Have you ever wanted to sell everything you own and just "take off?" Travel the country's back roads, paddle down a meandering stream, experience breath-taking mountain views, walk among 100-year old trees, and just marvel at America's beauty? That is the dream that my partner, Betsy, and I decided to make a reality. This blog describes our adventure. The food we eat, people we meet, sights we see, and the enjoyment we find in traveling.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

RV Park Review – Recompence Shore Campground (Freeport, Maine)

Disclaimer: Sorry, I forgot to take more pictures of the individual campsites.

We decided to visit this campground on their “clean-up” weekend.  In return for volunteering we would get free food and a campsite for the weekend.  That sounded like a pretty good deal for us and turned out to be a great experience and we loved the campground.  The reasons we loved the campground so much was because it was on a gorgeous 630-acre working farm (Wolfe’s Neck Farm) nestled into Casco Bay.  The grounds are beautiful and just five miles from downtown Freeport (home to the L.L. Bean Flagship Store, assorted outlets shops, restaurants, grocery, etc.) and a couple of miles from Wolfe’s Neck State Park.  We would definitely come back to this campground if we were in the area.

Overall, this campground is located in an idyllic Maine setting and offers the feel you would expect to find in a state park – hiking trails, water for kayaking/fishing, and some sites with lots of space between them.  You have expansive water views of Casco Bay that provide a great backdrop for some of the campsites.  But best of all, the campground is located on a working farm so you are free to tour the barns, pet a goat, visit the community garden or buy fresh chicken eggs.   

The main barn with surrounding pasture.
One of many gorgeous sites overlooking the bay.

Roads and sites are gravel and the overwhelming majority are level.  Of the 150+ sites, only 20 have water and electric (50 amp).  All sites have picnic tables and fire pits.  There is no cable or wifi.  Reservations can be made on-line or by phone.  Our Verizon 4G phone and hotspot worked well and we got a half dozen antenna channels (including major stations).

The sites vary widely based on size, privacy, water views, and hook-ups.  They discourage RV’s larger than 35’ from coming but I am not sure how strict they are on that because they let our 40’ rig in.  There are a scattering of large sites (big enough to fit 40’) but the roads are narrow and the substrate can be soft depending on the amount of rainfall. 

Photo credit: Recompence Shore Campground Website
While no sites have sewer there is a dump station.  However, the dump station is ill-placed and would have been very hard for us to access.  Two shower houses (and a laundry) are located on the property and numerous pit toilets are scattered about.  Be aware that this campground is very spread out so in some instances sites are far from flush toilets and showers.  Water spigots are located throughout the campground.  For those without RV’s, there are great little cabins for rent that have gorgeous views, picnic tables, and fire pits. 
One of the cabins set right on Casco Bay with steps to the water.
One of the many great no hook-up sites.
Example of a water/electric site. (Photo credit: Recompence Shore Campground website)

There is lots to do without even leaving the campground such as taking a hike, visiting the farm animals, attending a lobster bake, there is a playground, you can rent kayaks/canoes/bikes, or fish in the bay.

What we really liked about this campground was being in the picturesque coastal farm setting.  We often visited the barn to watch the baby goats and lambs and Spirit was intrigued with the cows.  There is plenty of room to walk your dog and enjoy a stroll outdoors.

The proximity to L.L. Bean and downtown Freeport can’t be beat.  We especially loved hiking at Wolfe’s Neck State Park and there were plenty of places for Spirit to swim.

The not so good things about this park are the lack of sewer and that our patio was in a low, wet spot.  Also, some of the water/electric campsites are on very soft substrate which may pose a problem for large RV’s.  There are very few flush toilets for this size RV park and I’m sure they are quite crowded in the busy season. 

Spirit’s two cents indicates this is a very dog-friendly park.  Lots of room to run, play, and swim.  One good/bad aspect is that many locals walk their dogs through the park and have them off-leash.  That normally does not bother us and we like to have Spirit off-leash but we witnessed some dog fights so always had to be on-guard.  

1 comment:

  1. Very interesting place! If we ever get to that corner of the continent with our RV...


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