Best Places to Camp in Maine

    Debsconeag Lakes Wilderness Area

    The Nature Conservancy manages this pocket wilderness in the shadow of Mount Katahdin, accessed only by hiking or paddling in. The organization also maintains a couple dozen spacious and impeccably clean lakeside campsites—with picnic tables, huge firepits, and clean latrines—available on a first-arrival basis with no reservations or fees.

    Lily Bay State Park

    Ninety campsites—many wooded, others lakeside—flank a cove on the east side of western Maine’s immense and impressive Moosehead Lake. The dramatic lakeside hump of Mount Kineo is just a few miles up the shore, and an easy, two-mile shoreline trail from the campground shows off the stunning blue of the lake.

    Hermit Island Campground

    With six sandy beaches that only campers can access (many just a stone’s throw from the campsites), it’s worth pitching a tent on this tiny island just to lay claim to a stretch of sand away from the crowds. That no RVs or hard-topped trailers are allowed only ups Hermit Island’s feel of silence and

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