Camping

Ralph Waldo Emerson  once said, “In the presence of nature, a wild delight runs through the man, in spite of real sorrows.” There is something about getting away from it all in nature that revitalizes you. Camping is not only a wonderful way to reconnect with nature and your family and friends, but it even has some great health benefits! A University of Michigan study found “that just a few minutes walking in nature can reduce depressive symptoms, which is common in people who live in urban spaces.” Click here to see some of the benefits of camping. Also, take a look at the map on this webpage to see the many beautiful areas throughout Maine.

While you’re outdoors, be sure to follow the Leave No Trace Seven Principles provided by Summer Camp Hub!

Camping in Maine
Camping in Maine

Aroostook County

The county is a camper’s paradise! Take a look at these web sites to see the many campgrounds across this lovely undiscovered region:  CampMaine,  Maine Tourism, or VisitMaine. Here are some more remote, undiscovered camping places:

  • Allagash Gateway Campground & Cabins Chesuncook Lake Rd, T3-R12ME | (207) 723-9215
    • Located on Ripogenus Lake and offering cabins, premium/primitive campsites, RV sites, canoe/kayak rentals, hunting, & fishing.
  • Aroostook State Park 87 State Park Rd, Presque Isle, ME 04769 | (207) 768-8341
    • This became Maine’s first state park in 1939 after interested citizens of Presque Isle donated 100 acres of land to the State of Maine. Today, the park has almost 800 acres and offers activities such as camping, canoeing, hiking, and more.
  • Barnett’s Cabins, RV and Camping 1140 Silver Ridge Rd, Silver Ridge Township, ME 04776 | (207) 365-4147
    • Cozy cabins ideally located for hunting, fishing, hiking, and winter outdoor activities!
  • Camper’s Paradise 433 Simpson Rd, Westfield, ME 04787 | (207) 429-8178
    • Local campsite offering tent and RV sites, in-ground pool, a store, and a small event hall.
  • Caribou Maine Cabin Rentals 259 Lombard Rd, Caribou, ME 04736 | (207) 498-2800
    • Four 2 bedroom cabins located in the heart of snowmobile country. A great place for all seasons: snowmobiling and skiing in the winter, fishing, and hunting in the spring, riding ATV trails in the summer, or viewing the beautiful fall foliage.
  • Deboullie Public Reserved Land Off of Rte 161 in St. Francis, ME 04774
    • 21,871-acre lands with remote campsites on 17 crystal clear trout ponds surrounded by rugged mountains. It is east of the Allagash Wilderness Waterway and 30 miles from the Canadian border.
  • Eagle Lake Public Reserved Land Eagle Lake, ME 04739
    • “Eagle Lake is a 23,000-acre unit including most of Eagle Lake in northern Maine. The unit abuts Square Lake to the east with a thoroughfare connecting the two lakes.”
  • Grand Isle Campground 288 Main St, Grand Isle, ME 04746 | (207) 227-1177
    • This campground welcomes RV’s, trailers, and tents and offers amenities like WiFi, zip lining, showers and public restrooms, as well as access to ATV trails and a boat ramp!
  • Living Waters Bible Camp 47 Dark Cove Rd, Weston, ME 04424 | 207-448-2310
    • Living Waters puts on numerous summer camps and retreats for children, teens, men, women, and families! Be sure to also check out their wilderness adventures program!
  • Long Lake Camping Area 182 Sinclair Rd, Sinclair, ME 04779 | (207) 543-7563
    • This family-friendly camping area is located alongside beautiful Long Lake in Sinclair. They even have occasional community events!
  • My Brother’s Place 659 North St, Houlton, ME 04730 | (207) 532-6739
    • Spacious grass sites, bathhouse, and laundry room. The recreation and dining rooms are great for groups to have meals, dances, reunions, and other get-togethers. They are open from May to October, pets are allowed, and Wi-Fi is available.
  • Pelletier Campgrounds 1007 Main St, St. Francis, ME 04774 | (207) 398-3187
    • Great campground offering overnight canoe trips on the Allagash River in Maine-made Old Town Canoes!
  • Portage Lake Campground West Rd, Portage Lake, ME 04768 | (207) 435-4361
    • Public RV campground with six electric-hookup sites, conveniently located by the town boat launch.
  • Riverside Wesleyan 190 Wesleyan Ln, Blaine, ME 04734 | (207) 764-5187
    • Register for one of their summer camps for an exciting experience in a beautiful part of Aroostook County!
  • Scopan Public Reserved Land Township 11, Range 4, between Presque Isle and Ashland, ME | (207) 622-3101
    • “The Scopan Unit contains some of the most rugged terrain in Aroostook County, including 1,400-foot high Scopan Mountain. From Scopan Mountain hikers can view Katahdin and Alder Lake, and can enjoy seasonal waterfalls.”
  • Water’s Edge RV Park and Campground 334 Sinclair Rd, Sinclair, ME 04779
    • This campground offers cabins, RV hookup sites, and access to the beautiful Mud Lake!
  • Whited Bible Camp 790 US-1, Bridgewater, ME  04735 | (207) 429-9731
    • Be sure to sign up for one of their many different summer camps for kids, teens, and families!
  • Wilderness Pines Campground 83 West Conroy Lake Rd, Monticello, ME 04760
    • Serenity, nature and everything else you could want from a campground!

