The Roaring Brook Nature Trail is a short loop trail which winds through a variety of forest communities bordered by Roaring Brook and a highland bog replete with voracious pitcher plants and other unique bog plants. Plank viewing platforms extend into the bog at two points along the Nature Trail, allowing visitors a unique look at the bog's flora and fauna. The Roaring Brook trail provides excellent views of both South Turner Mountain and the east side of Katahdin with its prominent cirques.
The trail begins at the Russell Pond/Sandy Stream Pond trailhead. Immediately after crossing the bridge over Roaring Brook on the Russell Pond Trail, 100 yards from the Ranger's cabin, the Nature Trail departs to the right. A trail guide sheet may be obtained from the Ranger. The bog area lies to the east of the campground.
Park Fees: See website for entrance and camping fee schedule. [No entrance fee for Maine residents.]
Park Rules: See a more complete list here.
This trail is within Baxter State Park. For more information and detailed trail maps, please visit Baxter State Park Authority's website.
The Roaring Brook Nature Trail trailhead is located in Roaring Brook Campground which is best accessed from the Togue Pond Gatehouse (South Gate) of Baxter State Park.
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 right and continue onto the Roaring Brook Road for 7.9 miles. Roaring Brook Road ends at Roaring Brook Campground. Park in the day-use lots straight ahead. The trailhead is located at the north end of this parking area just before the Roaring Brook Ranger Station.
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