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Maine RV Camping and Campgrounds

RV camping locations can be found throughout Maine. Campers and RVers can find free and inexpensive campgrounds in or near most communities. The US Forest Service (USFS), privately managed forest lands, and state and community parks offer facilities that vary from dry camping to full RV hookup campsites.

Maine Private RV Parks

  • Private RV Parks - Research tools for finding the best RV parks and campgrounds in Maine.

Official Maine RV Camping Information

  • National Park Service - Information about camping and recreation opportunities on NPS administered lands in Maine.
  • US Forest Service - USFS information about the USDA White Mountain National Forest in Maine. Free dispersed camping as well as developed campgrounds.
  • US Fish and Wildlife Service - FWS information about wildlife refuges in Maine. Not all wildlife areas allow camping, so check carefully.
  • Maine State Tourism Website - Where to go, and what to do. Includes campgrounds.
  • State Parks & Reserve Land - Information about RV camping and other outdoor recreation opportunities in Maine state parks, as well as information about camping at the more primitive Reserve Land areas of the state..

  • North Maine Woods - Information about camping opportunities on privately owned Maine forest areas. Their website has the rules and maps to designated camping locations. Many only require a state issued fire permit. 95% of Maine's forest lands are privately owned by commercial and private interests.

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Maine Public Campgrounds

Thousands of campsites are available for RV camping at public campgrounds throughout Maine. Arcadia National Park alone has over 500 campsites, most suitable for recreational vehicles. The following list of is only an example of the available public campgrounds available in Maine.

BAR HARBOR Bar Harbor Camping Location Map
Arcadia National Park offers over 500 campsites, many first come first serve. This popular park hosts over 2 million visitors each year. Activities include camping, hiking, and wildlife viewing.

BEDDINGTON Beddington Camping Location Map
Remotely located, Duck Lake Reserved Land offers RV camping. Boating, fishing, and hiking are only some of the outdoor activities available.

BETHEL Bethel Camping Location Map
The USDA has several developed campgrounds suitable for RV camping. The Hastings Campground offers vault toilets, fire rings, picnic tables, hiking and biking.

FRYEBURG Fryeburg Camping Location Map

  • Reservations are available at the Cold River Campground. Hiking, biking, boating, fishing, fire rings, and picnic tables.
  • The Basin Campground offers biking, boating, fishing, fire rings, picnic tables, flush toilet and more. Reservations accepted.

PRESQUE ISLE Presque Isle Camping Location Map
Aroostook State Park offers RV and tent camping with activities for the whole family. Reservations available.

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Federal Public Land
RV Camping Information

USFS (US Forest Service) - Describes USFS policies and rules about RV camping. Information about dispersed camping, and tips on how to find great free RV camping sites.

NPS (National Park Service) - General information about RV camping and campgrounds in US National Parks. With campgrounds in the most historic and scenic places in the country, the NPS offers some of the best places for RV camping.

USACE/COE (US Army Corp of Engineers) - USACE (perhaps better know as COE) manages water recreation areas throughout the USA. Information about finding USACE lakes, RV camping possibilities, and rules and policies for use of these water based recreation areas is included.

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RV Camping Ideas In Maine

Here's a list of places to consider when looking for a free overnight RV camping or parking location in Maine. We always recommend asking for overnight RV parking permission when looking for a free spot to spend the night. The smaller your RV, the better chances you will have finding places to stay if you choose not to ask permission. If you don't ask permission, you end up "sneaking" into places and hoping nobody bothers you or issues you a trespassing ticket before you move on.

Be smart and Be Safe...Ask Permission.

  • Truck Stops - Asking permission is usually not a requirement Be considerate of the big rigs!
  • Walmart - Not all stores allow overnight RV parking in Maine due to city ordinances. Check store for policy.
  • Nightclubs - Had one too many or just pretending?
  • Grain Elevators - Ask where you can park your RV out of the way for the night.
  • Fraternal Organizations - VFW, Elks etc. may allow members free overnight RV camping.
  • Cemetery - Sounds creepy to us, but we've also heard they may have water available.
  • Fairgrounds - State and County facilities may allow RV camping when not otherwise in use.
  • Parks - City, County, State, and Community parks often have free RV camping.
  • Churches - You can almost make "reservations" by calling ahead for permission.
  • Hotel Parking Lots - Assuming a nightclub/bar is inside, had one too many or just pretending?
  • Truck Terminals - Parking areas for large trucks might allow you free RV camping permission.
  • RV Dealers - Pretty brave to us, but you could fit right in.
  • Cracker Barrel - These nationwide restaurants usually allow free overnight RV parking.
  • Movie Theaters - Too tired to drive home after the late show?
  • Highway Rest Areas - All rest areas allow a few hours of free RV parking, but noisy.
  • Drive In Movies - Got a small RV, park in the back row and enjoy the show. Fell asleep by accident right?
  • Vehicle Repair Shops - Need to see the repairman first thing in the morning?
  • Big Box Retailers - Kmart, Best Buy, Sams Club often allow free RV camping.
  • Roadside Parks & Picnic Areas - The early day version of the rest area.

As you can see, there are a lot of free RV camping and parking possibilities in Maine. If you are not asking permission, it's best to keep a very low profile. If your RV has slide outs, jacks and TV antennas, don't use them so as not to draw attention to yourself. Consider your surroundings carefully and if you feel uncomfortable with the area, move somewhere else.