The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is opening a new visitor center for hikers preparing to enter Maine's fabled 100-mile Wilderness.

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The visitor center, which opens Monday in Monson, is aimed at helping the ATC and partners better manage the increased volume of hikers, especially after the film "A Walk in the Woods" premiered last year.

ATC spokesman Javier Folgar says there will be a kiosk in the space where hikers can learn about the new permitting system for Baxter State Park, and receive other information as they near the trail's end atop Mount Katahdin.

The Appalachian Trail Club has only three visitor centers. The others are in Pennsylvania and in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.