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Camping in Maine

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If you've never been camping in Maine, you're really missing out on a wonderful adventure. There's nothing like the fresh air and wide open spaces of Maine for the perfect camping vacation. With its thousands of lakes and ponds and miles upon miles of rivers, streams and coastline, Maine is an outdoor enthusiast's paradise.


Many people go camping in Maine during the summer to escape the oppressive heat or crowded cities. Opportunities abound all over the state for camping in any style you wish.

What does camping mean to you?

Is it "roughing it" and pitching a tent just off the beaten path? Maybe you prefer the comfort of a pop-up camper or travel trailer? Or do you ride in style with a fully decked out RV? Is a small, quiet campground your speed? Or do you just love the activity of mega-large camping resorts? Woods, lake or ocean?

Whatever your style, you're sure to find what you're looking for while camping in Maine. With over 22,000 campsites all over the state, there's certain to be several that meet your needs!

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What better way to enjoy all that Maine has to offer than camping? With fresh and salt water fishing, kayaking, canoeing, bird and wildlife watching, biking, hiking, rock climbing, whitewater rafting and more on the list of daily outdoor activities in Maine, you'll never be bored.




Camping in Maine - Planning Your Trip

The busiest time for camping in Maine is from when the schools let out in mid to late June through August. If you are planning on camping in Maine during this time, be sure to reserve your spot ahead of time. Many of the campgrounds require minimum stays during holiday weekends and busy summer weeks, so make sure to plan ahead. Also be sure to know the cancellation policies at whatever campground you book, since they can vary from place to place.

You'll want to pay close attention to the facilities that campgrounds in Maine offer. Do they have what you need in terms of campsite size, water, electrical hook-ups and so on. Do you prefer large, open, sunny spots or shaded, wooded sites? Is being on the water (lake, stream or ocean) important to you? Maine offers a lot of campsites on the water, but you may have to really book early to get them - they are highly sought after!

Camping in Maine

Camping in Maine during the spring or summer? Don't forget the bug spray!! Spring brings black flies and summer brings the mosquitos. Be prepared with bug repellent so you can enjoy the outdoors without getting bitten to death. Also, be on the look out for ticks, which are definitely around - both the dog ticks and the lyme carrying deer ticks. Inspect yourself well!

Think about the activities you'll be looking for when choosing a location and a campground. Do you want to just stay put and relax and enjoy the campground? If so, you might want a larger place that offers a pool and/or activities for both adults and kids. I know my kids love participating in campground activities and events - games, dances, craft-time, mini-festivals and so on. If you don't have kids, maybe you'd like a quieter place that offers social activities for adults.

Camping in Maine is an affordable way to visit the popular tourist destinations where hotels are notoriously pricey. If the campsite is just a place to sleep and you plan to be out and about exploring the local area, then campground amenities may not be as important. You'll want to look for campgrounds that are conveniently located so day trips and outings are quick and easy. Campgrounds in coastal Maine are a great alternative to expensive hotels, yet still allow you to take advantage of seaside dining, shopping, tours, beaches and the like.




Camping in Maine Acadia National Park in Fall

Though summer is most popular, if you love hiking (or just taking scenic drives), consider camping in Maine during the fall when the foliage is ablaze with spectacular color. Although the nights can be quite cool, we still get many warm, sometimes very warm, days during the fall. The air is crisp, the colors are outstanding and many of the tourists have cleared out making it a very enjoyable time to be visiting. Walking the beaches at this time of year is also a wonderfully relaxing, soul soothing experience.




Camping Along Maine's Coast

Maine's coastline can be broken down into 4 regions - Downeast/Acadia, Mid-Coast, Greater Portland and the Southern Maine beaches. Each area has a number of different campgrounds where you can set up camp for a couple days, a week or a season and enjoy the surrounding area's sights and attractions.


Downeast/Acadia

Home to the second most visited National Park in the United States, Acadia, the Downeast region is a favorite with people who love to enjoy the great outdoors. The area also boasts the most lighthouses in Maine (twenty-four!), puffins, whales, moose, eagles and more wildlife for watching. Imagine picking wild blueberries (there's tons of them here) each day for your morning cereal or pancakes cooked over the fire or on a campstove.

Naturally, Downeast Maine is a hugely popular camping area with more than 25 campgrounds to choose from. If you want to camp in Acadia National Park, you can choose from Blackwoods Campground (year-round) or Seawall Campground (seasonal). Most of the site accommodate tents with some for campers and RVs, though no electrical hook-ups are available.

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Mid-Coast Maine

The mid-coast region of Maine is a beautiful area heavily influenced by the ocean and all related activities. Home to the popular tourist destinations of Camden, Rockport, Rockland and Boothbay Harbor, the area offers over 20 campgrounds to choose from. While most of the area's coastline is rocky, there are two beautiful sandy beach areas - Popham Beach and Reid State Park in Georgetown. Freeport, Portland and several islands are also easy day trips from mid-coast Maine.


Camden Hills State Park Camping in Maine

There are many campgrounds of all sizes to choose from either right on the coast or inland. From tent camping in Camden Hills State Park where you can drive to the top of Mount Battie for gorgeous views of the harbor, to RV camping right on the ocean at Moorings Oceanfront RV Resort you'll find more than enough to meet your needs.

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Don't have a tent or camper but still want to camp? Many campgrounds in Maine offer rentals of campers, trailers, cottages or cabins with everything you need for a fun vacation.

Greater Portland

What's better than the wilderness living of camping, yet being minutes from Maine's largest city and all it's ridiculously good dining, cultural activities, shopping and nightlife? Or how about the amazing outlet shopping of the Freeport area AND the famous LL Bean store? Want to hop aboard the Casco Bay Lines ferry boats to spend the day on Peaks or Bailey Island? Or maybe you want to spend time at the beautiful Fort Williams State Park and see the Portland Head Light? Camp in this area and all this and more is at your doorstep.


Recompence Shore Camping in Freeport Maine

With nearly ten campgrounds in the greater Portland and Freeport area, you'll be sure to find something perfect for you. Stand outs include Wassamki Springs in Scarborough and Recompence Shore Campground at Wolfe's Neck Farm in Freeport.

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Southern Maine

With more than 40 campgrounds in Southern Maine, over 20 close to the coast, this area has a lot to offer campers. Campgrounds of all sizes are located all around the coast from Old Orchard Beach down to York and inland. From large resort camping facilities to small adult only campgrounds, there is a ton to choose from. What an economical way to stay in one of the hottest summer destinations!

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Camping in Maine is an experience you and your family will likely never forget. So make a plan, reserve a site, gather the equipment, pack for any type of weather (you never know here in Maine!) and don't forget the s'mores!


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