Top 5 Camping Sites in Maine Jun 6, 2017 by Nicole (Awesome Escape Blogger)
Dominated by rugged shorelines, scenic mountain lakes, and dense woodlands, camping in Maine is both pleasurable and unpredictable at the same time. If you are looking to escape to a simpler world and spend your days and nights in the lap of Mother Nature, Maine will give you tons of options. Whether you love being lulled to sleep by the haunting sounds of ocean waves, or enjoy waking up to the grandeur of pine forests, Maine boasts of an exhaustive selection of camping spots that go from wild to idyllic. Check out our five favorite camping sites in Maine.
Baxter State Park
Baxter State Park is a haven for backcountry campers. Dominated by the sweeping slopes of Mount Katahdin, this spectacular 2,000-acre backcountry campground is a bit wilder than the typical state parks found in Maine. Baxter State Park is considered the last unspoiled wilderness on the East Coast. We recommend two spots for backcountry camping in Baxter—Roaring Brook or Chimney Rock three miles further into the wilderness area. People hiking the Katahdin will invariably cross Chimney Rock along the way so that's a nice way to reach the camping ground as well. Both these camping spots have tent sites, bunkhouses, lean-tos, as well as cabins with few modern amenities—but not enough to decrease your sense of adventure in the wilderness.
Sebago Lake State Park
Deemed as the largest campground in Southern Maine, Sebago Lake State Park offers over 200 clean campsites and modern facilities. Some of them are reservable and must be booked at least 4 nights ahead of the actual camping date, while others don't require you to reserve any. There are restrooms with hot showers and a table and fireplace for each tent site. Water and electric hookups are available too. The main campground is located far away from the park area and includes almost 5 miles of hiking trails that provide a break from the daily hustle-bustle of the busiest state park of Maine. Hikers can also participate in the park's interactive program that seeks to enhance summertime visits with an amphitheater performance, nature center, and other outdoor activities for the young and old alike. There are umpteen opportunities for fishing and boating too, as the clean, mirror-like water of Lake Sebago supports a huge population of salmon and lake trout.
Hermit Island Campground
Located in Casco Bay, Phippsburg, Hermit Island Campground is touted as the best saltwater camping ground in the whole of Maine. It's a vast, family-oriented campground consisting of over 270 campsites sprawled across the peninsula near rocky cliffs, pristine sandy beaches and woodlands. The campgrounds are easy to access and just a stone's throw away from the Kennebeck River and Popham Beach State Park. With six verdant beaches that only campers can visit, it offers relative solitude to enjoy nature on your own. And the fact that no recreational vehicles or trailers are allowed on the campground keeps the area quiet and peaceful.
Cobscook Bay State Park
With dramatic tidal ranges extending up to 24 feet, Cobscook Bay State Park is a remarkable place to camp, especially if you enjoy exploring the hidden gems of nature. The craggy shoreline, the proximity to the sea, and the huge tides around the park are all major attractions that make the campsite unique in its own right. Additionally, there are over 100 tent sites that accommodate RV-drivers, hikers, campers, and offer modern facilities such as showers, clean drinking water and modern plumbing. Adirondack shelters, pop-up tents and vehicles over 35' are available as well. To top it all, Cobscook is regularly frequented by bald eagles and other exotic birds; that is why it is the favorite spot for bird-watchers and nature-lovers during the migration season.
Mount Blue State Park
Offering spectacular views of Weld and the surrounding mountains, this lakeside park boasts of a diverse variety of activities for visitors year-round. At over 8,000-acres, Mount Blue State Park is the largest state park of Maine. Located in the mountainous terrain of western Maine, this state park offers incredible opportunities for hiking, camping, swimming and biking, as well as a huge network of trails, a beach, camping ground, picnic area and boat launch. The Nature Center located nearby, showcases interactive displays and hands-on exhibits for entertainment on rainy days. The park also has an amphitheater where evening programs for campers are held.
All the top five camping sites in Maine offer exhilarating opportunities for adventure, leisure, and impeccable views that are sure to stay in your memories and bring a smile on your face long after you return back to your everyday life.