Baxter Woods

A 29 acre open space in the Deering Center neighborhood. Mayor James Phinney Baxter purchased this land which had been an estate of Congressman Francis Ormond Smith in 1882. When Mayor Baxter passed his son Governor Percival Baxter opened the woods to the public for recreational purposes.  It became known as Baxter Bird Sanctuary and several community groups developed nature trails. In April 1946 Governor Percival Baxter presented this 29 acres of woods to the people of Portland as a municipal forest. This park features shady trails, majestic tall pines, 2 ponds, open meadows and an outdoor classroom. This nature preserve in the heart of the city is visited by thousands of walkers, runners and dog owners every year.

Baxter Woods Ecological Assessment and Plan