So the wife and I have wanted to travel to Maine for many years now, but as many of us have experienced, camping in the summer (read when schools let out for summer vacation) can be quite a challenge to find peace and quiet. But being ever vigilant, I think I have found a solution. An adults only campground in Scarborough Maine.
We won't be going until September, but will provide a complete report upon our return. In the meantime, if this is your cup of tea, check it out.
We'll be going in that area in about 2 years, so very interested in your feedback. Looks very interesting and not far from Portland which is a nice city to have close by.
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We're recently back from four great days of Scamping on Mt. Desert Island, downeast Maine (Acadia NP, Bar Harbor). We used to go camping there every summer with our kids but hadn't been back for years. It's an 8 hour drive for us, so you really need at least three full nontravel days to justify though a week would be better. Acadia offers everything on a grand scale, crashing ocean, rocky shores, biking on miles of carriage roads (thanks to Rockefeller), kayaking lakes and ocean, great hikes to mountaintop vistas, even great driving on the famous loop road. We camped at the Mt. Desert Campground outside of the NP. They limit trailers to 20' or less, had full hookups and nice campsites, (much better than the NP, Blackwoods campground.) Very clean, well run, hot water in bathroom, quiet after 10, coffee in the morning, ice cream at night. It's located at the top of Somes Sound, one of the few true fjords in US, with direct access from the campground. Acadia is a true joy and unlike any other NP. Maine at its finest. That said Acadia was very crowded (June 21st) hard to imagine what happens in July.
A closer venue we like in Maine is Sagadahock Bay Campground, on Georgetown Island, about an hour north of Portland. It's on a tidal bay; the water view sites were nothing special, very open, big trailers. But there's a second camping section away from the water with huge rock wall backdrop and full hookups, very private and beautiful. Dump site on the premises. Reid State park (day use only) not far away. Plenty of kayaking, biking opportunity, swimming if you dare. Robinhood cove is our favorite kayak site onto the ocean, boat launch right in town. Not as dramatic an area as Mt. Desert/Acadia, but beautiful, not crowded. Georgetown Island pottery is worth a stop for sure. Even in Maine, the lobstah isn't cheap. But a lobster roll on a grilled bun with a side of onion rings, watching the sun set on the harbor is worth the price.
We find that the state and national park camp grounds are quieter than most of the private ones. Most of the private camp grounds are in the entertainment business. They have play grounds, live music, movies, and other things for the kids to do.
Our favorite camp Ground in Maine so far (We haven't visited all of them yet!) is Lilly Bay on Moosehead Lake.
I've been staying mostly at KOA campgrounds since we picked up our Scamp last summer, but I do plan to try out a state park in the near future. But you are correct, lots of entertainment for the kids to do. Nothing wrong with kids, I have two beautiful grand daughters, but sometimes we all need a little peace and quiet.
Well the Mrs. and I are back from our trip to Maine. The Wild Duck Camping Resort was awesome. It is very small, but there was plenty of room at each site. Bathrooms and Laundry Room was always clean with plenty of hot water. We met a number of very friendly people who really liked our little Scamp trailer. Or hosts Yuvi and Janani were attentive to our needs and pointed out a number of must do things while we were in Maine. I guess the only negative was that there was no camp store, so if you needed supplies, ice, propane or groceries it was on the local economy.
Scarborough was a good location for a base camp and gave us easy access to Portland and Freeport. We took a day trip up to Down East Acadia/Bar Harbor which was about 3 hours up the coast. Along the way, we stopped at one of those roadside lobster shacks and feasted on two huge lobsters. Cooked to perfection and absolutely delicious. Another day trip was to Boothbay Harbor for an afternoon of whale watching aboard a local charter.
Portland was fun, but finding a place to park was a bit of a hassle and I won't even go into how overpriced things were at L.L. Bean
All in all, it was a great trip at a very nice campground. Great food, friendly people and lots to see and do.
Footnote: Drove through southern Vermont enroute to Maine and stopped to enjoy the view at Hogback Mountain. Thinking a trip to Vermont may be in the cards for next spring.