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.

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Recent Maine Campground Reviews

Oct 26, 2021

"Awesome RV Resort!"

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We came to Maine to see the fall colors and were not disappointed. Stayed for 4 nights with full hook-ups. All sites were pull-through and we had a fire pit delivered for use during our stay. Firewood was readily available for $5 a bundle, however is was pretty green wood so I would look for a kiosk outside the resort. Very friendly staff and a...
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Doug Routledge
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Oct 23, 2021

"Nice quiet stay, great hosts"

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This is a wonderful campground with sites with lots of privacy. We stayed for a month and were very happy with our stay. The amenities are all well done, limited in scope. The result is a quiet atmosphere. Troy and his wife (the owners) are very friendly and helpful. Our AT&T reception was fine for streaming, internet access and calls. We...
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Bob Way
1 review
Lamoine, ME

Lamoine State Park

Oct 18, 2021

"Beautiful views of Frenchman's Bay"

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An all-time favorite place! Kayaking, hiking, fishing, and spectacular sunsets over Frenchman's Bay. We collected mussels on the shore for dinner, picked apples all over the park, and bought fresh lobsters nearby several times. Close to Acadia and Bar Harbor. Great signal on Verizon. Our site wasn't very trailer friendly and it was hard to level...
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Dawn Record
11 reviews
Bar Harbor, ME

Hadleys Point Campground

Oct 17, 2021

"Very nice campground close to Acadia NP"

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Sites are nicely spaced. Our site would be great in the summer given the amount of shade. Restrooms and showers are basic and clean. We were surprised though that we had to pay for the showers - $0.50 for 7 minutes. WI-FI fairly strong at our site. Very convenient to the NP entrance and Bar Harbor. We will stay here again if we return to this...
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Freeport, ME

Cedar Haven Campground

Oct 16, 2021

"Great for Family Camping "

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We are here without kids but it would be a great campground for families with children. There are lots of things to entertain them. For us adults the site we have is small and level but works well. There are lots of larger sites in the rear of the campground for larger rv’s. The bath house and showers were very clean.

Kent Harriss
50 reviews