The Ridge (elev. 850') is a beautiful level camping spot at the crest of a steep logging spur above our over 2 mile long private logging/snowmobile trail. Only a 350 yard hike from the parking area (starting elevation is 630') off the historic B. Gilpatrick road, the vista is well worth the last short (150 yard) steep climb at the end (Please consider this site as NOT suitable for folks who can't do that last stretch, ie. small children, those with joint issues or otherwise not reasonably conditioned!) Don't forget your floaties because the farm's private swimming areas on both nearby Big and Little Clemons Ponds are also available for HipCampers. NOTE: At least a 2WD SUV or other higher ground clearance vehicle is needed to traverse the unpaved B. Gilpatrick road to reach our parking area below this site. Typical sedans and other low vehicles will NOT be able to reach the parking area!
At 900 acre Clemons Pond Farm we have you covered, from remote camping to drive-up "semi glamping" with fully outfitted wood stove heated cabin tents and kayaks at our two gorgeous lakefront Tentrr campsites.
(Go to www.Tentrr.com and search for "Clemons lakefront".)
If a Tentrr lakefront site is unreserved you may enjoy free use of our kayaks at one of the ponds.
- Check in: After 1PM
- Check out: Before 11AM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Go straight to camp
- Minimum nights: 2
- Accepts bookings: 3 months out
- Response time: Within 12 hours
- Response rate: 83%
Offered on the Host's property or nearby.
Old logging roads and snowmobile trails are abundant!
No jet skis or motor boats. Tandem kayaks may be available depending on Tentrr bookings
2 lakes and several brooks
Many good options on site and w/in 5 miles.
Riding lessons available at equestrian center less than 5 miles away
Nearby Saco river trip options abound. On our lakes no jet skis or motor boats. Tandem kayaks may be available depending on Ten...Read more
Several ski areas within about 30 minutes
Accessible from the Notch Rd, our nice pine-shaded private swimming areas on Big and Little Clemons are always available for a ...Read more
It's Maine, you're in the woods......
Natural features you'll find at The Ridge at Clemons Pond Farm in Maine.
800+ acres are forested
1000's of feet of private shore front on 2 lakes
Mild elevation from 450' to 1,100'
Hay and blueberry fields
River, stream, or creek
Several cool and clean mountain brooks on the property, some flow quite substantially in the spring
The vibe at The Ridge at Clemons Pond Farm
Places to see near The Ridge at Clemons Pond Farm
If you stayed here and have some insider info for us, let us know!
Andrew was great! We had a phone call to make sure this site was right for us. It was a bit of a hike, but the views were fantastic! Andrew was very helpful and reachable via text or phone throughout the trip. The land is beautiful and we look forward to exploring more of it! We came with dogs and it was perfect for them, the areas were well defined so they could roam without getting too far.
Campsite with a view
My husband and I camped for two nights in August with our two boys, 5 and 3 years old. Having a 4WD vehicle (our pickup also has a lift) was key as the logging road access to the site is quite a bumpy ride! It was the first camping experience for the boys--they loved it. We picked wild blackberries growing on the side of the trail, roasted marshmallows on the fire, enjoyed the view and at night, felt like we were the only ones for miles. The campsite itself is bumpy, so we were happy that we brought an inflatable mat to sleep on.
We didn't realize that most of the other parts of the property (the lake access, blueberry fields) were about 3 miles away...unfortunately a little too far for the boys. So, we ended up driving around much more than we expected.
Overall we had a fun time camping here. Andrew was attentive and obviously cared a lot about being a good host and sharing the beauty of his property with visitors.
That said, we had a tough time getting a sense of what the actual camp site was like despite the volume of information posted and a pre-confirmation phone call with Andrew. The description of the access is accurate; the road in is rocky and you need decent clearance (we were in a Rav4 and clipped a few rocks). There is a clearing designated for parking, and the hike up from there is in two parts. The first is mostly grassy, a little uneven, and although it isn't as steep as the second part, it's definitely a good incline. After walking it the first time, we decided to bring the car up, which looks intimidating but it was fine. The second part is a hard hike. Not only is it steep, but the trail is loose rocks and dirt. We made the hike up several times with gear and for other excursions; we're both fit and in our mid-30's and we had to be quite careful. It definitely got our hearts going! If you have a lot of gear and/or aren't very sure of yourself, this site might not be the best choice.
The site itself was nice. The ground has some vegetation but is pretty rocky and very uneven, but our host had recently raked and prepared a dirt tent pad under an overhanging tree branch. Not sure how well this dirt pad would have held up in a heavy rain. Thankfully we didn't experience one, but it was drizzling steadily on the morning we left and held up ok. Great rock ring for campfires, and a really beautiful western view, as advertised.
We took advantage of the pond access, which was, again, somehow hard to know what to expect from the pre-departure information. It's a 5 minute drive away, then an easy walk down from the road to a small clearing, where there's a little platform. The lake is calm and there are residents around but it's still very quiet. Bring a hammock and floaties!