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Camp Smiling Pine

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· Gardiner, Kennebec, Maine
30 acres hosted by Peter & Courtney L.
2 RV/tent sites · 1 tent site
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Amazing views
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Private sites
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Beautiful waterfront tent sites. Very secluded, private campsites along Cobbosseecontee Stream/River. Many hidden natural gems, trails, and paths. Snowmobile trails are located throughout the land for your winter adventures. Campsites are very unique and have individual access with private water frontage and are separated by a heavily wood shorefront. Check out the real Smiling Pine located on the way to your site Cobbossee Stream is "the key to the entire lake system of Kennebec County." It was part of an Indian trail running from Gardiner on the Kennebec to Moosehead Lake. The last tribal trip down from Canada to the sea was made in 1796, perhaps by way of the old "aboriginal highway" through Cobossee Stream and Pond. Long before the white man's arrival, the braves of the Abenaki tribes returned each spring to favorite fishing stations near river falls and rapids. One such station, used by the Sturgeon (Cabassa) families of the Kennebec Indians, was located above the Gardiner falls on Cobboseecontee ("Land where the sturgeon are taken") Stream. There the men came, accompanied by a few squaws to cook meals and smoke the fat salmon and sturgeon speared as they leaped over the falls on their way upstream to spawn.
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101 ratings · 84 reviews
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Chris F.recommends
October 23, 2023
Site 3
The campsite was amazing! Just secluded enough. Peter was super nice and helpful. Views were stunning! We were in an RV, road to camp was a little bumpy but we got in and out no problem. Would absolutely stay here again.
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Elizabeth T.recommends
October 22, 2023
Site 6
Beautiful spot on river
Great trip! Everything was as described - great views, quiet camp, awesome hosts. Perfect amenities with the table, chairs, camp toilet, etc. It rained most of the trip, so we enjoyed exploring the close by, cute town of Gardiner. We had 4WD and mud tires on our travel trailer that helped getting out after the rain.
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Christa S.recommends
October 22, 2023
Site 3
We parked our camper van at Site 3, and it was great! We had a nice view of a lake, and their directions were very clear.
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Laurin T.recommends
October 12, 2023
Site 3
We had a great stay on Peter & Courtney's land! We booked site 3 which worked out great for our rooftop tent on our truck. Waking up to a view of the water was wonderful. Although we were the only folks there last night, the distance between sites is perfect for privacy. We met Peter when he brought us some firewood and he welcomed us to explore and provided us with some local recommendations. Highly recommend this site!
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Laurie W.recommends
October 11, 2023
Site 1 Tenting
Beautiful camping haven!
This was a beautiful place to stay in lovely woods on the water. The site had privacy, and Peter and Courtney provided nice details to make a camper comfortable. They were also very responsive and great hosts. I will be back, and I highly recommend this perfectly named spot!
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Caroline J.recommends
October 9, 2023
Site 1 Tenting
Camping on Peter & Courtney’s land was great! The site was private, comfortable, and they had provided a cooking grate and water, which was very appreciated. Peter met us and brought us down through the property which was very kind and helpful.
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Gardiner, Kennebec, Maine, United StatesTraditional, ancestral territory of Wabanaki (Dawnland Confederacy), N’dakina (Abenaki / Abénaquis), and Nanrantsouak First Nations according to To respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
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Hosted by Peter & Courtney L.Joined in March 2022
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