The Cabins At Daicey Pond in Baxter State Park
I grew up only 2 hours from this state park, albeit across the Canadian border, but I would look out the window as we drove down I-95 to visit family in Portland & Rhode Island every Christmas. The snow peak of Mount Katahdin was like a mystery. Later in life a big regret was to discover the park and summit the tallest peak in the region later in life.
My goal after my first visit, was to make this a regular visit so that I can take advantage of this area.
Baxter State Park is a fantastic model of an independent park and reserve that many land managers here in Canada should be looking at. roll back the clock 70 years or more and you will find that Nova Scotia and New Brunswick was the outdoorsman playground, not Maine. But a change did happen and I you can’t fuss about it now. I mean there’s a mile high mountain as the central selling point.
So, for the last few years, I’ve been making the journey to Baxter to enjoy the wilderness. However, as I’m getting older, I do prefer the comforts of the cabin as compared to crawling out on my knees from a tent in the morning. Luckily Baxter State Park has a number of cabins and seem to be adding a few more with each year.
My personal favourite is Daicey Pond. It has the best view of the mountain (Katahdin from the Abol side) and you can have a campfire, get firewood and enjoy the hiss & glow from the propane lantern over the lakeview.
I’ve Stayed in cabin number 1 (Olw’s nest) and 9 (Whispering Pines) for the last 4 years, but managed to snag some pics from the other cabins during labour day weekend as the young family crowd switched to the quiet grey beards.
Daicey Pond Map Layout
I love these hand drawings from the Park Authority. Download the PDF here. My only complain is that you don’t get a good idea of the scale until you arrive. Some points seem shorter and some points seem longer. I haven’t measured but cabin 1 & from the parking isn’t more than 200m.
All cabins will have the following items:
- wood stove
- campfire ring
- picnic table
- wood chairs (at least 2)
- small table for camping stove
- bed matress
- propane lantern
What you will need to bring (at the minimum)
- sleeping bag
- utensils & plates
- wash bucket
- camp axe
- flashlight / headlamp
Cabin 1 – Olw’s Nest
This was our first experience at Daicey Pond. We did early June visits for 2 years straight. The big benefit of this space was that it was the end of line, so no camper traffic. However, the AT trail runs about 100 feet from the outhouse right behind the cabin. The main downside is that the picnic table & fire ring is surrounded by boulders so it’s doesn’t accommodate that many unless you can find a flat spot for your camp chair.
What’s great about this cabin:
- great view of the lake and mountains (Katahdin, double top)
- large screen windows with large chairs
- 2 rooms (2 single cots)
Cabin 2 – Lady Slipper
This is a nice cute cabin for 2 people. it has a nice landing for your canoe / kayak. The main downside is that the path to get to cabin #1 is only a few feet from the fire ring.
Cabin 3 – Tamarak
Another small 2 person cabin where the walking path to cabin #2 & #1 passes within a few feet behind it. The upside is that you are very close to the edge of the lake.
Cabin 4 – Chipmunk Hollow
Cabin 5 – Mt. View
Cabin 6 – Blue Lodge
Cabin 7 – Loon Lodge
Cabin 8 – Birch Bark
Cabin 9 – Whispering Pines
Cabin 10 – Nature At Peace