DownEast Maine

  • Amherst Mountains Community Forest Rte 9, Amherst, ME 04605 | (207) 941-4412
    • If you’re looking for an outdoor adventure, look no further! Here you can find recreation trails, wildlife, remote camping, and more!
  • Cobscook Bay State Park 40 South Edmunds Rd, Dennysville, ME 04628 | (207) 853-4644
    • At this state park, there are a variety of activities available all year long, including cross country skiing, snowshoeing, winter camping, hiking, and biking.
  • Cutler Coast Public Reserved Land 425 ME-191, Cutler, ME 04626 | (207) 941-4412
    • Three remote tent sites, ten miles of trails, and spectacular views from the property’s steep cliffs. It is a 12,334-acre expanse that also has blueberry barrens, woodlands, peatlands, and 4.5 miles of headlands overlooking the Bay of Fundy.
  • Donnell Park Public Reserved Land Schoodic Beach Rd, Franklin, ME 04634 | (207) 941-4412
    • Water access campsites can be found on Donnell Pond, the southern end of Tunk Lake, and Spring River Lake. Walk-in access to campsites is available from the Schoodic Beach access trail. This area is a great spot for long hikes and beautiful views.
  • Duck Lake Public Reserved Land Lakeville Twp, ME 04487 | (207) 941-4412
    • Visitors enjoy camping and fishing in this semi-remote area surrounded by lakes. Duck Lake, the Unknown Lakes, and Gassabias Lake offer fishing, boating, swimming, camping, and snowmobiling.
  • Greenlaw’s RV Park & Campground Greenlaw’s Park Rd, Stonington, ME 04681 | (207) 200-1279
    • A small, quiet campground with large wooded or open campsites, and spaces for campgrounds and RVs.
  • Keenes Lake Family Campground 70 Keenes Lake Rd, Calais, ME 04619 | (207) 454-2022
    • “Nestle by a campfire and enjoy the sounds of the loons throughout the summer months. Located about ten miles from the Canadian border you can have a two-nation vacation!”
  • Machias River Corridor Machias River, Machias, ME 04654 | (207) 941-4412
    • This corridor envelopes the Machias River, which features the country’s largest self-sustaining wild Atlantic salmon run. This spot is great for camping, birding, fishing, hunting, and it is particularly popular with experienced paddlers.
  • Rocky Lake Public Reserved Land Rocky Lake, ME 04691 | (207) 941-4412
    • “With 11,000 acres of woodlands and wetlands bordering three lakes near East Machias, the Rocky Lake Public Lands provide opportunities for boating, camping, and fishing in a wildlife-rich setting.”
  • Sunset Point RV Park 37 Sunset Rd, Lubec, ME 04652 | (207) 733-2272
    • Beautiful campsite overlooking Johnson Bay with several sites for either RVs or tents.

