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Camps of the Pioneers

11 sites 路 Lodging, RVs, Tents7 acres 路 Ellsworth, ME
Our property has a history detailed in the arrowheads and other聽Wabanaki artifacts found around the property. European settlers have also left clues behind of the shipbuilding industry and 1700's culture.Experience a bit of natural immersion and enjoy the endless opportunities for outdoor recreation while camping in the northern forests of Downeast Maine! We use our 6 acre property to focus on producing organically grown herbs, fruit, vegetables for local markets. We're finally making available the properties scenic brooks, forests and meadows to folks seeking to experience a truly unforgettable, countryside retreat.We鈥檙e just off the beaten path in an agricultural and fishing community on the Union River, 20 minutes drive from Acadia National Park and Mt. Desert Island.聽See what our other guests have had to say about their stays-鈥淚t鈥檚 an experience I would repeat with pleasure. Difficult to be short about my highlights: hearing the loon at night certainly, waking up with the quarter moon over my head, seeing the progression in changing colors of the leaves,the views from Mount Cadillac, and Beech Wood trail, Jordan Pond and the Bubbles,so many things really.鈥 - Christine from Montpelier, France, Sept 2021."We were so at peace when we got here we just spent the rest of the day hanging at the yurt enjoying the peace and quiet today we are heading to the ocean!"- Jody from New Hampshire, July 2021."We could not have found a more idyllic place, plus it was our first experience in a yurt. We found your notes about Acadia super helpful and the yurt was just so beautiful and cozy. Having a hot bath and a little fire in the wood stove after a day of biking the Carriage Roads and swimming at Sand Beach could not have been more perfect. So glad we were at the yurt to enjoy the area and Acadia. We had an incredible stay and are hoping to come back next summer."- Jenn & Neil, August 2020.
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The Point

7 sites 路 Lodging, RVs, Tents8 acres 路 Gouldsboro, ME
The Point is located in Gouldsboro, in Downeast Maine on the Schoodic Peninsula near the Schoodic portion of Acadia National Park on occupied Wabanaki land. The point is our home, offered to guests as a place for seekers of peace and solace to gain a better relationship and appreciation with nature in a world that has forgotten the importance and connection we all have with the planet that sustains us. A priority here for me is keeping this land pristine and respected. Our mission to save and protect our natural environment and keep it natural and wild can only be accomplished with the active mindfulness of you. We aim to prove that hipcamp can be a magical experience for private landowners and campers alike, to provide a means of temporal community and beneficial alternative to traditional campgrounds; one that does not degrade the environment and break the peace that small towns still contain. Please be mindful of the trash you generate and mindful of the noise you are making鈥 we aim to provide seekers of peace a *quiet* time in nature. Together we are here to be an example to others of what mindful camping can look like in this changing world. Thanks for caring to come, see, explore, learn and being apart of the solution! <3 We hope to hear from you <3
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Hillside Gateway to Acadia/Schoodic

1 site 路 Lodging3 acres 路 Sullivan, ME
Learn about the Gateway to Acadia: 3 acres to yourself, sweeping views including a glimpse of Cadillac Mountain from across the Bay. 12x18 shelter! No electricity聽or water, but a cozy strong shelter.聽 Feel free to bring your tent or stay in the cabin or both.聽 Room for 6 on the floor.聽聽聽There is a small futon inside. This site is 10 miles from Acadia National Park (Schoodic side) where there are mountain bike and hiking trails. Want to swim and kayak in聽freshwater? Jones Pond is just a few miles away and has a public beach.聽 Take a ferry to Bar Harbor and then retreat to the quiet side of the Bay.聽 Hike Schoodic Mountain and take a swim at the end on Donnell Pond.聽聽Restaurants and shops are ready for you in Winter Harbor.聽聽Enjoy the sunrise trail for 4 wheelers only a few miles from the campsite. With 3 acres of clearing and聽60 acres on the property to explore, you can Enjoy all that DownEast has to offer.
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Elmer's Cove

