Where to Camp in the Pine Tree State
If you’ve ever been camping in Maine, you know what a stunning environment it is. And if you haven’t… well, what are you waiting for?
Maine is known for miles of rocky Atlantic coastline, tall evergreens, and abundant wildlife such as bear, moose, deer and a variety of birds. Of course, Maine’s coastal locale makes it a great fishing destination as well.
Here are our picks for the 10 best places to camp in Maine.
1. Baxter State Park – Millinocket
Whether in the frontcountry at roadside campgrounds or in the backcountry camping at remote sites reached only by hiking, camping is one of the most popular activities in the Park. Our campsites range from small cabins, to bunkhouses shared with others, to remote tent sites and leantos you can have all to yourself. Some campsites in the Park have been used for nearly a century. Learn more.
2. Bradbury Mountain State Park – Pownal
Bradbury Mountain is proudly open all-year, from 9am till sunset (unless otherwise posted). It’s wonderful place to spend a day or afternoon exploring trails, taking in the magnificent view from the summit, or enjoying a picnic under a canopy of trees. One of the original five state parks, Bradbury Mountain was acquired by the Federal government in 1939. Learn more.
3. Acadia National Park – Mount Desert
People have been drawn to the rugged coast of Maine throughout history. Awed by its beauty and diversity, early 20th-century visionaries donated the land that became Acadia National Park. The park is home to many plants and animals, and the tallest mountain on the U.S. Atlantic coast. Today visitors come to Acadia to hike granite peaks, bike historic carriage roads, or relax and enjoy the scenery. Learn more.
4. Hermit Island Campground – Bath
Hermit Island Campground is a family-oriented seasonal campground located on a 255 acre peninsula in Small Point at the southern tip of Phippsburg. The campground is accessed by a right-of-way which goes across a sand causeway. Hermit Island is roughly 1.5 miles long and .5 miles wide at the widest point. Most of the campsites are on the southern end of the island. The northern end has several beaches, hiking trails, and a small marina and wharf. Learn more.
5. Lake Pemaquid Campground – Damariscotta
Seven Mile Lake Pemaquid offers over 15 miles of water for Fishing and Exploration with access by boat to Biscay Pond, Duck Puddle Pond and Pemaquid River. Learn more.
6. Searsport Shores – Searsport
This Maine campground offers the ocean at your site and picturesque Maine Harbors around every corner. Worried about Maine weather? We’ll help you find lighthouses in the fog, blueberries in every restaurant and lobsters straight from the ocean every day. Learn more.
7. Cobscook Bay State Park – Dennysville
Cobscook Bay State Park is a great base for family camping and explorations in easternmost Maine. Many of the park’s 106 campsites (both for tenting and RVs) border Whiting Bay, a sheltered inlet within the larger bay. The Park offers a boat launch for those with the experience to handle boating in challenging conditions (with rapids created by fast-moving tides). Learn more.
8. Blackwoods Campground – Bar Harbor
Blackwoods Campground provides a forested year round Acadia National Park setting on Mount Desert Island. There are approximately 306 camping sites. Showers are nearby but there are no hookups or utilities provided in the campground. Cadillac Mountain is directly north and the ocean is a short walk to the south. Camping requires appropriate registration and payment of both entrance and recreational use fees (camping). Campsites are limited to two tents, six individuals, and one vehicle. Learn more.
9. Lily Bay State Park – Beaver Cove
A 2-mile walking trail follows the shoreline between the beach and Rowell Cove campground, offering easy terrain and nice views out to Moosehead Lake. The Park offers groomed cross-country ski trails overlooking the lake (and a plowed parking area) during winter months. Learn more.
10. Crocker Pond Campground – Bethel
This secluded, 7 site campground is located on the edge of Crocker Pond under a towering white pine forest. Crocker Pond along with several other nearby fishing ponds have boat launches for non-motorized boats. Learn more.
Do you have a favorite camping spot in Maine that wasn’t included on this list? Let us know in the comments!
And be sure to check out the rest of our Best Campgrounds in the US series.