Western Maine

  • Here are some pristine camping spots on little-known Maine public lands.
  • Aziscoos Campground Littlehale Rd, Wilsons Mills Rd, ME 03579 | (207) 486-3271
    • This lovely campground offers the classic Maine camping experience, with electric hookup sites and showers available on-site.
  • Aziscoos Lake Wilderness Camping PO Box 1036, Rangeley, ME 04970 | (207) 864-9037
    • Basic camping, picnic tables, fireplaces, some shelters. Eight sites on beautiful Aziscoos Lake.
  • Bethel Outdoor Adventure and Campground 121 Mayville Rd, Bethel ME 04217 | (207) 824-4224
    • Located right next to the Androscoggin River, you’re sure to encounter plenty of beauty during your stay at this campground!
  • Bigelow Preserve Public Reserved Land Farmington, ME 04938 | (207) 778-8231
    • Swimming, fishing, and camping, and of course hiking! These are all things you can do at Bigelow Preserve! The preserve encompasses the entire Bigelow Range, which includes seven summits and Flagstaff Lake. West Peak, the highest summit, is 4,10 feet and is one of only ten Maine summits over 4,000 in elevation.
  • Birch Rock Camp for Boys 293 McWain Hill Rd, Waterford, ME 04088 | (207) 583-4478
    • This classic Maine summer camp is known for being the smallest summer camp in Maine, and offering a uniquely tight-knit and intimate community experience!
  • Black Brook Cove Campground 4 Balsam Rd, Lincoln Plantation, ME 03579 | (207) 486-3828
    • Three different campsite sections available, one with power and running water. There are a general store and bathhouse as well.
  • The Bluffs Campground and Mini Golf 261 Davenport Hill Rd, Jay, ME 04239 | (207) 645-6083
    • This large campground offers full-service sites, primitive sites, swimming pool, volleyball court, and 18 hole mini golf!
  • Bosebuck Mountain Camps 2013 Parmachenee Rd, Errol, ME 03579 | (207) 670-0013
    • This classic, lakeside, Maine camp provides cozy cabins and a beautiful lodge, as well as guided hunting and fishing, snowmobiling facilities, and delicious home-cooked meals for guests.
  • Brownfield Camp 262 Main St, Brownfield, ME 04010 | (207) 693-7011
    • Ideally located wooden cabin rental in Brownfield, with convenient access to snowmobile trails and great fishing and hunting areas, as well as several lakes and the Saco River.
  • Camp Arcadia 1578 ME-121, Otisfield, ME 04270 | (207) 627-4605
    • This historic girls’ summer camp offers girls a chance to build confidence, new skills, and lifelong friendships in a classic Maine lakeside setting.
  • Camp Encore/Coda 50 Encore/Coda Ln, Sweden, ME 04040 | (207) 647-3947
    • This unique summer camp, located on beautiful Stearns Pond, combines a classic Maine camp experience with a focus on music for talented young musicians.
  • Camp Susan Curtis 236 Allen Rd, Stoneham, ME 04231 | (207) 774-1552
    • This beautiful summer camp, founded by former Maine governor Kenneth Curtis, provides a classic Maine camp experience for Maine youths facing economic hardship.
  • Camp Tapawingo 166 Tapawingo Rd, Sweden, ME 04040 | (207) 647-3351
    • This small summer camp offers girls an enriching camp experience in an intimate, fun, and nurturing environment.
  • Camp Walden 93 Camp Walden Rd, Denmark, ME 04022 | (207) 452-2901
    • Camp Walden is a traditional, 7-week overnight girls’ summer camp that has been operating for over 100 years!
  • Camp Waziyatah 530 Mill Hill Rd, Waterford, ME 04088 | (207) 583-2267
    • This highly-rated summer camp for boys and girls was featured on the Disney Channel’s Bug Juice docu-series, and is a great place for boys and girls to get the classic Maine summer camp experience.
  • Camp Wekeela 1750 Bear Pond Rd, Hartford, ME 04220 | (201) 612-5125
    • This classic Maine summer camp is the perfect place for your child to grow, build lasting friendships, and have a blast!
  • Camp Wigwam for Boys 57 Fl 85, Waterford, ME 04088 | (207) 583-2300
