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