Camping in Maine
From the sparkling Acadia National Park to the unbelievable Desert of Maine, this state offers campers a diverse, natural experience. It starts on the rocky coast, follows its rivers to wonderful mountain ranges and stretches over endless tracts of remote forest until it stops at Canada. Along the way, you will find history, culture, unique shops, delicious food, breathtaking scenery and the perfect way to recharge your batteries
Maine Campground Owners Association
The Maine Campground Owners Association (MECOA) is the premier resource for supporting campground owners and promoting camping in Maine. CampMaine.com is the official website of the Maine Camping Guide, both are products of MECOA. MECOA represents over 190 of Maine’s licensed campgrounds.
MECOA produces the Maine Camping Guide each year and have the CampMaine.com for all camping public to research and find the right campground member for their needs. CampMaine.com is commonly the first stop for camping enthusiasts before they make their summer camping plans. For its campground members, MECOA also provides business resources for many different services and products.
Explore Maine’s 8 Diverse Regions
Maine is made up of 8 regions, each very distinct from one another with its own major attractions, resources and geographical features.
The South Coast is a region of contrasts. The quaint inland communities to the west of Portland and bustling coastal Route 1. The quiet elegance of Kennebunk and Ogunquit are only a few miles from the boardwalk of Old Orchard Beach and what has been termed “The Children’s Miracle Mile” in Saco with its outdoor amusement parks and waterslides.
Greater Portland, a four-season destination in southern Maine, offers scenic beauty, recreational opportunities and a wealth of historic and cultural attractions. Maine’s metropolitan area sits right on lovely Casco Bay, a gateway to historic forts and lighthouses. Day and night, Portland’s bustling waterfront is alive with activity and people: fisherman and ferries; sightseeing cruises and pleasure boats; restaurants and shops. A four-season recreational wonderland, Portland is surrounded by classic New England villages, wide sandy beaches and Freeport, home of renowned L.L. Bean.
Everything about the Western Lakes and Mountains Region is impressive. It boasts hundreds of crystal clear blue lakes, several rugged mountain ranges and more than enough outdoor and indoor activities to keep most people busy for days. The entire region is a paradise for those who enjoy water sports, camping, fishing, hiking, biking and any of the other outdoor activities for which Maine is so well known.
The Kennebec Valley is best known for fertile farmlands, countless lakes, streams and ponds, and the historically important Kennebec River. Outdoor activities abound, and whitewater rafting is a regular occurrence on many of the beautiful rivers that flow through this region.
Maine’s MidCoast & Islands Region is defined by coastal Route 1 which skirts an irregular rockbound shoreline that changes dramatically from the southern coast of Maine. Peninsulas jut out from several spots along the Mid-coast and each contains a flavor all its own – from historic Pemaquid Point to the commercial development of Boothbay Harbor.
Millions of visitors each year can’t be wrong – the Downeast/Acadia Region is spectacular. Magnificent in its grandeur, the region has highlights including the famous view from Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park, and Bangor – once called “The Queen City” and now the commercial center of the region.
Two of Maine’s most spectacular natural assets are located within the dramatic and scenic Katahdin/Moosehead Region. The 40-mile long Moosehead Lake near Greenville, and the majestic and challenging mile-high Mt. Katahdin at Baxter State Park, attract outdoor enthusiasts from around the world.
Northern Maine was made for outdoor enjoyment. Highlighted by a low rolling countryside, Aroostook County offers more than 2,000 lakes, streams and rivers, and plenty of opportunities for camping, hiking, biking, golfing and canoeing. The region encompasses more than 6,600 square miles of wooded terrain dotted with thousands of acres of farmland.
Maine is famous for its rugged, picturesque coastlines and at Acadia National Park, you’ll get the chance to enjoy plenty of those iconic views. Situated centrally on the coast, this park is the perfect place to explore the Maine’s islands. The oldest National Park east of the Mississippi, visitors at Acadia can explore historic carriage roads, hike the 125 miles of trails, fish, go horseback riding and so much more. And the fun isn’t only relegated to summer – come in the fall for impressive leaf-peeping and in the winter, get adventurous with snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, ice fishing and dog sledding.