What is camping? Maybe it’s the lack of definition that makes camping so great.
Let’s keep the definition simple: A tent or RV on a beautifully wooded site where the starry sky and a campfire replace the television for nightly entertainment. Now all you need to do is pack—be it almost everything or virtually nothing depending on your style—and find your spot. Here are some ideas. But with about a hundred campgrounds, cottage resorts, or vacation rental services here you should be able to find a really great spot; the rest comes naturally.
Looking for a Lakeside Escape
Maine’s reputation as Vacationland is well earned, and with dozens of the cleanest and most respected fishing and recreation lakes in the U.S. found in the southern part of the region—less than a tank of gas from home—you’ll quickly agree. Bring the boat or the floats. Fish all day and sizzle up your catch for dinner. Hike the dawn and repeat what you did yesterday. Look for places around Winthrop, Monmouth, Rome, China, and Belgrade.
On the Outskirts of Town
That special camping glow doesn’t always need to be out in the wilderness. Besides, some great camping can be within easy reach of all the needs and feeds found in the cities and towns along the Kennebec River. Maybe
even arrive in time for the Fourth of July, a local fair, or family fun. If you’re looking for centrally located family camping that still delivers on all the Maine camping experiences (water, woods, fun), you’ll want to start your hunt around Skowhegan, Canaan, or Madison.
Getting Back to Nature
Camping is about the great outdoors, right? If you don’t limit your camping to what you can fit in your trunk or to just the warm weather, this may be your jam. Easy hikes to mountain peaks. Picnic lunches next to a thundering waterfall. All of it is breathtaking. Don’t forget your kayak or canoe. Once you arrive, you won’t want to leave. This place sets a high bar for outdoor recreational camping with great spots in The Forks, Jackman, and Rockwood, and all around the Moose River Valley.
Visitor Resources: Camp Maine