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Camping in Maine can mean rolling out your tent in a quiet mountain glade or rolling up your RV to a seaside resort stuffed with amenities. Whatever your pleasure, Maine’s camping areas offer fun and practical places to stay in Maine’s outdoors.
Maine’s private campgrounds are probably the most varied, each boasting their own package of extras. Private campgrounds offer things like in-house marinas, waterslides, stores, game rooms, beaches and views of lakes, mountains and the ocean.
Camping on Federal land includes staying at Acadia National Park, the state’s only national park, or at Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, which is newly-created in Maine’s North Woods. Small campgrounds are also available in the White Mountains National Forest.
Some of Maine’s most popular State Parks offer camping. Amenities at those State Parks including things like lakeside tent sites, mountain hiking, fishing and even camping on a coastal island. Those wanting less-structured stays can visit Maine’s Public Reserved Lands. They’re owned by the State – and are often very wild – and have fewer camping amenities than State Parks.
If backcountry camping is your goal, there are plenty of other options as well. They include staying on hundreds of Maine islands (after taking your boat to get to them), paddling a canoe up the Allagash Wilderness Waterway, or hiking to a camping spot on the Appalachian Trail.
Look Out for ME Camping Tips
- Research your destination & comply with any policies in place
- Pack essentials like food, water & fire starter
- Stay on established trails & roads
- Pack any garbage & waste out with you
- Don’t cut, mark or damage trees
- Always recreate within your personal limits
- Be weather wise & dress appropriately
- Bring a basic first aid kit & travel with a friend
- Bring a waterproof map & compass
For more info on how to enjoy the outdoors responsibly, visit our Look Out for ME page.