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We will be going to a funeral in Portsmouth, NH the end of July (my Aunt who passed away last December, funeral postponed due to COVID restrictions).  We plan on heading up to Acadia NP after.  Besides the National Park, what recommendations does anyone have for other camping and other sites to see?  We’ve never been to Maine.  

Also, does anyone have any recommendations for camping around the Portsmount/Manchester NH area?  My cousin lives in Mont Vernon and we will be spending some time with her and family.  Thanks!  Mike

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We like Moosehead Lake as a great place. It is away from the tourist areas. Though the pink granite of Acadia, the pounding surf, and fresh lobster are hard to beat. Lily Bay SP is great, but probably all ready booked. We go to Seboomaook Wilderness Campground. 24 miles to the stop sign, turn right at the stop sign and it is only another 12 miles, all on well maintained dirt roads. It is the site of a POW camp for German Africa Corp,during WWII. "Who knew the Army ran on paper and needed pulp?" It is the largest mountain lake in the eastern United States, large Brook and Lake Trout. It is recommended that you stop for the Moose, and wait for them to get off the road. They tend to be quite large. The area doesn't have a large population, and it is a little travel to Greenville, but the have some nice restaurants and ice cream stands.

PEI is a nice once in a life time run, and Nova Scotia has some truly quaint spots. Rumor is the border may open to vaccinated folks come July 1rst.

We do have a free field with plenty of sun, 20 amp plug and cold well water near Brunswick ( 3 miles from the Interstate) if needed ...

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Lamoine State Park is located close enough to Acadia for day trips but nicely outside the fray. Cobscook Bay State Park is way Downeast, and a nice place. If the border is open its close to Campobello Island which is worth a visit. 
I guess the question is are you looking to spend time along the coast, or looking for forests and mountains... we got both.. 

New Hampshire is pretty nice too.. don’t overlook the White Mountains.. . 

We’ve got space a little further north from Mainiac where you could land if need be as well .. 

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Our plan up to now is to drive up the coast to Acadia.  We just found out about the funeral and family gathering yesterday and we had planned on spending July and August in Colorado, so now everything changes!  Maine is one of the few states we’ve never been to.  I checked Lemoine State Park and it’s booked all of July and August.  It’s going to be a challenge to find campsites this late in the game.  

I’m thinking after Acadia we could continue up the coast or go north, there appears to be a lot of USFS areas.  We will definitely spend some time in New Hampshire and Vermont on our way home.  Just haven’t researched enough yet.  Thanks for the input!  Mike

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I'll second the advice on Lamoine.  Unfortunate it is booked.. we scooped some first come/ first serve sites ,  a decade ago. Thats a tough call, with the current situation. 

We, along with my friend Lois, pulled into Bar Harbor one year. A cruise ship or two had just arrived, and dumped thousands of folks into the lovely little town. We got the heck out, since we were all towing. 

Acadia had only a few scattered sites, nothing close together,, as it was leaf peeper season,, so we moved on. 

Lamoine was really pretty, decent sized sites.

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We are right on the coast near Pemaquid lighthouse and Beach.  Your more than welcome.  We can set you up with water and 15 amp electric in a sunny spot.  There is a private inside bathroom in the barn with a shower and an outside shower too with a pool. We are about 1.5 hours north of Portland.  Mcb is about 15 miles from us.  Stop and stay.  We have a sailboat and a power boat.   We camp in the winter down south because we hate missing out on summer here.  We would park you in the driveway in front of the barn.  View of the beach and ocean from the pool and picture of the pool.  Lots to do and the lobsters are right here.  Seriously stop and stay a few days or a week.  There is good kayaking here too.  20200520_113839.thumb.jpg.dd8f2c3063b4d47260c26af632e6b2be.jpg

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If you end up heading north ( or East) of Acadia, and the border has opened, I highly recommend a trip out to Grand Manan Island in New Brunswick. It’s probably 3 hrs further along to where you pick up the ferry, so it’s not that far. The ferries run back and forth all day ( the trip is an hour, maybe hour and a half) and there are two campgrounds out there... I don’t know what you’re looking for, but there are beaches, whales, birds, rock hounding, endless cliff top hikes along the ocean, the 26 foot tides of the Bay of Fundy to marvel at.... lots of good stuff. 

it’s a pretty cool place to visit. We may try to make reservations for a week in July just hoping that the border opens by then. 

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On 6/2/2021 at 3:52 PM, Mike and Carol said:

We will be going to a funeral in Portsmouth, NH the end of July (my Aunt who passed away last December, funeral postponed due to COVID restrictions).  We plan on heading up to Acadia NP after.  Besides the National Park, what recommendations does anyone have for other camping and other sites to see?  We’ve never been to Maine.  

Also, does anyone have any recommendations for camping around the Portsmount/Manchester NH area?  My cousin lives in Mont Vernon and we will be spending some time with her and family.  Thanks!  Mike

We camped in our pop up pre Ollie last August in mid coast Maine and lived every minute of it.  Searsport Shores  campground is a wonderful campground - right on the ocean- their gardens, art / pottery  facilities are fabulous.  Wel worth the higher $ for the experience.  Rented kayaks from them and sea kayaked 3 Mikes down the coast for a lobster lunch at a lobster shack - so good !   This site was a great base for Belfast Maine and we actually daytripows 2x to Acadia but would stay closer next time.  We  also moved further south as stayed out by Pemaquid. The lighthouse out there is one of my all time favorites.   Pemaquid Point  campground - very simple, very clean facilities and great price point. Sites are level , great shade and adequate size. 

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I will be at an event at Thomas Point Beach campground July 9-11, and staying a few extra days. First trip to Maine in 30 years. Looking forward to the trip, for the first time by myself.

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