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The beauty of the Maine coast is defined by rugged cliffs, flourishing wildlife, and the iconic lighthouses that have inspired writers, artists, and outdoor enthusiasts alike for generations. While already well-known for its peaks and inland terrain, Maine’s coastline is a special place to visit, whether you’re a first-time camper or a local looking to get away from the weekend. Between the innumerable coastal towns that offer an eclectic variety of activities to the stunning and nature-rich Acadia National Park, there are thousands of things to do that will keep you and your family or friends occupied for days on end.
For the eager adventurer looking to make a trip of it, we’ve compiled our top 20 places for camping the Maine coast, ranging from the southern part of the state up into Acadia National Park and beyond.
Camping the Maine Coast: The Top 20 Spots
Ever wanted to wake up to the sound of the Atlantic lapping on the shore of a private beach? Ever wondered what it would be like to take part in an old-school East Coast lobster bake? Camping the Maine coast has never been easier, and, thanks to these campgrounds, it’s never been more fun!
1. Pemaquid Point Campground—New Harbor, Maine
Located in New Harbor, Pemaquid Point is a new campground that offers attractive amenities to families and solo travelers alike. While the campground amenities are as good as it gets, the property also offers access to a premier swimming and kayaking beach, as well as the famous Pemaquid Point lighthouse park. With over 50 RV and tent sites, as well as a dump station, playground, a camp store, and an array of family-friendly games and activities, this campground is a great place to serve as a base camp while you explore the rugged Maine coastline.
“The staff is amazing and very hardworking. Family-run campground, we stayed during the 4th of July weekend and they put on a firework display for the campground. It was above and beyond and fun for everybody. It is located close to the coast and Pemaquid Point Lighthouse is right down the road. We rode our bikes to the beach and grocery store everyday…It has everything you need if want to be away from a city. Peace and tranquility, but close enough to attractions and restaurants.” — The Dyrt camper Kyle S.
2. Dixon’s Campground—Cape Neddick, Maine
Set in Cape Reddick, Dixon’s campground is a large and popular destination for hikers and outdoor enthusiasts looking to experience the beauty of camping the Maine coast. It’s 87 sites are divided between RVs, tents, and yurts, meaning that everyone has a place to stay to fit their needs. Dixon’s even offers a handful of seasonal sites for longer-term RV camping. Amenities include a pool, shower facilities, a pond and wooded areas for walking and hiking, and a playground for families with younger children. The campground is quite close to Nubble Lighthouse, as well as the infamous Ogunquit Playhouse.
“Great, well maintained campground! The sites are close together but most spots are tucked neatly among the trees so it still feels like you’re in the woods. Other campers were very friendly and respectful; we were there for the Fourth of July. Bathrooms are modern and clean.” — The Dyrt camper Jenny M.
3. Wells Beach Resort Campground—Wells, Maine
Wells Beach is located on a barrier island on the southern coast of Maine, meaning that the campground offers prime access to miles of gorgeous beaches. This campground is popular with families looking to enjoy camping the Maine coast, as its location amongst several other resorts in southern Maine provides a vacationers atmosphere that’s tough to beat. The Wells Beach Resort offers pull-thru sites with full hookups as well as restrooms, a camp store, a fitness center, and a trolley at the entrance to the resort for easy access to the Wells Beach area. Kid-friendly amenities include a swimming pool, a mini golf course, two playgrounds, and a variety of sport courts for endless family fun.
“Right on Rte 1, but still pretty quiet in the campground. Great location if you want to hit the beaches, Perkins cove, etc.” — The Dyrt camper Steve K.
4. Megunticook by the Sea Campground—Rockport, Maine
Megunticook campground is set on Penobscot Bay, a tranquil location well-known for its picturesque views and excellent sailing and windjamming. This popular campground offers 87 campsites and 10 cabins for rent, including a variety of hookups and electricity levels. The Porpoise Point Waterfront area allows campers to view wildlife from the convenience of the campground. The swimming pool and playground are the perfect places for kids to unwind, and nearby Rockland is famous for its Lobster Festival as well as the North Atlantic Blues Festival. Megunticook also offers a weekly lobster bake (weather permitting) for lucky guests!