    • Camp Wigwam offers a traditional Maine summer camp experience with emphasis on tennis, golf, and the arts.
  • Canal Bridge Campground 2144 Rte 5, Fryeburg, ME 04037 | (207) 935-2286
    • This family-friendly campsite along the sandy beaches of the Saco River offers great river access and close access to other Fryeburg and area attractions.
  • Cathedral Pines Campground 945 The Arnold Trail, Eustis, ME 04936 | (207) 246-3491
    • Located in a red pine forest on the shore of Flagstaff Lake, this campground offers 115 tent and trailer sites, electrical and water hookups, toilets, showers, internet, and more.
  • Chain of Ponds Primitive Campground Rte 27, North Franklin, ME 04936
    • This bare-bones campsite provides a conveniently-located spot to set up camp on a first-come first-serve basis. A well-prepared camper couldn’t ask for a better spot than this, surrounded by the gorgeous Chain of Ponds!
  • Coos Canyon Campground & Cabins 445 Swift River Rd, Byron, ME 04275 | (207) 364-3880
    • This campsite, alongside the Swift River, offers tent and RV sites, as well as cozy cabin rentals.
  • Dead River Public Preserved Land Dead River Township, ME 04961
    • Includes several miles of shore on Flagstaff Lake and the first few miles of the Dead River. Visitors can go camping at the lake’s sites which are accessible by boat, and at the vehicle accessible campground at Big Eddy on the river.
  • Deer Farm Camps & Campground 495 Tufts Pond Rd, Kingfield, ME 04947 | (207) 265-4599
    • Check out this campground’s image gallery, it’ll speak for itself!
  • Dummer’s Beach Campground 9 Dummer’s Beach Ln, Weld, Maine, 04285 | (207) 585-2200
    • From waterfront sites to pine tree sites. From seasonal sites to cottages and trailers. There are many sites to choose from.
  • Fiddlehead Campground 13 Lovell Rd, Fryeburg, ME 04037 | (207) 730-1878
    • This Saco River campground offers great access to sandy river beaches and specializes in rentals and shuttle service for river tubing!
  • Four Ponds Public Land ME-17 in Township D or Rte 4 in Sandy River, ME
    • This 6,000-acre expanse of public land has a lot to offer! The Appalachian Trail winds through the property, passing the beautiful Sabbath Day Pond and its lean-to, as well as the Little Swift River Pond and its primitive campsite. This is a great destination for hiking a section of the Trail, swimming, and snowmobiling in the wintertime.
  • Fox Carlton Pond Sporting Camps Fox Carlton Pond Rd, Phillips, ME 04966 | (207) 639-2538
    • The popular Fox Carlton Pond Sporting Camps offers camping and RV sites, air-conditioned cabins, ATV and boat rentals, fly fishing lessons, and guided trips. Check out their site for more info on ATV and fishing events throughout the season.
  • Grafton Notch Campground 1472 Bear River Rd, Newry, ME 04261 | (207) 824-2292
    • A beautiful and affordable campground located right next to the Bear River and nearby Grafton Notch State Park.
  • Granger Pond Camping Area Kamp Ln, Denmark, ME 04022 | (207) 452-2342
    • Located alongside Granger Pond with a well-maintained private beach, this campsite offers quiet tent and RV sites with every campsite amenity.
  • Grant’s Kennebago Camps 133 Grant’s Camps Ln, North Franklin, ME 04970 | (207) 864-3608
    • Grant’s Kennebago Camps provides a traditional sporting camp experience! They offer 3 home-cooked meals a day, comfortable accommodations, and specialty fly fishing, hunting, golfing, and “moosing” packages.
  • Hebron Pines RV and Golf 400 Buckfield Rd, Hebron, ME 04238 | (207) 740-2179
    • Offering a 9-hole golf course, a cozy campground, and an on-site event hall.
  • Holeb Public Reserved Land Holeb Pond, Northwest Somerset, ME 04945
    • Traditional activities include camping, hiking, fishing, and hunting. Along with this, there is a popular three day canoe trip carrying visitors through Attean Pond and Moose River. The trip includes both Class I and II rapids and a waterfall, and visitors are treated with views of moose, loons, and other wildlife.
