. Now you are at the causeway of Millinocket Lake on Golden Road. Continue 11 more miles to Abol Bridge. Allow 30 minutes for the 19 mile trip (all paved road). Before the bridge is the Abol Bridge Campground Store. I have asked for permission within the store and parked here (9/02). Official parking according to ME AT Map and Guide is just after crossing the bridge on the left side of the road. Northbound: From here you enter Baxter State Park. A great 15 mile circular hike with only the first and last mile retracing steps, no park entry fee or restrictions, no car shuttle, easy terrain (1250 total elevation gain), takes you past Katahdin Stream Campground (MM 5.2) is to use the Blueberry Ledge Trail at MM 14.2 to complete the loop. It starts on the AT and comes out .4 mile east of Katahdin Stream Campground at The Birches Campsite on the Baxter Park Road. Return southbound with AT.

Southbound: Start of entry into Hundred Mile Wilderness. Backpacking required. 3/10/06
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Unlimited parking on both sides of the Abol Bridge over the West Branch of the Penobscot River. Two campgrounds and a store are located here. The trail goes along the road here for .5 mile.

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The road to Abol Bridge is NOT all paved. 08/23/15 1
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32.5
Pollywog Stream Bridge - logging road
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From Millinocket, travel south on ME 11 - 17 miles. Here you make a right turn onto JoMary Road and come to the JoMary Gate. From here on it is all private gravel logging roads (logging trucks have right of way and barrel down the road - use caution to avoid getting hit by logging trucks and moose) and a fee (per person) is charged to use them. In 6 miles you come to a fork with Johnston Pond Road (.4 mile after Jo Mary Lake Campground entrance on the right), take right fork continuing north on Jo-Mary Road about 10 miles to the Henderson Checkpoint (do not know if there is another fee to continue beyond here). Continue past the checkpoint about 6 miles to the three way intersection. At this junction continue straight about 7 miles to the bridge across Pollywog Stream. The AT also crosses the bridge. Park on the left past the bridge.

I have not traversed this road beyond Henderson Checkpoint and these directions beyond that point were provided by Glenn Benkert, gbenkert @ fuse.net on notes he provided me with 11/07/02. The total distance from Millinocket is 46 miles and you should allow 1:30.
Northbound: It is 17.3 miles of relatively easy terrain that the AT traverses and could be done in a long day from here to Abol Bridge. However the car ride for a shuttle is prohibitive. Note that from this access point you can go .7 miles to the right (northbound) to Nahmakanta Lake Camps. AT hikers can use their facilities for multi-night stays only from Memorial Day thru Labor Day. Beyond Labor Day and until hunting season (end of Oct.)they will accommodate hikers on a one-night basis. This accommodation info I learned from Don Gibbs back in Summer 2003. When I do hike this section (Abol Bridge south to the last JoMary Road crossing (MM 14.9 in section 2) ) in the future, I will try and use this facility as an overnight stop in my travel. The website for this camp is www.nahmakanta.com .

JoMary Lake Campground. I highly recommended this as a base for accommodations for all dayhiking in this area & had trailer rentals on site, also hot showers, full bathrooms with hot water, canoe rentals, loons & outstanding view of Mt. Katahdin across Upper JoMary Lake. You pass this CG en route to this and the next five access points. I stayed here in Sept. 2003. Their website is http://www.campmaine.com/jo-mary/. 3/10/06
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The directions indicated on your website are OK, I have been there last week, May 20 to May 25, 2011. Hi. Thank you for your website, it was very helpfull for me because I made the 100 miles Wilderness in three years. I Just want to answer a question that is on your website: There is no other fee to continue beyond Henderson Checkpoint when going to Pollywog stream. Henderson checkpoint is an unmanned gate, where there is a phone and we must call the number indicated at this gate to make it open because Henderson checkpoint is the entry point of Maine Public reserve land. It is about one hour on a gravel road from Maine Highway 11 to Pollywog stream. 05/28/11 2 1
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35.1
Logging Road at base of Nesuntabunt Mountain
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The same directions as for Pollywog Bridge access (MM 32.5) but 1.2 miles less, as it is the same road and you come to this AT crossing before Pollywog Bridge. I have never been here so cannot document about parking here. But it looks like an easy loop hike northbound on the AT (2.6 miles) from here passing Crescent Pond and Pollywog Gorge and you can return via the logging road (1.2 miles). You can use either Nahmakanta Lake Camp or JoMary Lake Campground for a base of accommodations in this area. 3/11/06
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2/15/08 1
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There are several spots to park near the AT crossing on the Wadleigh Pond Rd. I was able to easily access this area from the Greenville side and didn't have to pay the fee for the Jo-Mary Road. In 2010 a friend of mine thru-hiked the AT and I was able to pick him up nearly every evening and bring him back to my camp on Moosehead Lake. I'd then return him to the trail each morning. 03/05/12 1
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40.8
Nahmakanta Lake Access Road
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Again the same directions as the access using Jo Mary Lakes Road passing the Henderson Checkpoint (see 32.5 - Pollywog Stream). Continue past the checkpoint about 6 miles to the three way intersection. At this junction bear right and go about 1.5 miles to the second road on the right. Turn right and go about four miles to the bridge over Nahmakanta Stream. The trail crosses the road just before the bridge. Park on the right here.

I have not traversed this road beyond Henderson Checkpoint and these directions beyond that point were provided by Glenn Benkert, gbenkert @ fuse.net on notes he provided me with 11/07/02. The total distance from Millinocket is 45 miles and you should allow 1:30.
Northbound: It is a pleasant 8.3 mile hike of rolling terrain that the AT traverses and could be done as a nice hike to Pollywog Stream Bridge. The car shuttle is about 13 miles.

Note that this is the third of six access points that all use the JoMary Gate. I highly recommend JoMary Lake Campgound, which you pass on the road from JoMary Gate for all six access points as a base for accommodations for all dayhiking in this area & has trailer rentals on site, also hot showers, full bathrooms with hot water, canoe rentals, loons & an outstanding view of Mt. Katahdin across Upper JoMary Lake. I stayed here in Sept. 2003. Their website is http://www.campmaine.com/jo-mary/. 3/12/06
I have not been to this location so cannot verify parking accomodation at this location.
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