28 Jun 17 Baxter State Park Hiking – Blueberry Ledges
Northern Outdoors’ Katahdin Adventure Base Camp at Abol Bridge Campground sits at the trailhead to one of Baxter State Park’s best hiking, swimming and picnic destinations: Blueberry Ledges, where Katahdin Stream flows over smooth granite ledges. The trail begins in the campground just past the new pavilion, where Penobscot River rafting trips gather. You might have to stop and gaze at the view of Mt. Katahdin before hitting the trail…
Beginning on the Appalachian Trail, the trail to Blueberry Ledges veers off shortly after entering Baxter State Park.
The 2-mile, well-marked trail climbs gradually through a beautiful birch forest to reach the waterfalls, open ledges, and a seemingly endless array of wild blueberries. We hiked it in late June, warm enough for swimming but the blueberries were just beginning to fruit. August is the month for wild blueberry picking in Maine.
Before reaching the sign that lets you know you’re at Blueberry Ledges there is a trail off to the left that leads to a deep swimming pool and waterfall.
We continued the hike up the ledges for a picnic and to enjoy the natural water slides. The views are so expansive, I couldn’t stop shooting panoramas.
Mark prepping snacks at our picnic spot:
I could have spent all day listening to Katahdin Stream flowing over the granite ledges.
Blueberry Ledges is one of our guides favorite swimming holes after rafting the Penobscot.
This waterfall hike is one of many beautiful hikes from Northern Outdoors’ Katahdin Adventure Base Camp where you could easily spend a week rafting the Penobscot, exploring Baxter State Park, hiking the Appalachian Trail, fishing, paddleboarding, or just enjoying the spectacular view of Mt Katahdin from the campground. Also an option? Lodging at Big Moose Inn— with inn suites and rooms as well as private cabins at Millinocket and Ambajejus Lake! Just 10 miles from Blueberry Ledges, and the comforts of indoor lodging, two on-site restaurants, convenience store access, WIFI, and more!