9 sites 路 RVs, Tents6 acres 路 Edmunds Township, ME
450 feet of cove frontage next to Cobscook Bay State Park. Paved boat launch next door, with a dock, thick stand of trees along the road, and a clearing inside. People marvel at the property and relax. Hand carry launch very close to the campsites. This area of coastal Maine is a stop on your journey. #Next to Cobscook Bay State Park!# #Voted - 2021 Top 10 Best Campsites in Maine# 4 Sites - 2 for Tents and 2 for RVs Good clearance on driveway - no 4WD needed. Tent/sm. veh. sites (tent area 9x14): 1 and 5 best for tents; 3 and 7 for RVs. All sites generally levelled w/fire pits. (firewood included) Book a specific site, or ask me which. Open interior land, privacy from road, - clothing-optional inquiries welcomed. Dark nights for star gazing, 20-foot tidal range - strong currents, be careful kayaking and boating, mid-tide and higher it's good swimming here, also a small spring fed pond to cool off in. Carry in here, or launch for free next door. Good cell signal, (Verizon, AT & T) tower 1.2 miles away. Smart phone hot-spot works for me. GPS: 285 South Edmunds Road, Dennysville, ME. Video - YouTube: "Elmer's cove"
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Wolves and Sounds of the Night

9 sites 路 Lodging, RVs, Tents10 acres 路 Trenton, ME
Before you make a reservation read the description of each site. Read all of the info. Our camping section is located on the property of Kisma Preserve. Home to black bear, local mammals , and our favorite, wolves. We live here full time and have been here in one way or another for over 30 years. The sounds of the night are magical. Unleash your imagination and camp here away from the crowds you may find within the local Acadia National Park area. Close to basic necessities, and a step away from the masses. We do educational tours daily by reservation. We may allow camping in Winter months but if it is between November and May it is very important to call and find out. The shower will be unavailable in freezing months and some sites inaccessible. CALL and speak with a staff member before reserving. Self contained Adventure Vans and tent campers with Winter Gear can be accommodated. If you want to have a solid roof , screens and a fabulous view ask about reserving our Cadillac Mountain View Loft or if the idea of being naked under the stars is appealing opt for our Raw and Rough site.! Pulling in late, and leaving early for a typical Sunrise reservation.? We can also accommodate that if we know that is all you want. Traveling with your horse.? Talk to us about an Equine site. The Biker鈥檚 Bunkhouse is ideal for motorcycle travelers as it shelters both the guest and the Bike/s. Always call, we can answer all questions to get you into the right site for your style of adventuring. With each listing be sure to read all the information. If you are interested in a spontaneous camping adventure, if your luggage got lost or if you just don鈥檛 want to deal with transporting camping gear we can connect you with a local gear renter who can supply you with a basic box of necessities including a tent. Questions.? Call.
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Great Pond Camping at the Dome

2 sites 路 RVs, Tents19 acres 路 Franklin, ME
This is a very rural private location, even though you are not far from our house. WE HAVE ONE OTHER CAMPSITE that is now AFFILIATED WITH HIPCAMP, down the two track road far enough away to maintain privacy. The campsite does not have a view of Great Pond, but is a short walk away. We live on a private dirt road which is a rural and bumpy ride. THE SPEED LIMIT IS 10 MPH, PLEASE DRIVE SLOW! AND please pull over if another vehicle is coming towards you. The land is mostly wooded with red maple and red oak, pine, spruce and birch as well. The wildlife includes deer, porcupines, rabbits, squirrels, bear, raccoon, skunk, coyotes and the occasional moose. ONLY VERY SMALL RV's, trailers, and camper vans will fit in the campsite. We own 19 acres of woods and lake frontage. Campsite is very private. There is a road. to hike and explore. Swimming and fishing are quite good on Great Pond. Great Pond is a SHORT WALK from the campsite down our driveway and across a field. It takes about 5 minutes to stretch you legs after a long drive. The overall vibe of the area is very rural and quiet. We are within walking distance of the Down East Sunrise Trail and a short drive to Acadia National Park. Schoodic branch of Acadia is also a short drive if you want a quieter experience. Pets welcomed, however DO NOT LET THEM RUN LOOSE DUE TO PORCUPINES AND OTHER WILDLIFE. ALSO DO NOT LET THEM BARK NON STOP. TOILET Loo in privacy tent on site! We also have tiki torches and a picnic table. PLEASE PAY FOR FIREWOOD AND KAYAKS THROUGH YOUR RESERVATION. CLEAN DRINKING WATER IS AVAILABLE FROM A HOSE CONNECTED TO A FAUCET UNDER THE DECK OF OUR HOUSE.
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Micro A-Frame Cabin

