RV Camping - All The Comforts Away From Home
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
- 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.
RV Dumps Stations In Maine
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.
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
Lake Reserved Land offers RV
fishing, and hiking are only some of the outdoor activities available.
The USDA has
several developed campgrounds
suitable for RV camping. The Hastings
offers vault toilets,
fire rings, picnic tables,
hiking and biking.
- 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.
State Park offers RV and tent
activities for the whole family. Reservations
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
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.
Free and Low Cost
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.
Organizations - VFW, Elks etc. may allow members free overnight RV
- 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
- 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
- Truck Terminals -
Parking areas for large trucks might allow you free RV camping
- 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
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