Camping in Maine during the warmer months of the year is a wonderful perk of being in the best state in the USA! Easing out of cold, snowy weather and into more daylight and warmth means it’s time for Mainers to pack that tent and sleeping bag for summer trips outdoors. But, as you make your plans, rather than staying close to home you might want to consider something new. Here are a few islands in Maine that you might not know you can camp on! Are you ready for some Maine island camping? Make your water transportation plans and head out for mission: Island Camping Maine!

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As with any camping you do, be sure to respect all the rules that are in place when partaking in Maine island camping. Most areas do not allow any open fires without a permit and even then, you’ll need to follow certain rules for where they’re located. Many thanks to the Maine Coast Heritage Trust website from which we were able to pull some information. You can search their preserves by location or activity type if you visit the Maine Coast Heritage on Facebook.

After you’ve made plans to enjoy these beautiful camping spots surrounded by water, consider heading inland to explore one of the most unique areas of Maine. There are tons of campsites near the Canadian border Maine so branch out and explore! Of course, no matter where you choose to camp be sure you have the right gear for a fantastic trip. There’s nothing better than Maine’s own L.L. Bean.

Speaking of summertime fun in unexpected places, did you see our article about Maine’s natural waterslide at Step Falls?

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Where can I go primitive in Maine?

 

You can go primitive camping in Maine throughout the state. Whether you are looking for island camping in vacationland or a more traditional campground, Maine offers some of the best camping on the east coast. Here are some of the best camping spots in Maine (both primitive and established campground) for your next weekend getaway:

  • Sebago Lake State Park, Casco, ME: The largest state park in southern Maine, you'll be treated to clean campsites with fire pits for an evening of toasting marshmallows under the stars. With 200 sites both reservable and non-reservable, you are sure to find a spot you like.
  • Bradbury Mountain State Park, Pownal, ME: This smaller campground has 35 sites nestled in the quiet forests of Bradbury Mountain State Park. The campground can accommodate tent campers and RV campers alike. With plenty of hiking trails and gorgeous views, this campground is just the Maine camping experience you are looking for.
  • Natanis Point Campground, Coburn Gore, ME: Up near the Canadian border, this campground is located on the beautiful Chain of Ponds. As you can imagine, kayaking, fishing, and canoeing are spectacular in this area. Many of the camping sites are located right at the water's edge. The campsite managers even offer ATVs for use on the local off-road trails.
  • Baxter State Park, Millinocket, ME: If you are looking for a true backcountry camping experience, head to this gorgeous state park where there are two backcountry camping spots. One of these destinations is Chimney Rock on the way to Katahdin. Take a three-mile trail from the Roaring Brook campsite to find lean-tos and a ten-person bunkhouse. The other site is Russell Pond. Take the seven-mile hike from Roaring Brook to get there. You'll find three tent sites, five lean-tos, and an eight-person bunkhouse.

 

What are the most beautiful beaches in Maine?

The most beautiful beaches in Maine can be found up and down the entire coast. With more coastline than California, there are plenty of spots to explore. Here are some local favorites:

  • Old Orchard Beach, York County: Perhaps the most well-known beach in Maine, this tourist-filled spot is popular for a reason. Enjoy some time on the long sandy beach before heading to the pier for the town's famous "pier fries" and games in the arcade. Don't leave before enjoying some rides in the amusement park! This beach is even beautiful to visit in the off-season.
  • Ocean Park, York County: Just down the road (literally, you can walk) from Old Orchard Beach you'll find this quiet hamlet. With a few local shops and some great sandy coastline, this is a must try if you love Old Orchard Beach, but want something far quieter.
  • Webb Lake, Franklin County: Don't forget about Maine's inland beaches. This one, located in Weld, offers calm swimming on a pristine lake. Book yourself a weekend camp to fully take advantage of the beauty and fun.

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