Six moose, four rabbits, a Native American gravesite, and a little bit of Canada: That’s what we saw on our campgrounds tour from Rangeley Lake to the Moose River. (They don’t call state Route 16 “Moose Alley” for nothing!) From there, we followed the silvery-blue ribbon of Moosehead Lake to spectacular Lily Bay State Park, taking the long way around the lake since, at 117 square miles, every route is the long way, unless you swim it. Ultimately, we set up camp along Moosehead Lake’s shoreline, where the air was scented with pine and wood smoke and the distant cry of loons was a lullaby.
Maine can boast of more than 200 campgrounds, ranging from full-service camping resorts with golf courses and gourmet coffee to rustic retreats — and when they say “rustic,” they mean “there’s the outhouse.” If you’re lucky, that is. Here are a few spots we love, from mild to wild.