Gary G.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Aug. 22, 2017

Camping in the County!

We love to camp in State Parks, and the North East has plenty of them to try. For many years, I have looked at a spot on my Maine map called Aroostook State Park, way up north near the great city of Presque Isle. On the spur of the moment, our well travelled group decided to spend the weekend camping in Aroostook County and the great Maine woods!

  • Our camping buddies were close but not right on top of us... the location of the sites made it easy to get together but also allowed some space.
  • Outhouses were strategically located, clean, and well maintained.
  • There is a bear proof dumpster and a recycling center, but no dump station for RVs.
  • Canoes and kayaks are available to rent... we brought our own kayaks but some how forgot the life jackets.  The Rangers were willing to loan us some for the weekend!
  • There is a basic playground with swings for children and some foolish adults!
  • I camp with a very shy crew!
  • There was an interesting outhouse available for peak campers.
  • After the hike, we kayaked on Echo Lake to get a view of Quaggy Joe, North and South peaks from the water.
  • Our 21 ft. hybrid camper had plenty of room with lots of open space camp furniture, corn hole, and bikes.
  • The sites are large, flat, and all have a fire ring on the correct side for campers and RVs.
  • There are even sites large enough to park a bus in!
  • With only 30 total sites, one bathhouse with showers and flushing toilets served the crowd well.
  • The North Peak also had some sweet camping spots!
  • The campground sits next to Echo Lake, where there is a boat launch and swimming area.  Great fresh water can be found here and in the surrounding area!
  • You never know what will "pop up" from behind a rock!
  • A nice lean to on top of South Peak would be a great getaway if you were staying several nights.  Open ledges would provide some great star gazing.
  • We think this is 3 Fingered Willie's old cabin, but didn't dare to check it out too closely!
  • We are peak baggers by trade, so the temptation to scoot up Quaggy Joe (or QuaQua) was too much to resist.  It ended being a fairly difficult hike with some awesome scrambling and steep parts that pushed some of our party to the max!  You wouldn't think a 1,123 ft. mountain would be a challenge!  The loop hike we took ended up being about 3.6 miles.  Awesome hike!
  • We could tell upon arrival that this is a well kept campground and State Park.
  • There are several hiking trails of varied difficulty, cross country ski trails, and places to mountain bike.
SiteThree couples occupied sites 22, 23, and 25.

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