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    I'm not really familar w/ the state campgrounds in Maine but would like suggestions on campgrounds some of you may have camped at up North towards Katahdin and also Acadia. I really do like state campgrounds although private campgrounds can be nice too. A campground w/ WI-FI is an added bonus for logging your finds at the end of the day rather than waiting to get home to log your umpteen finds throughout the weekend....just a simple tent site is all I need. Any recommendations?
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    When are looking to camp? There are a lot of places closed till May/June.

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    I haven't camped down on the island for some time, but when I have camped there in the past I was partial to the Quietside Campground -- much, much more private than the campsites in Acadia (unless you like having two trees separating you from the next site )

    When I go up north camping (my preference -- well that and going Downeast) I'll camp off the Golden Road while in the Millinocket Area (Wheelbarrow Pitch or Little Omaha Beach (my #1 pick -- not Omaha Beach -- Hiram can tell you some nightmare stories about that place) are my preferred camping haunts.

    When I go to the County I usually go to the state-run campground in Presque Isle -- truly one of the best places I have ever camped. Good, cheap rates. Nice, clean and hot showers and bathrooms. Great folks managing the place. A decent level of privacy and it's usually not crowded . . . and a couple of caches located nearby not to mention the hundreds of caches scattered throughout the County.

    When I go Downeast I've always camped at Cobscook Bay State Park -- another pretty decent place . . . especially if you go before the "regular" season since you can get a great, private spot right on the shoreline. I've also camped on one of the islands in the bay that was owned (but has since been sold) by the college I attended. Good memories of a couple of camping outings there -- had the whole island to ourselves . . . picked fresh blueberries on the island for blueberry pancakes . . . found a great sand/gravel beach to hang out on . . . forgot about the legendary Cobscook Bay tides and on a canoe trip around the island ended up having to "portage" the canoe a goodly ways through thick, foot-thick mud when the tide went out and the island more than doubled in size . . . and then there's the time my brother and his buddy left me and my buddy behind with 2/3 of the camping gear and we had to gingerly paddle across the bay with the waterline only being 2 inches or so below the top of the canoe.

    Wow . . . it may be frigid outside, but these memories of camping are already making me think of summer again -- not that I'm in any rush, I'm enjoying what little snow and cold we have.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tat View Post
    When are looking to camp? There are a lot of places closed till May/June.
    Yes most campgrounds don't open until Memorial Day weekend.
    I was hoping to transfer my existing reservations at another campground to a State campground up in Northern Maine...just not sure where. I get overwhelmed looking at the websites....

    Thanx for all your suggestions...I will look into some of these...

    I'm not interested in the campgrounds that only offer coin operated showers but that you have to drive a mile into town to use....
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    Get a Maine Delorme Atlas and Gazzateer. Not only does it have a lot of cool info and maps, but you will no doubt want to tackle the "Delorme Challenge"!

    If you look at the key, it shows symbols for primative, public and private campgrounds. There used to be a lot of roadside camping spots and many are still listed on the maps, but, a lot of these have been closed because of abuse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tat View Post
    If you look at the key, it shows symbols for primative, public and private campgrounds. There used to be a lot of roadside camping spots and many are still listed on the maps, but, a lot of these have been closed because of abuse.
    I have the coords for quite a few of the " primitive " campsites, we passed on our way to completing the DeLorme Challenge. No luxuries, and no neighbors. Showers? Just jump in!

    Last year we stayed at Katahdin Shadows Campground and Cabins. http://www.katahdinshadows.com/
    We really had it nice in a cabin.
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    One of my very favorite campsites of all times is Frost Pond Camps. It is near Mt. Katahdin, but is a private campground. They have a website you can check out: frostpondcamps.com (Sorry I don't know how to do a hyperlink ) There are a number of really neat geocaches nearby. They have cabins as well as tent sites. We never stayed at the cabins, but the tent sites are really nice, and they have showers at the main building.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mainelyroses View Post
    One of my very favorite campsites of all times is Frost Pond Camps. It is near Mt. Katahdin, but is a private campground. They have a website you can check out: frostpondcamps.com (Sorry I don't know how to do a hyperlink
    I do!

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    The best campground I have ever found was Ocean Wood in Birch Harbor (right near the exit from Schoodic Point loop road). That is quite a way north of what most people think of as Acadia NP, but I think it is worth the drive and schoodic point is well worth seeing. It is right on the waterfront and the owner does not allow radios, partying or other noise which is my primary complaint about campgrounds.

    PS - Black Mountain in the nearby Donnell Pond Public Reserve has remote campsites, a great view of the Park and a Cache on top.
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    One campground I've stayed at about twenty times, year after year, is located off the beaten track on the Scoodic peninsula, just outside of that section of Acadia National Park. Ocean Wood campground in Birch Harbor is run by a great family headed up by Mike Brunton (207 963-7194). There are many types of camping available, each in it's own area, including RV, tenting, and wilderness tenting. One thing special about the campground is that all campers are to respect relative quiet, and those who don't can soon find themselves looking for another place to stay.

    The wilderness tenting area is especially nice. By itself, somewhat elevated, just above the ocean's rocky shorefront. In that area it's especially peaceful and quiet...no radios or dogs allowed in this spot. Great views!

    I've always stayed in one of three particular RV sites right on the ocean toward the other side of the cove. If you're looking for a bit of night life this isn't the place to come, but there are a few stores and several good restaurants within a couple of miles. The loop drive around the Scoodic section of Acadia is unforgetable.

    I had somehow missed the above post when I wrote and posted this. Confirmation is great, though.
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