  • Honey Run Beach & Campgrounds 456 E Shore Rd, Peru, ME 04290 | (207) 562-4913
    • This expansive campground along Worthley Pond offers tent and RV sites, cabins, activities and games, and boat rentals.
  • Indian & Forest Acres Camps 54 Swans Falls Rd, Fryeburg, ME 04037 | (207) 935-2300
    • These twin camps, Indian Acres Camp for Boys and Forest Acres Camp for Girls, where kids can spend their summer learning, developing, and (most importantly) having tons of fun in the Maine outdoors!
  • Jackman Landing Campground Rte 201, Jackman, ME 04945 | (207) 668-3301
    • Four season campground located on Moose River with full hookup sites and tent sites available, with water, electric, and cable.
  • Keoka Beach Camping Area 86 Keoka Beach Trail, Waterford, ME 04088 | (207) 583-2868
    • Great lakeside camping area with more than 100 sites, offering amenities and homemade food at their camp store!
  • Kamp Kohut 151 Kohut Rd, Oxford, ME 04270 | (207) 539-0966
    • Kamp Kohut offers the classic Maine summer camp experience for boys and girls, including a large selection of games, activities, and classes everyday!
  • Littlefield Beaches Campground 13 Littlefield Ln, Greenwood, ME 04255 | (207) 875-3290
    • This lovely campsite offers tent and RV sites, as well as cabin and RV rentals, a general store, a variety of onsite games and activities, and canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards!
  • Lone Mountain Riverfront Camping 424 S Main St, Andover, ME 04216 | (207) 392-0019
    • This beautiful wooded campsite, with access to the Ellis River and nearby trails, is a great place to stay for ATV and horseback riders, as well as for fishing, hiking, and other Maine outdoor activities!
  • Mahoosuc Public Reserved Land and Grafton Notch State Park 1941 Bear River Road, Newry, ME 04261
    • “These lands offer rugged terrain for back-country hikers and include 12 of the most challenging miles along the Appalachian Trail. Hikers who negotiate the steep summit trails are rewarded with spectacular views, particularly on Old Speck (4,180 feet).”
  • Maine Teen Camp 481 Brownfield Rd, Porter, ME 04068 | (800) 752-CAMP
    • Nestled between two lakes and rolling hills, this camp is the only accredited camp specifically for teenagers to have a device-free, meaningful, and fun summer experience.
  • Mirror Pond Campground 154 Old County Rd, Oxford, ME 04270 | (207) 539-9619
    • This old-fashioned campground offers a chance to intentionally ‘unplug’ and connect with nature, providing a beautiful camping experience with no extra distractions alongside a nice pond for swimming and fishing.
  • Moose River Campground 11 Heald Stream Rd, Jackman, ME 04945 | (207) 668-4400
    • A beautiful campground with 3 cabins that operate year-round!
  • Mountain View Campground 200 Mountain View Dr, Dixfield, ME 04224 | (207) 562-8285
    • This family campground offers tenting and RV sites, as well as an on-site general store, swimming pool, playground, and on-site activities.
  • Mt. Blue State Park Weld, ME 04285 | (207) 585-2347
    • Open year-round, Mt. Blue State Park is a beautiful attraction including all sorts of outdoor activities like hiking, trail riding, biking, swimming and picnicking.
  • Natanis Point Campground 19 Natanis Point Rd, Chain of Ponds, ME 04936 | (207) 297-2694
    • This wilderness campgrounds offers 61 secluded sites at affordable rates, including many right on the water and one only accessible by boat! They welcome ATVs and families, and their camp store is an added convenience for guests.
  • On the Saco Family Campground 379 Denmark Rd, Brownfield, ME 04010 | (207) 452-2274
    • This great campground offers many sites, including some with RV hookups, alongside the Saco River. They also provide canoe, kayak, and tube rentals including upriver shuttle service.
  • Pejepscook Campground 569 Main St, Dixfield, ME 04224 | (207) 364-6700
    • Local campground offering tent sites, RV sites, and teepees, as well as kayak rentals.
