Have Tent, Will Travel

The insider's guide to 11 kid-perfect New England campsites
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Mount Katahdin in Baxter State Park takes the title of tallest mountain in Maine, at 5,267 feet. (oi2)

Hermit Island Campground, Bath, Maine
Located on a 225-acre private island, where each spacious site is set in the woods on the shore of Casco Bay, it's hard to top this campground. And though you'll bed down on one of 275 land-based sites, it's a dream for sailors, sea kayakers, and other boaters (canoe rentals available). The campground also owns a 50-foot deep-sea fishing boat that sails daily for cod- and tuna-fishing trips. (207.443.2101; www.hermitisland.com)

Blackwoods and Seawall Campgrounds, Acadia National Park, Maine
Situated in a forest of spruce and shrubs, Blackwoods' 306 sites are conveniently located on the east side of Mount Desert Island, where trails lead up to the peak of 1,530-foot Cadillac Mountain. Seawall is on the island's quieter west side. The 212 drive-up or hike-in campsites are linked to shoreline and self-guided nature trails. Reservations can be made at least eight weeks in advance from June 15 to September 15 by contacting the park at: P.O. Box 177, Bar Harbor, ME 04609. (207.288.3338 or 207.288.3274; www.nps.gov/acad/camping.htm)

Baxter State Park, Millinocket, Maine
Choices of campsites at Baxter, nestled in Maine's North Woods, are virtually unlimited. Options include ten campgrounds accessible by road, two more hike-in campgrounds, and over 20 single backcountry sites or lean-to's. Russell and Chimney Pond, near the base of Katahdin, are extremely popular areas. Kidney Pond and Daicey Pond offer rustic cabins with beds, gas lanterns, tables, chairs, and firewood. Summer reservations, May 15 to October 15, can be requested by mail with the fee enclosed after December 26. Send to: Baxter State Park, 64 Balsam Drive, Millinocket, ME 04462. (207.723.5140; www.baxterstateparkauthority.com)

Boston-based writer Stephen Jermanok has authored or contributed to 11 books on the outdoors, including Outside Magazine's Adventure Guide to New England , Discovery Channel's Backcountry Treks , Discovery Channel's Paddlesports , Outside Magazine's Guide to Family Vacations and Men's Journal's The Great Life . His latest book is New England Seacoast Adventures . His many adventures appear in National Geographic Adventure , Outside , Men's Journal , Forbes FYI , Travel + Leisure , Hooked on the Outdoors , and Backpacker . He can be reached at farandaway@comcast.net.

Published: 1 Aug 2006 | Last Updated: 24 Oct 2012
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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