Favorite Places in Maine: Sandy Stream Pond, Baxter State Park

By Robin Follette, Special to the BDN
Posted Sept. 21, 2011, at 4:09 p.m.

Sandy Stream Pond, with Mount Katahdin and Turner Mountain in the background, is one of my favorite places. An easy four-tenths-mile hike crosses Roaring Brook, brings you up and down hills, over roots and rocks, through wet spots and over single-wide walkways made of logs.

Moose cross the trail in various places; if you look and listen you might see them waiting in the woods as you pass.

When I hiked the trail in June, a bear, out very early in the morning looking for breakfast, had turned over rocks, leaving behind footprints in the mud.

A marked trail to the left leads to the edge of Sandy Stream Pond. Two deer, a buck and doe, grazed along the edge of the pond at sunrise one morning. Voices coming down the trail scared them into the woods. Mergansers played on the pond. Later, while sitting on Big Rock, the buck and doe slowly walked the shoreline toward us. They moved into the brush to walk around around us, then disappeared rather than return to the water’s edge.

The pond and its surroundings are always beautiful. Azaleas and other wild flowers ring the pond. Wild blueberries and cranberries provide food for the birds and animals. I’ve never regretted hiking to the pond in rain even when the wildlife didn’t come to Sandy Stream Pond.

To get there

Enter Baxter State Park from the south and proceed north to the Roaring Brook campground. The marked trail is on the northern end of the parking lot. Be sure to sign the trail register.

Robin Follette, Special to the BDN

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