The Best Camping in Maine

Looking for the best camping in Maine? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Maine. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top camping spots in and near Maine

  • Mount Desert, Maine

    Hike around Jordan Pond

    4.8
    3.23 mi
    If you ever find yourself in Acadia National Park, be sure to check out Jordan Pond. Jordan Pond is a 3.6 mile long pond sitting in the heart of Mt. Desert Island. The shoreline of the pond has amazing views of the The Bubbles, which are two similar mountains that resemble "bubbles". The pond has...
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  • Mount Desert, Maine

    Camp at Blackwoods Campground in Bar Harbor

    5.0
    Blackwoods Campground is one of two campgrounds located within Acadia National Park. Since the park does not permit backcountry camping, options to stay outdoors in the actual park are limited to this campground and the Seawall Campground further south on Mt. Desert Island. There are places to ca...
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  • Mount Desert, Maine

    Camp at Mount Desert Campground on Somes Sound

    5.0
    Being in the center of Mt. Desert Island, you are just a quick drive to Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor.This campground offers waterfront and off-waterfront sites.  The waterfront is right along Somes Sound and offers amazing views at anytime of the day.  We went during off season (no reserva...
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  • Isle au Haut, Maine

    Camp at Acadia National Park's Duck Harbor

    8.85 mi / 150 ft gain
    Introduction Didn't think there was backpacking to be done in Acadia National Park?  Think again!  Isle au Haut (pronounced "isle ah ho") is a little island off of Stonington, Maine.  Half of the island is a quiet and quaint New England island community and the other half is part of Acadia Natio...
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  • Millinocket, Maine

    Backpack to Russell Pond, Davis Pond, Baxter Peak, and the Knife Edge

    20 mi / 5000 ft gain
    Day #1 This Backpacking trip starts at the Roaring Brook campground on the east side of Baxter SP. Immediately after entering the park through the Togue Gate, take the first right towards Roaring Brook CG. Register with the Ranger there and begin your hike to Russell Pond on the Russell Pond Tra...
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  • Trailhead: Cutler Bold Coast Trail, Maine

    Backpack Cutler Coast

    9.6 mi / 0 ft gain
    This is a great hike for beginner backpackers! We were able to successfully complete it with our 4month old puppy! At the trailhead, there is plenty of parking and an outhouse. We took the coastal trail to the ocean and continued along the Fairy Head Loop: This trail provides the most extensive s...
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  • Mount Desert, Maine

    Off-season Camp at Blackwoods Campground

    0.75 mi
    When we saw that the weather in Acadia was going to be mid 40's and sunny in March, we decided we had to go. However, when you go in March there are a lot of different things about Acadia National Park that are helpful to know.First of all, it is recommended that you camp at Blackwoods Campground...
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  • Brownville, Maine

    Hike the Grand Canyon of Maine (Gulf Hagas)

    8.6 mi / 1000 ft gain
    Find the trailhead by turning left at the Brownville junction and then turning left onto Katahdin Ironworks Rd. This is a well maintained dirt road (had no trouble getting down it with a Corolla). There is a checkpoint where you need to pay a day use fee. When I went summer 2018 it was $9 per per...
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  • Baxter Park Road, Maine

    Backpack to Katahdin Lake

    3.0
    6.6 mi / 0 ft gain
    This hike is located in Baxter. Maine residents gain free admission into the park; non-residents must purchase a day pass ($14 per vehicle) or season pass ($39 per vehicle). After entering the park at Togue Pond Gate of Baxter State Park, bear right and continue onto the Roaring Brook Road for 6....
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  • New Portland, Maine

    Hike Avery Peak and West Bigelow

    9 mi / 3000 ft gain
    Begin on East Flagstaff Rd and follow the Safford Brook Trail until you reach the junction with the Appalachian Trail. Turning left or north bound will bring you, shortly to the side trail for the Safford Brook Campsite; turning right (or southbound) on the A.T. will begin the climb to Avery Peak...
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  • Weld, Maine

    Hike Tumbledown Mountain

    5.6 mi / 2300 ft gain
    To keep the hike as short as possible, the hike can be an out and back at 5.6 miles, but if you wanted to make it a loop that is possible and adds only an additional 2 miles or so. We took the Brook Trail up to the summit (which passes by the alpine lake) and then followed it back down. To hike t...
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  • Millinocket, Maine

    Summit Mt. Katahdin via the Knife Edge Trail

    11.2 mi / 5267 ft gain
    Started the hike at Roaring Brook Campground and followed the Chimney Pond Trail for 3.3 miles one-way (Elevation gain 1,425 ft). Upon reaching the Chimney Pond Campground, we re-watered and started up Dudley Trail for a short, but steep 1.3 miles one-way (Elevation gain to Pamola Peak 1,988 ft)....
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  • Millinocket, Maine

    Five Ponds Loop

    6.28 mi / 640 ft gain
    Five Ponds Loop is a loop trail that takes you by the lake located near Patten, Maine.
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  • Millinocket, Maine

    South Branch Pond Loop

    6.22 mi / 1801 ft gain
    South Branch Pond Loop is a loop trail that takes you by the lake located near Millinocket, Maine.
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  • Millinocket, Maine

    Baxter Peak via Saddle and Cathedral Loop

    9.61 mi / 3720 ft gain
    Baxter Peak via Saddle and Cathedral Loop is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Millinocket, Maine.
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  • Bowdoinham, Maine

    Swan Island Loop

    7.48 mi / 492 ft gain
    Swan Island Loop is a loop trail that takes you by a river located near Bowdoinham, Maine.
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