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Jul 23rd, 2009, 01:52 PM
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Best campgrounds in Maine

Planning a camping trip with a few friends for early September. We are looking for the best campground preferably in Maine, also looking in Vermont and New Hampshire. A friend is coming who has never been to the east coast, so we want to show him a beautiful place. Our top priorities are low price of site, activities-hiking and kayaking, beautiful scenery, privacy. We are not looking for a family friendly place, we are going for beautiful landscapes and relaxation. Thanks!
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Jul 23rd, 2009, 02:19 PM
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What kind of camping do you prefer? Backpacking? How much privacy?

I'm not trying to nitpick, but, rather, seeking to perhaps get a better idea of what you really want. In Vermont, for example, we have MANY lovely state parks, some with lakes, some with streams, some with "primitive" (and remote) camping, some tent sites, and some with "leanto's", which are wooden three-sided structures raised off the ground.

Care to share a bit more?

We've camped a lot up here over the years, from many state parks to Acadia in Maine (lovely, on the coast) to primitive camping OUTSIDE of Baxter State Park in Maine, in the "paper company properties".

In the latter, you check in with a "gatekeeper", tell him how long you plan to stay (number of days) and approximately where you plan to be in there. This was free, by the way, but I have no idea if these sites still exist. We had gotten maps of the lumber roads, showing a lake, etc. In that case, they point out there are NO rangers or anything else! If you do not come out when you said you would, they may get help to find you; otherwise, you're on your own. We enjoyed it, saw moose several times, and got a kick out of camping perhaps 15 miles or more from ANY other people! Do you want to be THAT remote?

Sounds like fun!
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Jul 24th, 2009, 04:13 AM
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We just made our second visit to Chewonki in Wiscasset Maine. We love this location for access to various places in the mid-coast area. Visit their website to see what different sites look like. It's a fairly small place, nice saltwater pool on a former farm. Nicely layed out with mostly large sites. The small sites tend to be the RV sites along the tennis courts which is the only section with 3-way hookup. Some sites are tents only without even water but are huge and on the water. View of saltwater river and marsh from one section is very pretty. Quiet campground, popular with locals but only a few seasonal sites.
We also liked Searsport Shores which is on the water. They have a tents only section that's apart but overlooks the water. You can't take your car there but they provide carts to wheel your stuff in. Again, quiet, small but no pool.
Although families enjoy these campgrounds, it's very low key. Basically kids riding their bikes around the campground. Small play area. We avoid large 'family resort' type places and places with a high percentage of seasonals who put all sorts of junk and lights around their site.
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Jul 24th, 2009, 08:27 AM
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Maine is a big state, please help us with how far you're looking to drive and whether you want coastal or lake/mountain when in Maine.
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