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, agro-tourism, and a love of berries. Only about 30 acres is open in meadows, orchards and pastures , the back end of the farm is forested all the way to Long Cove and is prot
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, agro-tourism, and a love of berries. Only about 30 acres is open in meadows, orchards and pastures , the back end of the farm is forested all the way to Long Cove and is protected by an easement from Maine Coast Heritage Trust.
Smithereen Farm is a MOFGA certified, highly diverse, organic farm. We grow big vegetable gardens, currants, strawberries, herbs and flowers, garlic, flint corn, amaranth, caraway, chives, pumpkins and other special crops. We keep bees and big horned oxen for logging in the winter. We have planted an orchard of about 400 fruit trees so far and are eagerly awaiting our first crops. 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. In spring we dip and smoke alewives. All year long, we harvest wild herbs from the meadows and forest edges, wild algae during low tides, and log-grown mushrooms for our signature ‘seaweed sprinkle’ which you can buy from our shop.
There is a lot going on around here, and if you ‘re happy to be around happy busy farmers, this is a good place for you.
The HIPCAMP tent platforms are located along the forest edge looking out over the farm, they are private and removed from the action of the farm and are marked with teal and yellow signs. Before the lunch hour, you are free to opt in or out of farm bustling. The farmers welcome any willing hands and minds!
Amenities include an outdoor shower with hot water (please note, this is located in a highly trafficked area; showering with a swimsuit on is a good idea!), a large sink for washing dishes, an open concept timber-frame kitchen complete with ample counter space and a large stove, a well-water spigot for any potable water needs, a composting toilet, a large centralized fire pit as well as fire pits at each campsite, and a big, beautiful farm free for you to enjoy and explore. Our tool shed houses fishing poles and farm bikes for your use, so long as you put them back when you're done!
Explore the wider Cobscook region by car, on foot, or using one of our farm bikes. 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!
Most people cook over the campfire and have a camping food/ picnic type/ BYOB experience. The timber-frame kitchen is open for folks to use this year; it is also the centralized location for our sister organization, Greenhorns, so expect there to be a stream of people in and out. Restaurant dining is pretty limited and mostly available in Eastport and Lubec— Lubec Brewing Company is a must, Bettys Crab meat offers in Pembroke, our own Smithereen Farmstore on 13 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, and of course the gas station has hot coffee in the morning if you need it.
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 tends to nip ankles, sorry about that. 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.
NOTE: We are all very happy to point you around and leave you alone to enjoy yourself. We want to offer nice camping on our farm, but this will not be an ‘authentic tourist experience,' as we are a working farm with a lot of projects and workshops happening all at once. Thanks for your understanding. We look forward to welcoming guests to the beautiful location we call home!
- 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.
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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!
It was amazing! The campsites each have a platform for your tent. Which makes setup and take down lovely. They had a cart for you so you did not have to carry all your gear. We also brought all three of our dogs and they had a blast. They loved all the chickens and we even had a turkey stick around for most of our trip! There is also a great place about 10-15 minutes from the camp, reverse falls. It was a great place to let the dogs run and play.