“Literally the best campground I have ever been to. It’s on the ocean with a beautiful area to hang out by the water. The staff and owners where absolutely delightful and even came to say hello and hang out for a bit. Bathrooms were super clean and the showers are of similar construction to a sauna and it feels like a hot shower outdoors. 11/10” — The Dyrt camper Rafi K.
5. Moody Beach RV Campground—Wells, Maine
Moody Beach sits just minutes from Ogunquit Beach, and offers premier access to fishing excursions in the Atlantic along with shopping, hiking, and the east coast’s best selection of seafood. Amenities include a swimming pool, playground, a game room, and even a dog park for your furry friends to enjoy camping the Maine coast! Moody Beach offers 208 RV sites and 30 tent sites to accommodate a variety of camping groups.
“Close to the beaches and main strip. You can either walk, catch the trollies or take a provided shuttle. Very family friendly!” — The Dyrt camper Caitlin B.
6. Saco / Old Orchard Beach KOA—Saco, Maine
An iconic KOA on the Maine coastline, Saco / Old Orchard Beach is a traditional KOA with upscale amenities and a variety of campsites, including cabins, tent sites, and full hookup RV sites. The campground is less than 4 miles from Old Orchard Beach and is in close proximity to Portland, Maine, as well as Ogunquit and Wells Beach. Whale watching, fishing, biking, and beachgoing are popular activities among visitors to Saco / Old Orchard! This KOA offers nearly two dozen cabins for rent as well as 158 RV sites. 39 tent sites are scattered throughout the property.
“We really enjoyed our stay here. The staff was friendly, the bathrooms and grounds were very clean, activities were fun, the playground/pool was nice and the Maine blueberry pancakes were amazing! There was a trolley to the beach but lots to do at the campground too.” — The Dyrt camper Erin M.
7. Old Orchard Beach Campground—Old Orchard, Maine
Just down the road from the Saco / Old Orchard Beach KOA, Old Orchard Beach Campground is a living testament to the variety of camping experiences available on the Maine coast. With sites as rustic as they are inexpensive, campers can stay within walking distance to the water, while still having access to the campground’s wide array of amenities (pools, jacuzzis, and fishing ponds). On the other side of the campground, RVers can enjoy full hookups while still being a stone’s throw from the beach trail and direct access to downtown Orchard Beach. Between the miniature golf, hayrides, tennis courts, and the multiple waterslides available on the premises, there’s little reason to leave this northeastern coastal paradise.
“Recent renovation and focus on the facilities have yielded excellent results. We have been three times now and will go many times again. Pull-thru and back-in RV sites are very roomy and well laid out.” — The Dyrt camper Steve K.
8. Wild Duck Adult Campground & RV Park—Scarborough, Maine
Located on the Maine Audubon’s Scarborough Marsh, the state’s largest saltwater marsh, this campground offers visitors wildlife viewing opportunities native to the area as well as explore the region by kayak or canoe. As the name suggests, Wild Duck is an adult only (21+) campground that is intended to provide a quiet, coastal getaway to young couples and retirees alike. RV sites offer 50 amp service as well as full hook-ups and cable. Tents and pop-up camping areas are also offered, with full restrooms and showers.
“This is a beautiful campground that caters to adults only. It feels very secluded but it’s close to everything. The tent sites are pretty close to each other but we had no issues with noise. Bathhouse and bathrooms were very clean. I would definitely stay here again!” — The Dyrt camper Kelli T.
9. Hermit Island Campground—Phippsburg, Maine
Hermit Island is located on the gorgeous peninsula in Small Point. With 270 campsites available to guests, including cabins, tent campsites, and pop-up sites (no RVs), this campground is an excellent place to stay for access to the beaches and cliffs that pepper the coastline. Camping the Maine coast has never been easier than at Hermit Island, as they offer sites with direct ocean views and beach access, as well as sites tucked away in the deep Northern woods. Hiking trails and the small marina and wharf nearby are popular options for campers looking for daily adventures.
“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.” — The Dyrt camper Michele S.
10. Gray Homestead Oceanfront Campground—Southport, Maine
Gray Homestead includes 40 RV sites as well as seasonal campsites with premier access to the ocean and the quaint town of Boothbay Harbor. As a small, family-owned and operated camping destination, Gray Homestead is a phenomenal location for families looking for the right balance between seclusion and proximity to local Maine attractions. In addition to their RV sites, Gray Homestead offers oceanfront cottages and condos, as well as a private beach perfect for lounging or kayaking.
