Smithereen Farm is perched at the end of Leighton Point peninsula overlooking Cobscook bay. We are 5 years into building our vision of beauty, diversity and abundance, with an emphasis on agro-forestry, algae and a love of berries. We manage about 30 acres of seaside meadows, orchards and gardens. The back end of the land is a mostly spruce forest extending all the way to Lo
Smithereen Farm is perched at the end of Leighton Point peninsula overlooking Cobscook bay. We are 5 years into building our vision of beauty, diversity and abundance, with an emphasis on agro-forestry, algae and a love of berries. We manage about 30 acres of seaside meadows, orchards and gardens. The back end of the land is a mostly spruce forest extending all the way to Long Cove, accessible only by foot, and fully protected by an easement from Maine Coast Heritage Trust.
Smithereen Farm is a MOFGA certified, highly diverse, organic farm. In the fall, we harvest apples from up and down the peninsula and press them for apple cider vinegar. In summer, we fish for mackerel and make fish sauce and harvest veggies from our greenhouses and extensive gardens. It goes in this orderL Strawberries, honey berries, gooseberries and currants, service berries, raspberries, chokecherries, blueberries, cranberries. In spring we dip and smoke alewives. We harvest wild herbs from the meadows and forest edges, wild algae during low tides, and log-grown mushrooms for our signature ’mermaid broth’ which you can buy from the Smithereen Farm store 12 Little Falls Road, or online.
There is a lot going on around here, and if you ‘re happy to be around busy farmers, this is a good place for you. If you prefer solitude in the forest, we recommend the blueberry land site or the lower meadow spots.
The HIPCAMP tent platforms are located along the western forest edge looking out over the farm, they are removed from the action of the farm and are marked with round numbered signs.
Stroll down 5 minutes to the foreshore to see the ledges at low tide, walk the 15 minute trail to Long Cove and enjoy the tranquility. Walk 10 minutes out to Leighton Point to swim from the beach. Drive 10 minutes down to Reversing Falls to see the rushing water and its vortex, or drive out to the many trails of Cobscook Trails network nearby. The opportunities for exploration are endless; if you ever run out of things to do, don't hesitate to ask for more inspiration!
We encourage camper self sufficiency, and will reward you with our fresh grown veggies!
Most people cook over their small campfire or the larger shared campfire and have a camping food/picnic type/BYOB experience. Pack it in, pack it out!.
You are most welcome to sit and eat on the long tables by the summer kitchen and to meander around the farm looking at all the beauty— just don’t expect us to chat for an hour!
Restaurant dining is pretty limited in our area and mostly available in Eastport and Lubec— Lubec Brewing Company is a must, Bettys Crab meat offers in Pembroke, our own Smithereen Farmstore on 12 Little Falls Road, fried clams at the New Friendly Diner in Perry, Dennysville/Machias/Eastport/Lubec farmers markets, fresh Juji’s bread on Wednesdays or by preorder, Long Lost farm-store in Edmunds for amazing creamery products, Tide Mill Farm on Saturdays, and of course the gas station has hot coffee in the morning if you need it. Prepare yourself for hyper-rurality, bring what you need with you, pack out your own trash.
To locate us, search Smithereen Farm on Google or Apple Maps! 767 Leighton Point Road, Pembroke, ME 04666. Please note that this is a residential area and our neighbors appreciate your speed-keeping consideration.
This year there will be NO DOGS ALLOWED AT SMITHEREEN FARM SITES : Last year a visiting dog taught our dogs to eat the ducklings they had previously treated as baby sisters causing carnage and heartbreak. The tall white dogs are very shy, and the little black dog is a scamp but we love him. IF YOU HAVE DOGS, YOU ARE STILL WELCOME, we will make arrangements for you at Blueberry Land Sites located at 306 Youngs Cove Road. Although it does not offer oceanside views, it is just 2 miles down the road, and has very beautiful sunsets and a more private atmosphere.
- Check in: After 1PM
- Check out: Before 11AM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Go straight to camp
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 9 months out
Offered on the Host's property or nearby.
Natural features you'll find at Smithereen Farm Platforms in Maine.
Places to see near Oceanside Camping @ Smithereen Farm
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Wonderful spot to wander
Wonderful for wonder and wandering. The trip began before I even arrived with a thoughtful guidebook of recommendations for towns to stop in along the way.
When to Go: Any time is great but Greenhorns hosts a series of events in Pembroke from foraging to yurt building and I’d highly recommend planning your trip around one of those events.
Before Arriving: Load up on goods from local farmers markets and local shops/farm stands along the way. This part of Maine doesn’t offer much in terms of dining options so picking things up ahead of time is a good idea. You also may have the option of purchasing some of Smithereen Farm’s product which I’d recommend doing.
