This is a great family campground. Lots to do and it is massive! You can bike for ever and go to the lake! Camp store literally has anything you would need. Usually pretty busy, you will have neighbors, who can get loud. Make sure you set up your tent in preparedness for rain! Bathrooms are usually always busy, and are pretty dirty from people coming back from the beach. SAND EVERYWHERE!
Gates at check in can take some time, as well as finding your site.
We went early picked our site then went to the Sand Dunes for the day (we had to drive there). Not too many sites, and relatively spread out. Bear storage available as well as fire pits and picnic tables. There are some sites that have awesome views, we lucked out and has a great view of the valley, but we had to suffer by not having a lot of flat ground. The road up to camp is long and rocky.
Would go back for sure!
Don't forget to go to the Falls! And if you are really into it, go for the lake hike!
Stayed here the night before taking on Katahdin. We had 2 tents, right next to the stream. BOOK EARLY! We did our research and found that this campground would work out best for the hike that we wanted to do. We did the Hunt Trail (part of the AT) and the trail head is next to the campground. You can also pay to just park at the Stream as well. We ended up getting in somewhat late, so set up camp close to dark. Ranger station is there as well that sells wood and is a useful resource for those that haven't hiked the area before.
You'll take a road out of Alma, travel for about 6 miles on a pretty rough road. High clearance vehicle definitely won't hurt. Did see a Porsche, but they did not drive all the way to the end. People drive up to camp and to park to hike the Quad. We drove up and set up camp Saturday, lot was super packed. and campsites were already taken. Fee is $12, but I believe that is only for designated spots. I've heard there is only 4 sites for the area, but there were more than 4 groups set up. So sites itself are not clearly marked and identifiable.
We ended up crossing the stream and setting up camp there. So prepare to be able to walk your stuff out if the sites by the parking lot fill up quickly.
Hiked the Quad on Sunday, and not nearly as much traffic/cars compared to Sunday.
No water on site, 1 bathroom (1male, 1female). Next to a lake, above treeline so prepare for wind!!!
Would stay here just to camp, the sky was awesome at night and the mountain views around were epic.
Frequent camper here.
Lots of trees, so hammocking is a great option. Fills up fast and first come first serve, so arrive accordingly. Toilets are always clean and stocked. Very easy to find and the road is not bad on the way in. In a neat little valley surrounded by mountains, and by the side of Cottonwood Lake. People come here just to fish, so bring your gear! Lots of deer activity.
Dispersed camping up at the lake. I say anything next to water is a bonus!
For Night 1 we hiked in stayed somewhere off the trail, at what seemed like a horse camp stop. Night 2 we stayed up at the lake campground. Got there early afternoon and was able to claim a prime spot. There is not much access to the water, so those spots get taken up rather quickly.
Great views, awesome sunrise.