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.

Monday, June 9, 2014

RV Park Review – Camden Hills State Park (Camden, Maine)

We have been to Camden many times before and have always loved it. The town is charming and there is so much to do in the immediate area and the surrounding towns of Rockland, Rockport, Owls Head, Lincolnville, and Belfast . . . just to name a few. But this last visit was especially great because of the campground we stayed at – Camden Hills State Park.

We stayed at this park nearly a month ago (click here for the post link) so I'm a little behind on writing this post but I really wanted to share this great park with you. Do I write RV park reviews on every park? No. Sometimes I forget to take pictures or I am so busy with writing other blogs that I run out of time. But this park is definitely one we would go back to and probably takes some planning due to its popularity during the summer.

Overall, we really liked this park. Camden Hills State Park is located three miles from downtown Camden but the 5,700 acres provide you with that serene feeling that comes with being in the peaceful woods. We arrived just a few days after the park opened for the season so the campground was especially quiet (and not all of the park was open yet. Our large back-in site (#54U) was tucked into the woods with plenty of space for us to enjoy being outside and enough trees and space for privacy. But, one of the real pluses of this park were the miles and miles of hiking trails just outside our doorstep. This factor gained the park a two paws up from Spirit.

Camden should be on everyone's list of places to see if you are traveling the Maine coast. Within 10 miles are great museums like the Farnsworth Art Museum, the Maine Lighthouse Museum, the Sail, Power, and Steam Museum, and others. There are attractive lighthouses and great restaurants. In neighboring Rockport is Shepherds Pie - one of our favorite restaurants and the Market Basket a great shop for pastries, sandwiches, wine, and coffee. Downtown Camden has a great wine and cheese shop called Lily, Lupine, and Fern and excellent clam chowder at Cappy's Chowder House. If you are looking for a great place to paddle or cool off in the crisp Maine water, check out Lake Megunticook just five miles away from the state park.

This park had one of my favorite campground features - you are allowed to gather fire wood!
One of the best features of this park is the tour road to the summit of Mt. Battie (elevation 800'). The views are spectacular and is a “must see” if you are in the area. If you would like to burn a few calories try hiking the trail to the top for a truly rewarding experience.

Reservations can be made on-line but only about half of the sites are reservable leaving the other half for walk-ups. I would advise making reservations if you want to stay over a weekend or during the summer season as this park really fills up. You can stay up to 14 days which would definitely require a reservation in the summer. Although the park accommodates larger RV's, there are a limited number of sites for those over 35 feet and the gravel roads are easy to navigate in a big rig.

Sites and patios are gravel and level with a picnic table and fire pit. Approximately, half the sites have water and 30/50 amp electric and the others are no hookups. There is a dump station and water spigots are scattered throughout the campground. Free showers are located in the bathhouse/restrooms.

Nice large pull thru site.
Back-in site with water and electric.

There is no cable and satellite can be difficult due to trees. There are nine sites (55 - 63) located in an open field that may be able to pick up satellite. Our antenna found one major network and a few PBS stations. The Verizon signal on our phone and wifi on our hotspot were strong.  The park does have free wifi at most campsites and our signal was very strong.  (Sites #68-81 do not have wifi).

Site 55U is located in an open field in the front of the park.  The site has water and electric.
There are really no amenities at this park other than the tour road to Mt. Battie, a swing set from the 1970's, a picnic shelter, and the trails.

What we really liked was the convenient location to downtown Camden and other cute towns, there are hiking trails just outside your doorstep, and you are within five miles of a grocery, restaurants, attractions, etc. The sites are large and have nice privacy. And the price was right at $27/night.

The not so good is that there is no sewer hook up. Had there been sewer at our site, we would have stayed a lot longer. The lack of television options was a bit of a bummer but we didn't seem to mind for the four days we were there.

Spirits two cents . . . this park was a winner for her. The miles and miles of trails are great for walking dogs and the campground is large enough to go for a good walk. We read there is a dog park in Camden but we did not visit it. Our site was large enough for her to be on a 40' long tether and not even come close to the road.   

A typical trail

1 comment:

  1. I can see why that park fills up so fast in the summer, really nice and a great price for a Maine campground. Glad Spirit approved, too! :c)


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