The Hipcamp: 3 secluded platforms sheltered by trees. Wonderful kitchen to sit by and bird watch. A short trail to the cove. Groovy hosts. And a perfect spot to see what regenerative ag is all about.
The Area: Put your phone down and wander around. Walk to reversing falls. Along the way you can look up for birds and look down for wild strawberries (if it’s the season) or whatever forage is in season (blueberries, mushrooms, kelp, etc). Bring a book. Bring a sketchpad. Do some doodling.
our stay at smithereen was a dream! severine, malcolm and evangeline were welcoming and kind and the campsites were gorgeous, clean, private. the farm is a sweet oasis - shoreline to visit on three sides, woods full of moss and chanterelles, towering sunflowers and even a chestnut tree with gorgeous spiky seed pods!! lots of new plant friends to meet as well as sheep, oxen and the shy gentle sea doggies. activities in the area are abundant, too many for a three day stay. DO NOT miss the reversing hall library. it is a true gem. thank you thank you we will return!
Lovely, but read reviews beforehand
As others have said, there are quirks that people should know before camping at the farm. It is a lovely place to stay, and we enjoyed our time there, but I'm glad I read the reviews to know what to expect!
There was a lot of conflicting information between the hipcamp listing, the handbook that was provided, and the information I found on their website - what's available (COVID and otherwise), the layout, etc. The directions to parking were clear, but I saw no map of where any of the sites were (which was mentioned in the handbook). When I booked on hipcamp, it said it was the car camping site, #4. But when we arrived, we were told they don't use the number system anymore, someone with a camper already had the site, and we would have to hike in. It wasn't the end of the world (they have a cart available to haul everything), but it was quite warm and we had two young kids who were hungry and not interested in walking to find our new spot (which is why I booked the car camping spot in the first place).
The walk-in sites have nice platforms, but there's not much more room than that. Plan to cook on the platform or find somewhere else to eat - we did one dinner at the beach at the end of the road, and another dinner at Reverse Falls!
Composting toilet was great, and I appreciated having a sink with soap outside to wash hands!
As long as you understand what to expect and know that this is a working farm/you'll be on your own, I highly recommend camping here. Maybe confirm things ahead of time - cell service is spotty and seeing someone to help when you get there isn't guaranteed (again, working farm).
Nice location, but expected more
I camped for two nights at Smithereen farm with a friend, and for the most part we had a very nice time and would recommend, although it does feel a little expensive for what you get. Smithereen did provide a comprehensive welcome packet, although we found a few things to note for future campers that might be worth including:
The camp sites are pretty far from where you park, and there wasn’t always a cart available to carry our gear to/from the site. Eventually someone said we could drive down, which was very easy in our Rav4. It would have been nice if they’d mentioned that as an option, although I’m sure some cars might not be able to make it. If people are camping, a cart should always be available to them.
Two of the three camping platforms were probably 12x12, the other was longer, maybe 16x12 which we needed for our larger tent. There aren’t any picnic tables (this wasn’t advertised, would just have been nice to have) and only one of the three had a stone ring for having a fire.
More signage would be helpful - directing to the camp sites, potable water, and we read that there was an outdoor shower that we never saw. It really wasn’t clear where we were welcome to be – there’s an open-air kitchen and seating, and we felt like we weren’t supposed to be walking around there, even though that’s where the water was.
Lastly, we didn’t find the staff to be very friendly. One of the guys helped us find our site once we flagged him down, and chatted a bit during the day, but for the most part the farm staff ignored us. If camping is going to be part of the farm’s business model, it would be nice if the staff was more pleasant towards the campers. We didn’t need a lot of help, but being welcoming and answering a few questions/asking if we were finding things okay would have been appreciated.
The view on our last day out to the water was amazing, and the animals on the farm (some dogs, chickens, ducks) were cute. We did enjoy our stay, but for the money would have expected more.
Quiet, relaxing, beautiful
The property is beautiful. It was great to stay so close to the ocean without being on top of other campers. I stayed on tent site 3 which felt completely private and very quiet. Low tide in this part of Maine is amazing.
Canceld on us as we were driving!
I would NOT recommend trying to stay here! They canceled our 4 night stay as we were driving to the farm. I had been in contact with someone from the farm for months including asking a question the day before. When I asked why she didn't cancel the reservation when we spoke the day before, she said "she was having a bad day'. My friends and I took off work and spent hundreds of dollars on groceries. We were driving up from Boston and NYC and had to change our entire trip since there weren't any state parks open as of yet nor hotels/Airbnb nearby. Overall terrible customer service!