Roaring Brook Nature Trail

Scenic nature walk between Roaring Brook and highland bogs with observation platforms and excellent views of Katahdin.
Trail Activity
1.2 miles, Loop
Mount Katahdin Twp
Dirt/Forest Floor, Gravel/Crushed Stone, Boardwalk/Bog Bridging
Not Permitted


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.

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

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

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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