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Camping in Maine

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Maine

About Maine Camping

Thinking of camping in Maine, and you’re likely thinking of two regions: DownEast, where Acadia National Park and Portland steal the show, or along the southern coast, where Wells and Old Orchard Beach are popular. While these places are certainly well worth a visit, limiting your experiences to these coastal haunts, means missing out on some of the best camping in Maine...and there’s a lot. Indeed, Maine covers nearly one-half of the total area of New England. With over 30 state parks, the first national park east of the Mississippi, and, depending on the way you hike it, either the beginning or the end of the 2181 miles of the Appalachian Trail, Maine has a little something to offer even the greenest camper among us.

Southern Maine is a typically more crowded area. The water is a bit warmer than Maine’s northern beaches, and the beaches typically less rocky. For those looking for a break from the surf, there are shopping outlets, mini golf courses, and numerous spots to grab some fresh lobster. Old Orchard Beach has long been a New England summer tradition; trading quiet camping for go-kart races and thrilling rides, this area is chock full of summer fun. Looking to escape the crowds while camping in southern Maine? Head inland to kayak and camp along the Saco River, as it carves its way from New Hampshire’s White Mountains through to the Atlantic.

Most campers head to the ocean come summer, so you’ll find solitude amongst the trees, lakes and rivers of inland Maine. Moosehead Lake has some of the best camping in Maine, with numerous lakeside camp spots and deserted beaches off of one of the lake’s dozens of tiny islands. Bring your own canoe, or rent one, and spend the day leisurely paddling alongside loons and other waterfowl; if you’re quiet, you might even happen upon a moose. There are a number of campgrounds to choose from, and many offer secluded lakefront sites. If you are looking to stretch your legs and gain some altitude, head to nearby Baxter State Park. Hiking Maine’s highest peak, Mount Katahdin, is an intense hike that’ll reward you with unparalleled views over Maine’s seemingly endless backcountry. Fair warning: this hike isn’t for children (in fact, no children under six are allowed above the treeline anywhere in Baxter State Park). Nor is it for the faint of heart: its ridgeline is sheer, dropping off some 5,000 feet into Maine’s ancient wilderness below.

Downeast Maine is a remote area that has some of the most beautiful coastline in the world, and some of the most beautiful camping in Maine. Iconic lighthouses, piles of fresh lobster, and seaside hikes that rival inland Maine’s rugged peaks, exploring this area is a must. With Portland, Bangor, and small coastal towns like Bar Harbor, Kennebunkport and Freeport, there are no shortages of places to explore. Our favorite downeast adventure? Camp in Acadia, where you can hike to the top of Cadillac Mountain and watch as the sun sets over the rugged atlantic coastline. For those early risers, catching the sunrise from October to March means you’re catching the first of the sun as it rises over the US.

Whether you’re looking for backcountry seclusion or prefer the comforts of car camping, camping in Maine has a little something to offer all of us. True to its slogan, it really is the way life should be.

Recent Reviews In Maine

1366 Reviews of 518 Maine Campgrounds

EThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2021

Beautiful large park

Stayed waterfront site. Gravel site was packed and level.

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Month of VisitNovember
SThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2021

End of season

Love this place. Not sure what it’s like in season, but it’s beautiful and quiet. We like rustic, so it works for us. Booked two nights and stayed three. We would come back.

Site21
Month of VisitNovember
J
Reviewed Oct. 13, 2021

Perfect Hidden Gem

Beautiful during our Fall Road Trip. Will definitely be going back next year!

Perfect lil spot nestled off the beaten path. Super clean bathhouse and laundry facility.

Great for all ages. Kiddos riding bikes and going on hayrides. Adults having fun at night but still respected quiet hours.

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Month of VisitNovember
TThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Oct. 12, 2021

Great Place to stay!!

We stayed here for two weeks the end of September and beginning of October.  This was a great place for home base for a couple weeks while we enjoyed Maine and what it offers!!  The owners have done a wonderful job in making this a great place to stop in the 14 years they have owned this.  The…

  • Our spot for two weeks!!
SiteA-21
Month of VisitNovember
m
Reviewed Oct. 11, 2021

Ok, not great

Very wooded area. Hard to maneuver big rigs. Steep, unleveled roads. Water is yellow and stunk of iron. Manager assured it was safe. Made our shower look dirty constantly. Probably a better tent campground but was fine for a couple weeks. Manager was nice and helpful.

Month of VisitOctober
SThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Oct. 11, 2021

Quiet, unassuming campground

Not many campers here in October. Plenty of room, great showers, even though they cost a whole quarter! Good laundry facilities and restrooms. Dark and quiet, just the way we like it,

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Month of VisitNovember
Mike H.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Oct. 11, 2021

Clean and friendly.

Excellent location, clean bathroom, friendly staff. Would definitely stay there again.

Siteclose to bathhouse.
Month of VisitNovember
MThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Oct. 11, 2021

Quiet Campground

Nice quiet campground on the side of the Quaggy Jo Mt. in Presque Isle. Most sites are very spacious. Only 30 sites. Nice trails in the park. A few hookup sites.

Site1
Month of VisitNovember
KThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Oct. 9, 2021

What a Gem

Found this place on the Dyrt. Called in the morning of was lucky enough that they had a last min cancellation. Riley was super helpful over the phone and was outside greeting all the campers at the entrance. The brewery and restaurant are phenomenal! Some of the best pizza I have ever had and of…

  • best pizza and brews
Site13
Month of VisitNovember
SThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Oct. 8, 2021

Scenic

This spot Is beautiful. No privacy in between spots but in my opinion the short walk to ocean views and sunsets more than makes up for it.

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Month of VisitNovember
Mike H.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Oct. 7, 2021

Really nice place to stay

It was very clean and convenient. The best bathhouse that I have seen. The only negative is the site we stayed at was mostly dirt and it rained and was a mess.

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Month of VisitNovember
Mike H.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Oct. 7, 2021

Nice management convenient location.

New level sites, easy in and out, manager very nice, only negative bathhouse under construction.

Site12
Month of VisitNovember
R
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2021

Location ideal to hike

Beautiful park. Not the best campsites but necessary to give time to hike the ridge line

Month of VisitAugust
R
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2021

Perfect place

Stayed for 4 days. Great location and beautiful campground. Quiet and close to Acadia NP

Month of VisitNovember

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