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Dwelley Pond Trail

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Day hike along along relatively flat terrain into remote Dwelley Pond. Hike back over the same trail or spot a car at the McCarty Field Trailhead to extend the hike.
Trail Activity
5.2 miles, One Way
Nesourdnahunk Twp
Dirt/Forest Floor, Grass, Gravel/Crushed Stone
Not Permitted


Dwelley Pond is a small remote trout pond located in the northwest part of Baxter State Park. Two trailheads on the Park Tote Road provide access to this wilderness area and to the southern shore of Dwelley Pond via a section of the Old Park Tote Road which has been converted into a foot and bike trail.

The Dwelley Pond Trail and its McCarty Field trail extension run for 5.2 miles between Dwelley Pond Trailhead and McCarty Field Trailhead. McCarty Field, a small picnic area on the edge of a woodland stream, is located 1.4 miles south of the McCarty Field Trailhead. Dwelley Pond is located 1.4 miles northwest of the Dwelley Pond Trailhead.

A locked canoe is available for use, with a nominal fee per hour. The key can be obtained from the ranger at Nesowadnehunk Field Campground. 

Other Information

Park Fees: See website for entrance and camping fee schedule. [No entrance fee for Maine residents.]

Park Rules: See a more complete list here.

  • All persons entering the Park by road or trail must register their entrance at a gatehouse or self-registration station
  • The maximum size of hiking groups is 12 persons
  • All groups of five or more persons under 16 years of age must be accompanied by at least one adult, responsible for the supervision of a maximum of five youths
  • For all trash: Carry-in; carry-out
  • Where toilets are not available, human waste must be buried at least 200' from water or carried out
  • Pets or other domestic animals are not allowed in the Park
  • Camping is permitted by reservation only
  • Fires or other cooking or heating devices are permitted only in designated campsites or picnic areas
  • Hunting and trapping are prohibited within the Park (with some exceptions)
  • Maine fishing laws apply within the Park
  • No person may feed, bait, or disturb any animal within the Park
  • Power equipment is prohibited (including generators)
  • All vehicles must display an entrance permit while in the Park

Trail Manager

This trail is within Baxter State Park. For more information and detailed trail maps, please visit Baxter State Park Authority's website.

Baxter State Park Authority
64 Balsam Drive
Millinocket, ME 04462
Phone: (207) 723-5140
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Trail Tips

Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
Make a small campsite, preferably where there is no vegetation.

Trailhead Information

From Millinocket: Travel 16 miles northwest on the paved Baxter Park Road to the Togue Pond Gatehouse, passing buildings and Northwoods Trading Post on the right after eight miles. After entering the park at Togue Pond Gate, bear left and continue onto the Park Tote Road for 22.3 miles. The Dwelley Pond Trailhead is located on the right side of the road, 5.7 miles past Nesowadnehunk Field Campground. The McCarty Field Trailhead is located another 4.7 miles along the Park Tote Road on the right, just after a bridge.

From Patten: leave ME-11 and turn left on ME-159/Shin Pond Road. Continue 26 miles on this road to the Matagamon Gatehouse. The McCarty Field Trailhead is located on the left, 14.1 miles beyond the Matagamon Gatehouse on the Park Tote Road, just before a bridge. Park cars off the road. The Dwelley Pond Trailhead is another 4.7 miles southeast along the Park Tote Road on the left.

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