My family and friends have been going for years. Such a fun, laid back, rustic camping experience. Stay for a week and unplug on the beaches. Swimming, biking, hiking and boating…and so much fun for kids.
Great place to take the family! Many beaches to choose from for a scenery change when you need it! Bike and hiking trails when you e had enough of the sand. No power or running water except for the bathrooms and showers. Only tents or pop up campers, wish they still took 5th wheels.
No matter what I say here, you won't fully get it until you've enjoyed it for yourself! Technically it's not an island, since you drive right to your campsite. It's close enough to the rest of New England to make it accessible, yet far enough to offer peace and quiet. Hermit is dotted with fabulous beaches, open only to campers on the island. If you love wildlife, bird watching is great here, as well as crab and hermit crab catching. You can get good food at the Kelp Shed and freshly cooked lobsters, beer ice, toys, and replacement camp gear at the camp store. It's near other great things to see, but this place is so great, you won't want to leave the campground.
One warning! Be prepared to deal with mosquitos! Many people use screen tents. We've always had good results using thermacell units. Oh, and if ouhouses make you squeemish, you'd better get a site near the flush toilets. This place isn't for everyone, but if you're happy roughing it, you'll never want to go home!
We do an annual camping trip for multple families camping together and decided to give this location a try based on a recommendation. That said, unfortunately, we won’t be going back.
Starting from from the beginning…..
This campground does not have an online reservation system. You have to mail in your request or call. When calling during the ‘winter’ months (anytime from September through Mid-June), staff can only be reached from 9:00-2:00.
Because we needed multiple sites together, the availability was low so we ended up staying on Harbor Grove. Upon entering the road, all of our vehicles were swarmed by mosquitoes- SWARMED. We rolled up the car windows and covered ourselves immediately in loads of bug spray and set up camp.
Absolutely NO CELL SERVICE. Sounds like a good thing, right? Nope. Not for us because in case of emergency, couldn’t call anyone for help. Had to drive about a mile out to get reception. And yes, we brought a hotspot, but out there, it was useless.
We then left to get groceries. Closest grocery store was shaw’s, about 25-30 minutes away. However, we needed more - bug spray, thermocells, et al - so we went Brunswick to get everything, 30-35 minutes away. The camp store was very reasonably priced, accepts credit/debit cards and has a lot of the basics. We just needed more, so we had to leave the grounds.
Staff is excellent - we’d rate them 5 stars for friendliness and helpfulness. This place has pretty beaches and is secluded enough to allow easy water access for kayaking, hiking and swimming… but for the bugs. Even as seasoned campers, they were too much and due to bugs, we ended up leaving a day early.
We visited this campground on a beautiful Labor Day weekend. We were not able to select a site close to the water since those sites all get reserved in the early spring! However, we had a large site, not too far from the shower house, on a dirt road in the woods. This campground is unique because it is surrounded on 3 sides by ocean. There are numerous coves and larger beaches to swim at. One can easily bike to all the rocky coasts or sandy beaches. You can see the sunrise from one side, and the sunset from another. There are great hiking trails. There is an outdoor volleyball pit, a game room, and snack shop/camp store near the entrance. We never needed to use them since the weather was good. The camp store was super handy though, since the nearest grocery store/quick mart is at least 15 min. away.
The camp sites are well maintained, and most guests are quite mannerly. No one is allowed into the campground who isn't registered to camp, which can be frustrating, but it keeps the spot private and quiet.
The main detractors is the need to book it so far in advance, unless you want to do it last minute, based on what they have available.
This campground has sites on cliffs right above the water, in sandy coves, in the woods, within walking distance…the options are many. We biked everywhere--since there isn't much parking at the swimming spot. Overall, is a beautiful, relaxing, natural place that we highly recommend.