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Nestled amidst the pristine wilderness of Baxter State Park, Moosewood Cabin (Cabin 13) at Kidney Pond Campground offers a tranquil retreat like no other. I recently had the pleasure of spending three unforgettable nights here, from October 16 to 18, 2023. I’ll take you on a virtual journey through my experience at Kidney Pond, delve into the history of this enchanting location, and explore the nearby hiking opportunities at Katahdin Stream and Roaring Brook.
The History of Kidney Pond Campground
Kidney Pond Campground, located in the heart of Baxter State Park, has a rich history that dates back to the early 1900s. It was established as a private camp in 1929 and was later acquired by the State of Maine in 1962 with final transfer to the park in 1989. Today, it remains one of the park’s most popular campgrounds, offering a unique blend of rustic charm and modern amenities.
Staying at Moosewood Cabin
Moosewood Cabin (Cabin 13) is a true gem in Kidney Pond Campground. This quaint log cabin for two people is equipped with all the essentials for a comfortable stay, including a wood-burning stove, twin beds, and a screened-in porch that offers views of the surrounding wilderness. The cabin is an excellent choice for those seeking a cozy and secluded getaway, with the added charm of being nestled deep in the woods.
My stay at Moosewood Cabin was an incredible experience. The cabin’s wood stove kept me warm as I savored a cup of hot coffee in the chilly October mornings.
Exploring Kidney Pond
Kidney Pond itself is a sight to behold. This glacial pond is surrounded by dense forests and offers opportunities for canoeing, fishing, and wildlife observation. During my stay, I saw other campers take a peaceful canoe ride across the pond and other campers returning from the trails around the lake.
Hiking Adventures at Katahdin Stream and Roaring Brook
Kidney Pond Campground serves as a great basecamp for exploring the nearby hiking trails. Two of the most popular trails in the area are the Katahdin Stream Trail and the Roaring Brook Trail.
1. Katahdin Stream Trail: This trail provides access to the renowned Mount Katahdin, the highest peak in Maine and the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail. While the hike to the summit is challenging, the views are incredibly rewarding. Even if you don’t tackle the entire summit, the lower sections of the trail offer spectacular scenery, with cascading waterfalls and lush foliage.
2. Roaring Brook Trail: Another remarkable trail, the Roaring Brook Trail takes you to Chimney Pond, nestled in the shadow of Mount Katahdin. The hike is moderate and presents opportunities for bird-watching and wildlife encounters. The view of the Great Basin from Chimney Pond is simply breathtaking.
My stay at Moosewood Cabin in Kidney Pond Campground, located within Baxter State Park, was a magical escape into nature’s heart. The history of Kidney Pond and the nearby hiking opportunities at Katahdin Stream and Roaring Brook make this destination a haven for outdoor enthusiasts and history buffs alike. If you’re seeking a peaceful retreat in a historic and picturesque setting, consider Moosewood Cabin and Kidney Pond Campground for your next getaway. You won’t be disappointed by the natural beauty and outdoor adventures that await you in this enchanting corner of Maine.