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Hiking on this Baxter State Park trail marks the start of summer’s end

When you think of August in Maine, what picture does your mind paint?

I had been anticipating the turn of the calendar page and thinking about how I’d welcome the month. To me, August in the North Maine Woods means blueberry picking and the start of the end of summer. It’s bittersweet.

In continuing with my summer goal of checking out the local hikes around Chewonki Big Eddy Campground, where I live and work, I decided what better way to welcome the blueberry month than hiking to Blueberry Ledges.

Depending on how much time you have or how much distance you want to cover, this hike offers options. One can access the Blueberry Ledges Trail from Katahdin Stream Campground, located in Baxter State Park (more time and greater distance), or you can start at the southern boundary of the park, near Abol Bridge on the Golden Road (shorter option).

I don’t fare well in the sweltering heat, so to make my walk in the woods enjoyable and not a sticky, sweaty mess, I decided to make it an early morning and I got to the trailhead parking lot by 7 a.m.

The first quarter-mile of the trail is shared with the Appalachian Trail, and August is also a busy month for thru-hikers. Starting all the way down in Georgia, these folks hike nearly 2,200 miles to reach the northern terminus at Katahdin. It’s really special to run into a thru-hiker on the trail.

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