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.
I’ll start with the positives- the tent area is is reasonable walking distance to the clean bathrooms, the front desk ladies were lovely and even went out of their way to help me find a certain activity I was looking to do, that was great. We tent camp, there was one section for tents, and the rest of the property is filled with permanent mobile home and RV installations. A massive amount, it’s a mini city. There were no other tent campers. We found the $38 price tag steep for just wanting a primitive site but apparently you are charged for water and electric even though you don’t need irntequest it. I would not stay here again however- I didn’t appreciate all 6 nearby dumpsters being emptied between 7-8 AM while we were trying to sleep, and we woke up to 5 ticks crawling all over our tent. I have camped many places for many years and never have I seen so many ticks. Also not a fan of having to pay for a shower, this is an ordinary free offering in most other campgrounds. We did approach the owner and let them know our experience, we asked for and were given a refund. There was zero natural beauty here for Renter’s- you’re sleeping on a gravel pile with an old metal ring for a fire pit.
Great family hike in with an optional over night. The walk is step to start and then is relatively flat. No major river crossings just a few small ones. Once you reach the campsite 1.8 miles from route 4 there are tent platforms, tent only spots and a lean-to. There is a fire pit by the lean-to. A outhouse is located right by the lean-to. The campsite is also close to Piazza rock and some beautiful waterfalls. The AT passes right through Piazza Rock Campsite. Saddleback mountain and the horn are relatively close to this campsite.
We love the place this campground has a little bit for everybody there has a mini kid park and a pool ,they have wooded area plus they also have an open areas to camp ,always seems to be quiet well mannered Place ,staff is excellent to work with
My friend's family has been going to Acadia every summer for probably 15 years, and myself and other friends would tag along and have a big ol' fun time. And every single year, we stay at the Blackwoods campground. You would think I'd have more pictures, but there's so much to do around the site that you forget to document!
The campsites themselves are usually completely booked throughout the season, so make sure you plan and book in advance. However, never have I once got the feeling of things being really busy of overrun with people. The sites are decently sized and well taken care of. Even though there are a ton of individual sites, you really feel like you're in the forest and each site is separated by dense trees, giving you the feeling of peaceful solitude. The campsites themselves are pretty standard; fire rings, picnic table, flat ground for tents. Bathhouses are always in walking range. I think quarter showers are in select ones (though you don't need it--splash around ion Hunters Brook where is crosses route 3. You can even jump from the road when it's deep enough!). What I really like about these sights are the intermingling of trees, making good bases for hammocks, slacklines, and whatever things you need to hang between trees.
One of the best parts of staying in the Blackwoods campground is the proximity to the cliffs over the ocean. From Loop A, there is a little trail that takes you to to Park Loop road. Cross it, and you're on some rocky cliffs over the ocean. Amazing views. Awesome for bouldering too, if you're into climbing. And one night every trip, my friends and I bring our sleeping bags and sleep on the rocks over the ocean. 10/10 would recommend. Just make sure you're above the high tide line! The stars are unbeatable, as well as the sunrise. We really stay at Blackwoods campground just for this being close by.
This is a beautiful spot. It has excellent canoeing and hiking. The facilities are well maintained and this is camping the way it’s supposed to be.
Beautiful campground. Great sites neat the pond.
Miniature golf. Community gatherings and fires. Paddle boat rentals. Great store. Good and bad. Good.. Train tracks close to the campground. Great for little ones to watch go by, or adults at night to watch by the campfire. Bad. Train is loud.
Great place for families. Game room, pool, you can walk a holiday if you would like. Great entertainment on the weekends. Clean bathrooms and up to date. Friendly campers. Baked bean suppers sold on Saturday night.
Alittle extreme on how they choose seasonals.
This is definitely a great area to camp. It’s close to Portland and set on the north end of the lake. The facilities are fairly decent and definitely geared towards families. There are two little beaches attached to the campground which tend to be less busy than the main beaches in the other areas of the park. My biggest recommendation would be to stay on the Naples Beach end of the campground as it’s a bit quieter. We’ve stayed here multiple times as a family and it’s a great location.
This is what I would call camping for those that still want all the comforts of a resort, which is exactly what this place is. There a few tent sites and some RV sites, but Point Sebago is mainly full of their “cabins.” The “cabins” can be rented too. The sites have water and electricity which is nice and you have access to many of the resort amenities, of which there are lots. It wasn’t may favorite place to camp, but it wouldn’t be bad for families just starting to get into camping.
This is a great campground if you’re looking for a quiet place that’s mostly off the grid. Just a few miles away from the Canadian border in Western Maine, this campground was exactly what a group of us were looking for. We grabbed two sites right on the pond which were spacious and had water available. There are showers and toilets at a central bath house that were newly built and nice. There are also outhouses closer to the sites that were also on the newer side. Campground host was very accommodating. Definitely a place we plan to go back to!
The beach is worth it but the campground needs updating for electricity and water. Not enough electricity to run acs last summer. Water can be turned off with out being warned. So it don't mind boondocking if trouble arises then your good.
This large campground over looks Frenchmens bay. Large pool. Inexpensive laundry. Blueberry fields free to pick July to August. Pay showers. No reservations though. Come in early morning and wait for others to leave to grab the best sites. Or grab what ever is available and look the next morning for who leaves the better sites. Shuttle bus for free to any where, almost, on the island. The manager is a bit neurotic and that's the reason it is at 4 stars not 5. We will keep going for the campground price and place until the manager ruins it for us or they close it.
If you enjoy water activists , boating ,fishing, swimming , canoeing, kayaking then this is your spot. This family friendly campground offers theme weekends and scheduled actives for Adults and kids. We also offer a Restaurant open for breakfast on the weekends we also offer a well stocked store and Cafe serving sandwiches, fried foods, fresh dough pizza and other specials. This is called home to Seasonal campers and a vacation fun spot to many that have been coming for years. Join us “where families come to have fun” or to just sit and relax by your own fire.
"Amazing, amazing, amazing! The campground is wonderful; clean, quiet but with plenty to do. If that doesnt make you come back then Zach, the owner, will. Super friendly and he is always available but never makes you feel like you are being watched at all times. Our favorite campground by far! I never thought I could talk my husband into a seasonal site, but after staying here a few times last summer we felt like we found a second home and we didn't want to leave."
Visited this site while up in Maine seeing the in-laws and had a wonderful time! This is a beautiful site right on the water and so close to Wolfe's Neck State Park which has wonderful hiking. Just remember it can get pretty cold around here to plan accordingly depending on what season you go. Its also so nice just how close to Portland and Freeport this site is so you can even get some shopping in at the LL Bean outlet.
Blackwoods campground is a very large, very busy, somewhat rustic campground in the heart of Acadia National Park. We camped here 3 nights in July and every site was full. The sites are fairly standard, with a picnic table and fire ring. There are bathrooms generally within a short walk from each site, but no showers. There is a private shower house just outside the campground, bring your roll of quarters with you. You can also purchase firewood just about everywhere outside the campground itself. There is a shuttle bus that runs to the campground and will take you to various other parts of the park including many trailheads. We camped in site A31 which was directly off the campground loop road, but felt more private than many of the sites located in the inner circles of the campground. We could walk a short trail from camp to the ocean. There is no WiFi, and little cell phone coverage at all within the area. Amenities are few within the campground itself, but this is an area people come to explore and take in the beauty of Acadia, not hang out at camp.
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