A truly unique experience! Camp amidst the Maine pine trees on the edge of a desert. Just 8 minutes from the famous LL Bean flagship store and shops of Freeport. Escape it all at this well-maintained, serene campground. There are 23 sites(18 with electric & water, 5 secluded tent sites) nestled in the woods with a brand new cedar bath house, camp store, gift shop, and small cafe. Each campsite is equipped with a fire ring and picnic bench. Pets are welcome and firewood is available for purchase. Admission to the dunes is free with your stay. Learn the history on a guided walking tour and hike the wooded nature trails.
Staying at Desert of Maine Campground
Tent & RV Sites
A nice campground. Clean sites and shaded. Watch out for ticks in the leaves and trails. But the desert/dunes are an interesting attraction and the campground is close to Freeport, ME which is home to LL Bean and local breweries. About 30 minutes from Portland, ME.
While on the road on a Saturday night, it was difficult finding an available tent site for Saturday night only in the area. Called Desert Dunes and the man helping me couldn’t have been more friendly or helpful. We weren’t even sure if we would make it but he posted a campground map with my name on it and directions drawn out to an available tent site. We got there well after dark and ended up with a great little site (T3) and lucked out with no neighbors. The desert tour looked very cool but will have to wait for next time as we had to get back on the road.
What a lovely campground! We were tucked back into T8 which is a walk down campsite under the trees near a small stream. The benefits were not only a little bit of privacy but close access to the bathrooms and showers (free) which was most excellent as well as the washer and dryer ($1.50 or so a load for each machine). The folks working at Desert of Maine were ever so helpful and so very friendly. With the location being a short drive from a gas station, grocery store and the LL Bean shops in Freeport as well as Portland, we were in the perfect spot at a reasonable cost especially because they offered a military discount. The desert itself was really cool and those camping get 1/2 off a guided tour. In addition, there is wifi near the camp check in and gift shop which was a plus. Definitely more of an RV place but tents are definitely welcome, although I would say go for T8 if you have a tent. Definitely a quaint campground for those passing on through!