1 site 路 Lodging18 acres 路 Passadumkeag, ME
Tiny A-Frame Cabin on a personal wildlife preserve! Located a mile from the Passadumkeag River and three miles from the Penobscot River! Quiet Space! Come enjoy a 'Piece of my Peace!' Meadow Vista and Garden views With Composting Toilet, No Electricity and No Running Water! 鈥 The wall does lift up and down so you can be closed in if it rains but I leave it open most of the time to allow air flow. 鈥 There is a fire pit and two chairs available at the cabin for you to cozy up or cook your food. If you would like a wheel barrow full of firewood provided there is some available on site for a small donation. 鈥 There is a hammock with a shade cover at the cabin for you to use. 鈥 There is a bug net provided in the cabin if you're in need of some extra protection indoors. 鈥 Sunkhaze Meadows National Wildlife Refuge is a short drive with a few hiking trails. 鈥 Baxter State Park & Acadia National Park are each an hour and a half away (just in opposite directions). 鈥 A composting toilet is on site, with a scoop and bucket of sawdust to cover waste. I you need to pee, find a tree! If it's number two, use the loo! 鈥 No electricity at the cabin or on the property 鈥 No running or potable drinking water. Must bring in water. 鈥 The cabin is quite cozy for 1-2 people and/or 1-2 fur babies. The cabin itself has an 8x10鈥 floor plan with a full size futon. The deck gives another 3鈥 to enjoy your inside/outside stay. 鈥 The property DOES get full sun so be aware of finding shade throughout the day! I like to enjoy the river(s) and explore the area during the peak heat hours! 鈥 Mosquitos like to come out at dusk. I do have some citronella candles but it would be best if you came prepared with bug repellent! 鈥 There is a New tiny cabin construction on site! 鈥 This cabin is NOT private - one dwelling is visible but it is also NOT a rental. Please: no check-in's after 8pm! Thank you for understanding! I cannot control the weather. I just provide a super awesome place. I am always available to help make your stay top-notch! Without you, there is no me.
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Ellie's RV spot

2 sites 路 RVs1 acre 路 Ellsworth, ME
This spot has been in the family since 1935. Apple trees and wildlife abound year round. Ellie's is a new (May 2019) single RV site designed for use by all Class A thru C motorized or towable style recreational vehicles including conversion vans or off grid vehicles. 50 or 30 amp electric, water, sewer and wifi are provided. Should you choose to book this site and use a vehicle that doesn't have a shower and toilet on board, you will not have access to a bathroom on site. You must provide your own porta potty. The RV's pictured belong to past guests and are not available for rent. Ellie's is located to allow easy access to both the Mount Desert Island section of Acadia and the Schoodic Peninsula section. August 2021 update: You can purchase your park pass online and print it before you arrive. Reservations for Cadillac Mtn are now requireddue to overcrowding. All rigs including off grid and pop-ups, please set up on GRAVEL PAD only. Stay off grass area to prevent damage to the private septic system. **Tenting is not an option on this site, sorry.** Campfires are allowed on this site when winds are under 10 mph. Check local weather first. We continue to provide free, locally grown, organic firewood in order to combat inflation and help you stretch your vacation dollar. While Ellie's doesn't have direct water access, there are many shoreline points of access close by. Beaches and water access are everywhere. Wide open space does exist. Come explore the Maine coast. Commuter traffic can be seen and heard from Ellie's RV spot. In 2019 over 3.5 million people visited the Acadia area. 2022 has been jammed with visitors, more than ever before, be patient. We have one security camera located on the main fence. This is for your protection as well as ours. Unit is powered 24/7 For winter RVing, please send a request before booking. We have 30 or 50 amp electric and sewer only from Nov 1 ~April 30. Water, wifi and trash removal are suspended for the winter. Snow might prevent access during some weeks, others it will not. Request first please. Questions? Please ask I'm very responsive.
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Farm site or Blueberry land...

