Sometime within the next decade it's very possible that the Appalachian Trail's northern terminus could end in Maine Woods National Park instead of Baxter State Park. Mount Katahdin would still be the final destination for thru-hikers, but the mountain would lie in a new national park if one philanthropist has her way.
The multi-millionaire founder of Burt's Bees, Roxanne Quimby, is proposing to give more than 70,000 acres to the federal government, a tract that lies just east of Maine's Baxter State Park. Her vision is to combine her land with the state park in order to create a 280,000-acre Maine Woods National Park.
Quimby wants to time her donation in five years to the 100th anniversary of the creation of the National Park Service.
For more information on the Maine Woods National Park, you can read about the land donation proposal and the vision for the park.