  • Pleasant Mountain Camping Area 28 Larry Dunn Rd, Denmark, ME 04022 | (207) 452-2170
    • This seasonal campsite lakeside at Moose Pond offers quiet, wooded tent and RV sites, along with firewood and canoe/kayak rentals onsite.
  • Pleasant River Campground 764 West Bethel Rd, West Bethel, ME 04286 | (207) 836-2000
    • Hiking, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, and more.
  • Rangeley Lake State Park 1 State Park Rd, Rangeley Plt, ME 04970 | (207) 864-3858
    • Rangeley Lake State Park offers a large campsite, picnic area, playground, as well as beach and boat access to the stunning Rangeley Lake. This is a beloved destination all year round and a great base for exploring all the Rangeley area has to offer.
  • Richardson Public Reserved Land North Oxford, ME
    • Located in the scenic Rangeley Lakes Region of western Maine, the 22,000-acre Richardson Unit includes 21 miles of shoreline on Richardson and Mooselookmeguntic Lakes, as well as frontage on several small ponds.
  • Riverdriver’s Campground & Lodging 2932 Rte 201, West Forks, ME 04985 | (207) 663-4475
    • This campground has campsites with access to bathrooms and showers, fire pits, and some with electricity and water. They also have cabins and motel rooms if you are looking for a camping experience with a little more comfort.
  • River Run Canoe & Campground 191 Denmark Rd, Brownfield, ME 04010 | (207) 452-2500
    • A lovely campground located alongside the Saco River. They also provide canoe rentals and a shuttle service upriver, making for a great downstream paddle experience!
  • Silver Lake Campground and Lodge 261 Main St, Roxbury, ME 04275 | (207) 545-0416
    • This family-friendly campground offers 25 hookup sites with a laundry room and bath house onsite, and close access to Ellis Pond!
  • Stephen Phillips Memorial Area Oquossoc, ME 04964 | (207) 864-2003
    • This beautiful campsite offers lakeside sites, including many on nearby islands accessible only by boat! This wilderness campsite is the perfect place to ‘unplug’ and enjoy Maine’s natural beauty.
  • Stony Brook Recreation & Camping 42 Powell Pl, Hanover, ME 04237 | (207) 824-2836
    • Year-round camping on the Androscoggin River with an on-site convenience store and access to tons of outdoor activities!
  • Swan’s Falls Campground & Canoe Access 198 Swan’s Falls Rd, Fryeburg, ME 04037 | (207) 935-3395
    • Swan’s Falls includes a small campground run by the Saco River Recreational Council and a public river access for putting in canoes, kayaks, and tubes.
  • Troll Valley Campground 283 Red Schoolhouse Rd, Farmington, ME 04938 | (207) 778-3656
    • This campground has 36 sites and an 18 hole disc golf course! They also have a bathhouse, lodge, store, lunch counter, and are able to host weddings, parties, disc golf tournaments, and more.
  • Two Lakes Camping Area 215 Campground Ln, Oxford, ME 04270 | (207) 539-4851
    • This family-friendly campsite offers all sort of amenities, activities, and events all season long, including watercraft rentals, a game room, snacks and ice cream at their on-site cafe, and many different themed weekends!
  • University of Maine 4-H Camp & Learning Center at Bryant Pond 17 Lakeside Dr, Bryant Pond, ME 04219 | (207) 665-2068
    • The University of Maine 4-H Camp has offered wilderness skills, conservation education, and fun to Maine’s youth for over 50 years!
  • Woodland Acres Campground 33 Woodland Acres Dr, Brownfield, ME 04010 | (207) 935-2529
    • A great campground conveniently located on the Saco River, providing public parking and a public boat launch, as well as canoe and kayak rentals and shuttling upstream.
  • Wyonegonic Camp for Girls 215 Wyonegonic Rd, Denmark, ME 04022 | (207) 452-2051
    • This camp, located on beautiful Moose Pond, is the oldest girls’ summer camp in the country and focuses on wilderness skills and personal development.

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