“The beach is small but has everything you could want. Low tide is a blast – rock climbing, creature hunting, sea treasure hunting, etc. High tide add jumping off of a large rock into the ocean instead of the floating dock. Your only limitation is your desire & imagination.” — The Dyrt camper Naomi M.
11. Wolfe’s Neck Oceanfront Camping—Freeport, Maine
With over 626 acres to its name, Wolfe’s Neck Oceanfront camping is a massive campground that offers sites that run the gamut in terms of scenery and access. The inland sites include private tent sites as well as RV sites with full hookups and direct access to the camp store, showers, and other key amenities. Other sites include no hookup RV sites and tent sites on the West Bay, which offers excellent access to both the recreation field and the ever-popular playground. In the Middle Bay, campers can find solace at sites located both deep in the forest or directly on the water. Overall, Wolfe’s Neck offers over 900 campsites, each with a different view of Maine’s expansive coastline.
“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.” — The Dyrt camper Asher K.
12. Lobster Buoy Campsites—South Thomaston, Maine
This well-established campground is perfect for campers seeking a more remote experience while camping the Maine coast. Lobster Buoy includes 40 RV sites as well as 2 cottages, many of which offer direct ocean views. Campsites include 20 and 30 amp power as well as water service. While not officially marked, the eclectic campground offers a tent camping area where guests are able to stay if not camping in an RV. Founded in 1969, this campground has maintained its reputation as a small, family-friendly camping area without much fanfare or bells and whistles. For visitors hoping to do some exploring along with their peaceful camping experience, downtown Rockland is just minutes away.
“One of my favorite places to be. The ocean views are great. It’s very laid back. Not a lot of amenities but you don’t need anything. Just a tent, kayak and a camp chair. You’re good to go!” — The Dyrt camper Chad G.
13. Sagadahoc Bay Campground—Georgetown, Maine
Located on Georgetown Island, Sagadahoc Bay Campground is a top-tier option when it comes to camping the Maine coast. Since it sits right on the water, almost every site has direct views of the ocean, and during low tide, the favorite activity of campers is the mile-long trek out to Sequin Island, normally impossible during high tides. Along with over 100 tent campsites, Sagadahoc Bay offers cabins for rent. Daily activities include swimming, clamming (gear is available for rent at the office), hiking, and wildlife watching.
“If you have kids and dogs, this is a wonderful campground to bring them to. We love, love, love Sagadahoc Bay Campground!” — The Dyrt camper Ming R.
14. Moorings Campground—Belfast, Maine
Moorings campground offers oceanfront RV camping along Penobscot Bay with direct access to local coastal villages and the rugged Maine coastline that visitors love. The best of Moorings’ 44 campsites offer oceanfront access, although all of the sites at Moorings are in view of the Atlantic. Popular activities at Moorings include kayaking (launchable from the private kayak ramp), beachgoing, horseshoes, cornhole, and a playground area for the kids. Each campsite at Moorings offers full hookups and cable. The vast array of activities along with the smaller atmosphere have made Moorings a staple for regulars who love camping the Maine coast throughout the summer.
“Overall, this is a great little private RV park with awesome views (from some sites) and great access to the ocean….Park amenities include private ocean access, horseshoes, playground, laundry, showers/bathrooms, free coffee in the morning, free weekend papers delivered to your site, free donuts on Sunday mornings, and a restaurant on-site.” — The Dyrt camper Nancy W.
15. Searsport Shores Ocean Campground—Searsport, Maine
Located on the middle coast of Maine, Searsport is another favorite when it comes to camping the Maine coast. Located just between Camden (a fun coastal village) and Acadia National Park, Searsport Shores offers 125 campsites, including RV and tent sites with full hookups. Unique to Searsport Shores is their artist in residence program, which offers lucky participants the chance to explore a variety of activities including photography, weaving, and other crafts. The quarter-mile private beach is home to regular music shows (every Wednesday) and oceanfront lobster bakes.
“We are full time RV’rs and have stayed at lots of campgrounds but this place holds a special place in our hearts…Nice hiking trails around the property that out dog just loves. Often there are artists and musicians at events or giving some kind of lessons. If your looking for a place to stay that is not like a national chain, you have found it! Enjoy!” – The Dyrt Camper Dan G.
