12 Maine campgrounds close to the coast and other cool stuff
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Catch the sunlight and solitude at this campsite at Recompense Shores Campground. Hayrides and lobster and clambakes are among the many things to do at this campground close to Freeport. Photo courtesy Recompense Shores Campground
The Maine coast stretches 228 miles from Kittery to Eastport as the crow flies, but trace a sinuous line around every beach and cove, peninsula and headland, bay and island and you measure an astounding 3,478 miles.
Amid this amazingly diverse geography are more than 100 comfy campgrounds close to a myriad of things to see and do in summertime, like forts and lighthouses, picturesque towns and villages, museums and historic sites, public and private lands with trails of every kind, plus lobster rolls and blueberry pies and so much more.
So grab your camping gear, load up the friends and family, and make the trip for a weekend or a week. Here are some recommendations for great camping fun.
SOUTH COAST AND BEACHES
At Cape Neddick Oceanside Campground on Cape Neddick Harbor in York, campers can pitch a tent or set up a tent camper on oceanfront sites and enjoy the salty air and sea view right from the camp chair.
Beachgoers can enjoy the sun and waves at nearby Short Sands and Long Sands beaches and the vibrant street scene in York Beach. Nubble Light has been helping to protect mariners since 1879; get a good view of it from Sothier Park. Drive the auto road to the top Mount Agamenticus for panoramic views or hike or mountain bike the extensive trail network. Photo courtesy Hemlock Grove Campground
Situated in the cool forests of Arundel, Hemlock Grove Campground aims to provide northern Maine atmosphere with southern Maine convenience camping experience. Large sites among the tall trees accommodate everything from tents to RVs.
Four beaches are convenient to the campground, including Kennebunk, Parsons, Goose Rocks and Fortune Rocks.
In Kennebunkport, hikers and mountain bikers can walk and ride to their heart content in the 1,300 acre Edwin L. Smith Preserve.
Bayley operates hourly shuttles to Pine Point Beach and Old Orchard Beach, the latter with its famous ocean pier. There are also twice daily shuttles to the amusement rides at Funtown Splashtown cheap jerseys USA. Meander on foot or by bicycle along the Eastern Trail through the wildlife rich Scarborough Marsh, or rent a canoe or kayak from the Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center for a fun paddle on the Dunstan River. Established in 1939, the park sports 20 miles of trails for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding.
Favored by hikers are the trails on the west side of Route 9, which reach the open summit ledges of Bradbury Mountain and fine ocean views. East of the road are miles of dedicated single track trails perfect for the fat http://www.cheapjerseys11.com/ tire enthusiast. Bean retail store. It is operated by the nonprofit Wolfe’s Neck Farm. Photo courtesy Recompense Shores Campground
Situated on 626 acres of farmland and forest with four miles of frontage on Casco Bay is Recompense Shore Campground in Freeport.
Operated as part of the nonprofit Wolfe Neck Farm, the campground boasts 130 oceanfront, wooded and field campsites plus three rustic camping cottages. Family friendly amenities include bicycle, canoe and kayak rentals and hiking on three miles of trails. Hayrides and lobster and clam bakes are popular here in high summer. Close by is Wolfe Neck Woods State Park, a 200 acre preserve with many more picnicking, hiking, paddling and bird watching opportunities.
Not far from the southern tip of the Phippsburg Peninsula at Small Point is Hermit Island Campground. Separated from the mainland by a causeway and Head Beach, the campground features 299 campsites, many of which have bold ocean locations and far reaching views. Amenities include the Kelp Shed with its fireplace, pool table, video games and picnic tables, plus the popular Snack Bar.