Camping in Maine

by Ellie Stengel

Throughout the State of Maine there are more than 200 privately-owned campgrounds in addition to a number of State Parks that offer camping facilities. Many privately-owned campgrounds are included in this issue of Activities Guide. A camping stay offers the opportunity for a memorable vacation experience, whether simply camping as a vacation or camping as a means to be near an activity you are planning to enjoy.

Diversity is the word to best describe the choices of Maine’s many campgrounds; you’ll discover a tremendous variety in the size, location and type of campgrounds located throughout the state. These range from very small properties where the camping experience is the focus to large resorts that offer every imaginable amenity.

Even if you have never camped before, or do not have camping equipment, you’ll find quite a number of places that offer on-site rentals and cabin rentals. Some RV dealers also offer rental units for nearby campgrounds. This is a great way to break into the camping experience that has become one of the most popular types of vacations today.

Camping in Maine

Photo courtesy of Carol Savage Photography / carolsavagephotography.com

Another way to discover camping and be versatile in your vacation is to rent an RV and travel as you wish! Some of the RV dealers in this issue offer rentals and are ready and pleased to work with you in your planning. Also, these dealers can provide expert advice in helping you make selections in camping gear if you prefer to own your own equipment.

When planning your getaway, consider what you are looking for in your camping experience –just a place to call home base for other activities you are planning, or a facility that offers enough that it is a vacation in itself. Some campgrounds offer on-site recreational opportunities such as a pool, rec hall and sports fields, scheduled activities and a variety of entertainment. Many are located on lakes, rivers or the ocean, and offer a beach, swimming, fishing and even a variety of boat rentals. In the more popularly visited areas of the state, campgrounds often provide a home base for area activities and attractions and quite a number either offer shuttle service or are on a trolley route.

Consider your needs and expectations in advance to maximize your vacation experience and undoubtedly your dollar value. It may be important to know what is offered or to get information about particular questions in advance. This can be done by visiting the campground’s Web site, referring to their advertising or calling with questions. Even if a particular resource or recreational opportunity isn’t offered at the campground, it may be available nearby.

The majority of campgrounds and resorts suggest reservations and some require a minimum stay, especially over weekend and holiday periods. And finally, of course, understanding reservation policies and various charges is important.

Questions or considerations might include some of the following:

• Do you offer any camping rental equipment, RVs or cabins?
• Is there shuttle or trolley service available to nearby attractions?
• Is there a well-stocked store? How about a snack bar or restaurant?
• Are campfires permitted? How about firewood and ice?
• Are there any trails for hiking or biking–even ATVing?
• Is there WiFi or cable TV?
• If a more remote location, how is cell phone reception in the area?
• What hook-ups for trailers and RVs are available? Is there 50 amp electric?
• Are tents accepted?
• Can you bring your own boat? Are there launching facilities and dock space available?
• How about pet policies and requirements for camping with pets?

Throughout the various regions in this issue of Activities Guide, you will find many campgrounds and camping resorts. We encourage you to take some time to see what is available. Camping is great vacation, or an ideal way to move around to different areas of the state to enjoy other activities you are planning. You may also visit www.activitymaine.com for a complete listing of campgrounds offered in this issue. See you out there!

Camping in the Katahdin/Penobscot region of Maine is one of our favorite family adventures. The hiking, swimming, exploring, fishing, and paddling opportunities are limitless – not to mention being surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery around. There are endless Maine camping adventures to be had, plan yours today!

Maddie and Molly enjoy a late-afternoon swim

Maddie and Molly enjoy a late-afternoon swim

We have many favorite spots to see when we’re up on the river, the Cribworks rapid on the West Brand of the Penobscot being one of them.

The cribworks rapid on the West Branch of the Penobscot is one of the most technical - and beautiful - rapids in Maine.

The cribworks rapid on the West Branch of the Penobscot is one of the most technical – and beautiful – rapids in Maine.

The West Branch of the Penobscot is one of the best rafting and salmon fishing rivers in Maine.

Our buddy Bryan sets up for his run down the cribworks rapid.

Our buddy Bryan sets up for his run down the cribworks rapid.

Another great spot to visit for some great swimming is Abol Beach. The current is a blast to play around in, and it’s yet another opportunity to raft-watch.

Our campsite offered amazing swimming and amazing views.

Our campsite offered amazing swimming and amazing views.

We had an outstanding weekend in one of our favorite spots in Maine, we are lucky to have places like the North Maine woods to play in!

Omaha Beach sunset, always breathtaking

Omaha Beach sunset, always breathtaking


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