Missing Ocean Wood? Consider these

Now none of these can replace Ocean Wood, Mike Brunton’s campground on the the Schoodic Peninsula that closed after last summer. But, if you’re looking for a place to pitch your tent or park your pop-up, pick-up or small RV on the coast, a campground with few frills but big natural assets, consider these:

Recompence Shores Campsites, Freeport: An eco-sensitive campground that’s part of Wolfe’s Neck Farm (you know, kid-friendly farm animals for petting and educational programs). That aside, there are 175 wooded tent sites, a few with hook-ups, spread along three miles of tidal Casco Bay shoreline, far from the frenzy that’s downtown Freeport.

Hermit Island Campground, Phippsburg: Start planning now to snag one of these 275 tenting and pick-up sites.  Why? The location, on a causeway-linked, 2455-acre island at the tip of the Phippsburg peninsula, south of Bath. There are open and wooded sites, but no-hookups. Pluses include seven private beaches and hiking trails.

Old Quarry Ocean Adventures Campground, Stonington: A possibility, although it’s probably far busier than most Ocean Wood devotees would prefer, as it’s also the headquarters for Old Quarry’s kayak/boat/bike etc adventures. Still, the camping sites are away from the madness, and no vehicles are allowed near the wooded and/or oceanfront campsites, all with tenting platforms. Only three with RV hook-ups.

Mt Desert Campground, Somesville, Mount Desert: This one’s a gem, at the head of Somes Sound on Mount Desert Island. It has 152 tent sites in the woods and along the shoreline. Electrical hook-ups are available, but no trailers allowed that are longer than 20 feet.

Mainayr Campground, Steuben: In the Ayr family since 1958, this well-off-the-beaten-path campground has 35 tenting and RV sites on tidal Joy Cove. Nothing fancy or fussy. Just good ole campin’, with Ayr family stories perhaps shared around the campfire.

Cobscook Bay State Park, Edmunds Township: One of the crown camping jewels in Maine’s state park system. There are 106 sites in the woods, in the fields, and along the shore line of this spectacular 888-acre chunk of real estate. Raw. Remote. Gorgeous.


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2 Responses to “Missing Ocean Wood? Consider these”

  1. Kristin Says:

    Thanks, Hilary!
    It’s going to be a while till we pitch our tent again, but we can dream, and this list is so good to know about. I’ve got it printed out and ready for our next get-away. Thank you!

  2. Jim Counihan Says:


    Just called my best friend in Conneticut to tell him the news…an effort is underway to SAVE Oceanwood.

    His family and mine have been camping there almost since the Bruntons opened it. Our kids have grown up with wonderful memories of the place — as do we adults.

    Thanks for the info on other camping experiences, but let’s all do whatever is in our power to save this incredible part of Maine.

    Best to all fellow Ocean Wood “alums.”

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