11 sites 路 RVs, Tents60 acres 路 Eastport, ME
There is no camping in the lower meadow.
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Graham Cracker Cabin and Campsites

7 sites 路 Lodging9 acres 路 Ellsworth, ME
35 minutes to Acadia National Park, 10 minutes to Ellsworth, 40 minutes to Bangor. A very sweet and rustic Hemlock cabin, along with secluded 17' and 14" bell tents, plus 2 private campsites sit along beautiful Webb Brook. Walk through the large open field, away from everything, to this storybook setting. All you can hear is the waters of the brook rushing and sounds of nature all around. Graham Lake is just a stone's throw away. Great for kayaking, fishing, and swimming. This magical place is just beyond our farm where we you can buy fresh chicken and duck eggs daily at the house. In the cabin, upstairs, a lofted queen bed accessed by a sturdy wooden ladder. Downstairs, a wood stove with dining area, and living space with full sized convertible bed. No electricity, no plumbing, no wifi. Good cell service. Composting toilet and water tank for use inside cabin. Gas grill and firepit with tripod grate outside for cooking options. Two large picnic tables for outdoor dining. Truly a magical place. The campsites and secluded 2 bell tent sites are hidden away along Webb Brook, sitting among the pines and hardwoods. A port-a-potty available for all guests' use. Almost 9 acres of land to explore and discover, as well as Graham Lake just a walk away.
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Outfitter Tent

1 site 路 Lodging25 acres 路 Wesley, ME
Eastern exposure of the woods and valley. Old farm with rolling fields. Organic blueberries to pick with a purchase priceLearn more about this land:Forest and fields, private, lakes, ponds, streams and ocean nearby. Lots of wildlife. Garden with fresh veggies will be available to pick and to be purchased.
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Camping at Serenity Farms

6 sites 路 Tents60 acres 路 Princeton, ME
Learn more about this land: Come camp on a peaceful, secluded working farm where the wildlife trails are aplenty! Plus you鈥檒l find easy access to some of the best fishing and ATV trails in the state! Close easy access to boat launch on Big Lake. Boat trailer parking available upon request.
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The best camping near Machias River Corridor guide



The Machias River Corridor has 76 miles of wild, cascading rapids. This is a popular backcountry canoe route, and is home to the largest self-sustaining wild Atlantic salmon run in the United States. A portion of the park was named a 鈥淕lobally Important Bird Area,鈥 with over 180 bird species. The park contains over 60,000 acres of Machias River watershed, and is also home to moose and bear. Bring your canoe and your binoculars and enjoy a few days at one of the state鈥檚 most cherished waterways.

When to go

The prime time to visit Machias River Corridor is in May or early June, when water levels are typically suitable for paddling. Summer offers serene lake paddling, while fall brings hunters and vibrant foliage. Winter access is limited to snowmobiles, and visitors should be prepared for Maine's biting insects in late spring.

Know before you go

  • Check for access updates before planning your trip to ensure safety and compliance.
  • Drive cautiously; the area is home to moose and bear, which can pose hazards on roads.
  • Cell phone coverage is unreliable; prepare for emergencies without relying on mobile connectivity.
  • Respect the environment by carrying out all trash and avoiding the transport of firewood to prevent the spread of invasive species.
  • For a smooth journey, familiarize yourself with local logging road conditions and right-of-way rules.

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