Cranberry Pond Trail
From downtown 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 1.2 miles. Park on the right side of the road in a small dirt pull-out. The trailhead is located across the road to the south.
Parking for the alternate southeastern trailhead is available just before the Togue Pond Gatehouse in a small lot near a Park service building.
Please park cars completely off the road so as not to obstruct traffic.
Cranberry Pond Trail parallels the Park Tote Road for 1.5 miles between Rocky Pond and Togue Pond. Its western trailhead begins immediately across the Park Tote Road from where the Kettle Pond Trail ends, 1.2 miles west of the Togue Pond Gate. It passes Cranberry Pond and Rocky Pond, two of the many ponds formed by glacial action in the south part of Baxter State Park. The eastern end of Cranberry Pond Trail is a few hundred feet east of the Togue Pond Gate, near a Park service building and parking area. The trail is blue-blazed.
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
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
Check for nearby geocaches to Cranberry Pond Trail.
Leave No Trace Principle
Dispose of Waste Properly
Dispose of solid human waste in a cathole 6-8 inches deep and at least 200 feet from water, camp, or trails. Don't forget to cover it up when you're done!