16. Oceanfront Camping at Reach Knolls—Brooklin, Maine
Eggemoggin Reach is the home to this well-forested campground, which offers 20-30 amp sites for both RVs and tents. This peaceful campground is located just a short walk from the water, but each site, spread evenly through the dense woods, provides its own outdoor getaway. Knolls Reach has both RV and tent sites available, as well as showers, a picnic area, and several wooded trails that provide ample opportunities for exploring the nearby coastal landmarks.
“Great spot!! Friendly helpful owner, Lauri and mom, Carol. Nice layout and design with water access and nice view. Oh, and a great outdoor shower.” — The Dyrt camper Chuck W.
17. Bar Harbor Campground—Bar Harbor, Maine
Bar Harbor is a family-owned destination that bears the title of being the closest campground to the town of Bar Harbor as well as Acadia National Park, making it a premier destination for visitors hoping to get the full experience when camping the Maine coast. From oceanview sites to pull-thru RV sites to tent sites with basic amenities, Bar Harbor truly has something for everyone on the camping radar.
In addition to over 100 campsites, Bar Harbor campground offers a dump station, workout facility, and even a camp store. For families and tour groups looking to get around Mount Desert Island (including Acadia National Park), the Island Explorer shuttle stops at Bar Harbor campground a whopping 24 times a day. Visitors should note that Bar Harbor campground is a no reservation facility, so be sure to arrive early on popular camping weekends!
“This is the only campground on Mt. Desert Island near Acadia National Park that is first come, first served. But, come early! Great campsites, lots of options for both tents and RV’s, clean bathrooms, 50 cent showers, dishwashing sinks, and a playground for the kiddos…it makes for an easy place to retreat to if you are visiting Acadia National Park and/or Bar Harbor.” — The Dyrt camper Shari G.
18. Quietside Campground—Bernard, Maine
Camping the Maine coast is at its most rustic at Quietside, a campground that contains 35 campsites set evenly through a thick forest. Six log cabins adorn the Quietside property along with two rustic camping cabins and a multi-level camping cabin. All tent sites come with full tent platforms, along with an outdoor fire pit and a picnic table. While the camping experience at Quietside isn’t necessarily akin to a KOA, the simple amenities and rustic location make it a popular location for visitors hoping to experience some solitude while still being in close proximity to Acadia National Park.
“Hidden gem. Rustic, quiet and affordable. Super friendly owners. Cabins are awesome!” — The Dyrt camper Alessia D.
19. Blackwoods Campground—Acadia National Park (Otter Creek, Maine)
Mt. Desert Island is home to Blackwoods campground, which nearly 306 campsites that can accommodate both RVs and tents. There are no hookups or utilities at this campground, but its location and size make it an extremely popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts hoping to explore the iconic Acadia National Park. Between Bar Harbor’s pristine views and the chance to view some of Maine’s best natural scenery, Blackwoods is as good as it gets when it comes to a base camp for east coast adventures of all kinds.
“Explore Acadia from this fantastic site! This site is simply amazing all around. I’ve stayed here several times, both with just a few people and with whole groups and every time it has been fantastic. The last time we stayed and it happened to rain a couple of times over our five day trip. This didn’t stop us from biking the carriage trails or taking the free shuttle out to Bar Harbor and exploring there.” — The Dyrt camper Joseph N.
20. Schoodic Woods Campground—Winter Harbor, Maine
Schoodic Woods is located in Acadia National Park and provides top tier outdoor recreation when it comes to camping the Maine coast. Located on the Schoodic Peninsula, this campground is 1.5 miles southeast of Winter Harbor, just an hour’s drive from the central portion of the park. For visitors looking to stay a little more local, the Schoodic Peninsula provides a plethora of recreational opportunities, including a six-mile tour loop offering previews of lighthouses and other unique coastal attractions as well as nearly ten miles of trails for hiking and biking around the area. Schoodic Woods campground primarily accommodates tent campers but can receive smaller RVs as well.
“We loved this campground! The sites are large and private … Schoodic Point and Frazier Point offer breathtaking views and are just a short drive or bike ride away. Our kids loved Frazier Point at low tide and spent hours searching in the tide pools. Sunsets are amazing here as well.” — The Dyrt camper Shelley B.
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