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About Katahdin Stream Campground
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State
Access
Drive In
Walk In
Hike In
Features
ADA Accessible
No Alchohol
No Drinking Water
No Electric Hookups
Fires Allowed
No Firewood Available
No Market
No Pets
No Phone Service
Picnic Table
Reservable
No Sanitary Dump
No Sewer Hookups
Showers
Toilets
Trash Available
No Water Hookups
No WiFi
Location
Katahdin Stream Campground is located in Maine
Latitude
45.887 N
Longitude
-69.997 W
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10 Reviews of Katahdin Stream Campground
Ant's Eye View of Mt. Katahdin!

If you enjoy camping with a wonderful view of Mt. Katahdin, then this campground is for you. This is 1 of the 3 campgrounds in Baxter that stays open for a bit past the normal season. It offers a few spots for small RV’s, tent sites, lean-tos, and a few camping cabins, each with a picnic table and fire ring. Our site even had a sheltered area over the picnic table.

There is no running/drinking water, but the stream nearby is perfect for filtering. The pit toilets are cleaned daily. There is no electricity, so bring your solar panel. Plan on packing out your trash. Rangers are assigned to each campground, so there is always someone to chat with if you have questions or emergencies while in the park.

You can start the 8 to 12-hour round trip to the summit of Mt. Katahdin from this campground, as it sits right at the base of the mountain. Or, you can choose from a variety of other trail options if a 4000 ft elevation gain isn’t your thing. You are sure to see many Appalachian Trail thru-hikers as they use this campground as their final base camp before summiting.

Fall is one of the best times to be here…no bugs, less people, and full of autumn color! Be ready for wind and cold days though.

Your last stop for food and gas is in Millinocket, so be sure to stock up before you make your way to the park. Millinocket is about 18 miles from the main entrance to Baxter State Park.

Note: Dogs are not allowed in the park, but Katahdin Kritters is a pet boarding facility located in East Millinocket.

Beautiful site

Basic shelter in a beautiful area tucked into the woods with fresh streams and a small pond. Clean outhouse as well.

All around a great campground!

Pool, hay rides, family activities and bunnies! Great great place to go relax and enjoy life. Pretty close to Baxter State Park if you’re up for some adventures!

Very Spread Out and easy access to AT

Since this is the closest campground to the northern most point on the AT, you’ll see lot of thru-hikers. many will ask to hitch a ride to town to get supplies, but they are not troublesome. just without wheels and far from any civilization. at the ranger station there are a bunch of gear options that people have left behind. feel free to leave stuff you won’t use because someone else might find it a treasure. we stayed in a leanto. it was nice, Next to the stream, an relatively easy hike to Katahdin Stream Falls, on the way up to Baxter Peak. the rangers were nice. the campground was clean. but it’s really busy and holds a lot of people. it’s not my favorite campground in Baxter state park.

Perfect campsite before the summit

Katahdin Stream provides the perfect site to give you a restful night’s sleep before taking the Hunt Trail up Mt Katahdin/ Baxter Peak. The tent sites were flat and spacious and though we had downpours all day, there was no puddling or pooling of water in the site. All tent sites and lean-to sites came with firepits and tables, and plenty of trees around to hang wet articles of clothing to dry after the rain passed. The campground was clearly marked and provided parking for 1-2 vehicles at each site, but not much more than that and the day use site campers were very friendly and engaged with the overnight campers, offering us BBQ and other leftover food which very welcome after an 11 hour day of hiking.

Katahdin Stream is easily accessible and provides an excellent source of fresh water, as water is limited once you start up the Hunt Trail. Therefore I highly recommend taking as much water as you can reasonably carry. We had 2- 2 liter bladders and 4 Nalgene bottles on our trip and we ran out by the time we reached the end of our trip. (Between two hikers- went up Hunt and down Abol and back around to Katahdin Stream for a second night’s stay).

Loved this campground!

Stayed here the night before taking on Katahdin. We had 2 tents, right next to the stream. BOOK EARLY! We did our research and found that this campground would work out best for the hike that we wanted to do. We did the Hunt Trail (part of the AT) and the trail head is next to the campground. You can also pay to just park at the Stream as well. We ended up getting in somewhat late, so set up camp close to dark. Ranger station is there as well that sells wood and is a useful resource for those that haven't hiked the area before.

Northern end of the AT

Baxter State Park is famous for Katahdin. This is one place to stay to hike to it. It’s a very basic campground so bring your own water, though they do have canoe rentals and wood to purchase. Make a reservation. There are lean-tos and open sites, some are along the water. The best part for us was seeing so many people come down from their thru-hike and others waiting to meet their friends and family doing so. Lots of incredible energy here (and throughout Baxter) thanks to the AT.

Northern end of the AT

Baxter State Park is famous for Katahdin. This is one place to stay to hike to it. It’s a very basic campground so bring your own water, though they do have canoe rentals and wood to purchase. Make a reservation. There are lean-tos and open sites, some are along the water. The best part for us was seeing so many people come down from their thru-hike and others waiting to meet their friends and family doing so. Lots of incredible energy here (and throughout Baxter) thanks to the AT.

Baxter State Park is AMAZING!

Baxter State Park is amazing! My husband and I ended our summer vacation there last year and it was by far the best camping experience! The trails are awesome and the views are even better! It was too cold for us to climb to the top of Katahdin while we were there because we didn't pack any warm clothes but that is definitely on our bucket list for next time! The park doesn't have any running water or filling stations so bring all the water you will need!

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Awesome Campsite

Stayed here after 21 days on the AT, the night before our Katahdin summit. Great campsite. Stellar privys, don't smell bad, aren't bug infested, and come stocked with toilet paper. Ample space at each tentsite. Beautiful, cold stream, great for filling water bottles or taking a quick dip after a long, hot day.