Best Camping in Maine

Camping in Maine

By Alex Murphy

With endless acres of wilderness and densely covered forests, and a picturesque coast, Maine is a popular destination for travelers from all over the country. Whether it's Acadia National Park, mountain peaks like Mt. Katahdin, or stopping in Portland for a lobster roll, Maine has a lot to check out.

Here's a look at some great places to stay while visiting The Pine Tree State.

See a map of all camping in Maine.

Maine State Parks

There are 48 Maine State Parks and historic sites, including everything from sandy ocean beaches on the Maine coastline to hikes up tall mountains. When it comes to history, like most of New England, you'll find colonial towns and battle sites from the American Revolution.

One of Maine's most popular stops is Cobscook Bay State Park, which sits near the Canadian border. Visitors can find both tent and RV sites with waterfront views right on the Bay.

Further inland, travelers can climb the highest peak and the famed end of the Appalachian Trail with Mt. Katahdin inside Baxter State Park. The park has multiple campgrounds, including Katahdin Stream Campground and South Branch Pond campground.

Maine National Parks

About halfway up the Maine coastline sits Acadia National Park. The park is mostly made up of islands directly off the coast and is known for its rocky shoreline with some high drops into the ocean below. Some of the best campgrounds in Maine can be found here.

Two popular places to camp within the park are Schoodic Woods Campground and Blackwoods Campground. Both have quick access to trails, and at night it's easy to hear the ocean rolling in against the rocky coast.

Visitors will want to make reservations beforehand, as Acadia National Park is one of the nation's most visited parks.

Free Camping in Maine

Maine is the least densely populated state on the East Coast, and much of it is covered in wilderness. For campers, that means there's a lot of free camping in Maine.

Just over the state line from New Hampshire, visitors will find Kittery Trading Post, an outdoor store with plenty of gear for anyone planning to camp. The store has two RV parking spots for overnight guests.

Heading towards Portland, parking lot camping is permitted at Oxford Casino.

Finally, further north near Acadia National Park is Reversing Falls Park, located near Cobscook Bay.

Maine RV Parks

With a lot of state to explore, there are a lot of Maine RV Parks.

Starting near Portland, for anyone looking to enjoy the town and the New England seafood they offer, visitors can stay at Wild Duck Adult Campground and RV Park, and those with kids can stay at the nearby Bayley's Camping Resort.

Further north travelers will find both ocean and lakefront camping sites depending on what they're looking for. Wolfe's Neck Oceanfront Camping is right on the coast, and Point Sebago Golf and Beach RV Resort is located on Lake Sebago.

National Forests in Maine

Maine shares White Mountain National Forest with New Hampshire, and it's easy to find camping spots in both states.

The forest is named for the mountains, including Mount Washington, a place notorious for bad weather, including a record for the highest wind speeds ever recorded in the world. That shouldn't stop you from visiting, though, as the forest is loaded with hiking trails, rock climbing, and plenty of beautiful views.

On the Maine side of the forest, Hastings Campground sits on a brook with several hiking trails. Another option with nearby water is Crocker Pond.

Supporter Subscription

Become a Campendium Supporter and enjoy ad-free browsing plus bonus features!

  • Cell Coverage Maps
  • Public Land Overlays
  • Trail Map Layers
  • Ad Free
Unlock Features
$20 Billed Annually

Recent Maine Campground Reviews

Lamoine, ME

Lamoine State Park

Jun 07, 2021

"Great location"

active staractive staractive staractive starinactive star
Lamoine SP is located about 45 minutes east of Acadia NP right on Frenchman’s Bay. We came after a few days of rain, so the site was pretty muddy but we have a view of the water through the trees, and were close to the bathrooms. The bathhouse has several individual locked shower stalls and a dishwashing station which was great. The staff is...
Read more

Mattb placeholder avatar
Matt Brown
1 review
Ellsworth, ME

Walmart

Jun 03, 2021

"Mostly quiet, many spaces"

active staractive staractive staractive staractive star
I stayed here beginning of June 2021.I checked in with the service center and the only question they asked was how many nights. I was also informed to park furthest away from the front of building. It seems the intending parking spaces are painted with white whereas the rest of the lot is yellow. Not sure if that was the intention. An empty...
Read more

Paul placeholder avatar
Paul Ramdial
3 reviews
May 31, 2021

"Quiet & Secluded"

active staractive staractive staractive staractive star
We loved our stay here. We were at site 8 and it was large enough for our 33 ft motorhome and surrounded by trees and shade. There weren’t many campers here in late May before the season really starts up and we enjoyed that. The new owners are wonderful, attentive and friendly. They are doing improvements to the grounds that will be nice when...
Read more

SuzD74 avatar
Suzanne Dean
4 reviews
May 29, 2021

"Great stay for us."

active staractive staractive staractive starinactive star
Owners very friendly and kind. I forget our site number but it was right across from the lodge/house/office building. Great view of the lake. There was electric hookup. I did not see water at the site but could have been. We were full so didn’t need it. There is a lot to love about this place, price way reasonable, beautiful place and great...
Read more

Debbie placeholder avatar
Debbie Freseman
4 reviews
Mount Desert, ME

Blackwoods Campground

May 27, 2021

"Can’t beat the location "

active staractive staractive staractive staractive star
We stayed here because we were visiting Acadia. Duh. We hardly spent any time at the campsite. But it has everything needed for an enjoyable stay. It has a dump and water fill station at the front of the campground. The sites aren’t very private but it didn’t matter to us here. The bathrooms only have toilets and sinks. I’m not sure if the...
Read more

Mea avatar
Mea
10 reviews

LandingPages::StatePresenter