Location: If you are looking for privacy, you will very likely get it staying here. You have to travel almost 1.5 miles along a dirt road to get here, so it definitely feels like it is off the beaten path. The landscape is beautiful, and I saw a number of shooting stars at night. During my final night, I heard coyotes pass right by my tent (Note that I kept food in my car parked away from the tent). There is no street address provided for this property, and the directions that came after I made my reservation were sufficient for me to find my way eventually, but not great. This became a slight issue when my rental car refused to start my final day and I needed to provide directions to a tow truck. The host says in his instructions that he doesn’t provide an address because sometimes the gps is inexact, but I had cell reception my entire time there (Verizon) and was able to use my gps to direct the tow truck to where I was.
Camping facilities: There are 5 campsites separated by wooden partitions, about 20 feet from each other. I assume that since I was staying during winter time, this was not a busy time for this area. I had only one camping neighbor during my entire 4 nights. If all 5 camp sites filled up, I suspect that things might feel a bit busier. The presence of a working sink, flush toilet, and spigot for water were all a plus for a desert stay. There are fire pits but no chairs or even rocks for sitting.
Host: I cannot say too much about the host since I never met him while I was there. I contacted him twice, once before and once during my stay. In both cases, correspondence from him honestly wasn’t very effective for my needs, but I also recognize that I was there around New Years and perhaps he was busy. Because of my lack of interactions with him, I cannot comment further.
This was a wonderful camping experience. Highly recommended! The area is simply beautiful. The camp sites are on an island close to the mainland on the coast of Maine. Our site led onto a rocky beach with views of the bay all around. There are kayaks and canoes available for rental, so we had freedom to explore the island and surroundings. We had access to water and showers throughout the stay, and even carts were available for moving supplies between the beach to the campsite. The Flood family was also incredibly warm and friendly, with several members greeting us upon arrival and seeing us off upon departure.
As an aside to help you figure out if this is the camping experience for you, I wanted to point out that this is a little more involved than car camping, something more akin to a walk-in campsite. Though showers and water are available, they are on the mainland. On the island itself, there is an outhouse, but no water supply, trash cans, or electrical outlets. You can drive up to the dock to unload from your car - and can always access your car on the mainland in the parking lot - but when you are on the island, you are truly camping. You bring all of the supplies you will need to stay there with you. Planning helps a lot, since it is much easier to get back and forth at high tide, when you can boat between the dock on the mainland and the island in no more than 10 minutes. The trips between the island and mainland are not difficult at all, and the fact that you can shower and get water when you want makes this easier than many other camping experiences I've had. All of this was a great arrangement for us, but I wanted to provide this information to set the right expectations.
We would definitely consider staying again and encourage others to do so as well!
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