At The Dyrt, we share camping tips from our community of campers and campgrounds. With so many campers staying home, we continue to share this info so you can plan future camping trips across the U.S.

★★★★☆ | “Great basecamp for accessing the new Katahdin Woods and Water National Monument and Baxter State Park”

–The Dyrt Reviewer: Gary G.

“We were interested in kayaking on ponds and streams in the KAWW or Baxter State Park. Since we have a trailer and our buddies have a RV, we new we could not get into South Branch Pond in BSP. We decided to try Shin Pond Village Campground, a privately owned place in Mt. Chase on the way to the northern entrance of BSP.”

Camping in Maine: Shin Pond Village Campground

“Connector to Upper South Branch Pond in BSP.”

“The campground is right off Route 159, which is now a scenic by way in the KAWW National Monument. Although our sites were close to the road, there was so little traffic it really didn’t matter! Sites were flat and open, with decent privacy for a privately owned campground. There was a really good store and a great diner attached to the main office building. Campfire wood was abundant (and for sale by the campground) and each site had a picnic table, fire ring, and fire place to cook on.”





Camping in Maine: Shin Pond Village Campground

“South Branch Pond in BSP (see my review on South Branch Pond Campground if you are a tenter or like lean dos)”

“The campground is between upper and lower Shin Ponds, with easy boat access to both. We were about 15 miles from the northern entrance of Baxter State Park (BSP), so we chose to travel to South Branch Pond to spend the day kayaking. A great choice as you can see from the pictures.”


See more about Shin Pond Village Campground and camping in Maine on The Dyrt.


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  • Ryan Fliss

    Ryan Fliss

    Ryan leads Growth at The Dyrt. With over 10 years writing and digital community building experience, and even more experience in the outdoors, he is excited about The Dyrt's early trajectory. Ryan, like most people, is an onion (figuratively speaking), and finds byline bios reductive, though useful. He is writing this himself in the third person, and—to him—it feels strange.