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.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

RV Park Review – Shore Hills Campground and RV Park (Boothbay, Maine)

Overall, we really liked this park and its location.  (Click here to read our previous post about the area.)  Within just a few miles are a host of amenities (restaurants, grocery store, gas station, brewery, etc.) and you are downtown Boothbay Harbor.  The park is large so it is a good place to exercise and walk dogs.  The owner, Jean, is extremely friendly and helpful.  One end of the park has spectacular water views and a short hiking trail that leads to an island perfect for walking a dog or bird watching.

The Boothbay area of Maine is a definite “must-see” destination if you are traveling along the Maine coast.  There are only two campgrounds in the immediate area and we have always chosen to stay at Shore Hills Campground because of the convenient location to Route 1 (the main route along the coast) and since it is just a few miles north of downtown Boothbay Harbor.

The campground is large and spread out with approximately 150 RV sites and a dozen tent sites.  An array of RV sites are offered with a wide range of hook-ups, the amount of shade, and campsite proximity to water.  Some sites are 50 amp full-hookup with cable and wifi while others are limited to 30 amp and water.  About half the sites are placed in the shaded woody section with ample space between them offering privacy.  The other sites are in an open area with little to no shade and closer together.

Our long pull-thru in the 50 amp full hook-up section.
Typical back-in located in the 50 amp full hook-up section
Back-in sites in the wooded 30 amp full hook-up section.
Roads are a mix of paved and gravel and easy to navigate with a big rig.  Campsites and patios are gravel and level.  Each site has a picnic table and fire pit.  There are 14 pull-thrus long enough to accommodate any size rig.  There is wifi in the park but since we arrived before the park was officially open, it was not turned on so we can't comment on how well it works.

There are two bathroom/shower/laundry facilities that are older but clean.  Amenities include a small playground, canoe/kayak launch and rental, activities hall, and short hiking trail.

Registration and camp store.
Bathrooms near the tent section have a dish washing area.

There is a camp store with RV supplies, souvenirs, food, ice, and information about the area. Propane is for sale on-site.  One great feature the park offers is a free shuttle that takes you to downtown Boothbay Harbor (in season)

What we really liked was how close the park was to Boothbay Harbor, Wiscasset, and East Boothbay.  There is a lot to do within a five-mile drive.   The park itself is clean and well cared for. Our site was perfect as there was nobody next to us and it was very quiet.  We love that portions of the park are on the water which makes for a beautiful setting.

Great site (#79) overlooking the water.
The owner of the park is extremely nice and while that usually doesn't matter to me, I feel she deserves a mention because of how accommodating she was.   We arrived a week before the park was due to open but she turned the water on to let us stay anyway.  Since the cable and wifi were not yet turned on, she gave us a 50 amp full hook-up site for $25 – a real steal.

The not so good things about this park is the cost in high season ($52/night for a 50 amp full hook-up site) and some of the sites (especially #100-113) can feel pretty cramped.  Space between sites is extremely close and you may not be able to use your fire pit if you have neighbors with slide-outs.  

Spirit's two cents: Spirit gives this park high marks for a couple of reasons.  First, there was water for her to swim in; second, it was large enough to get a good walk; and third, it was just a short drive to numerous hiking trails operated by the Boothbay Regional Land Trust.  There is a big field behind sites (#144-149) which was large enough to throw her tennis ball and get a good run.  Paws up!

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