Bean in Freeport, Maine. We are still exploring further north. Check the L.L. Take the first right after the marker at our sign and drive 1 1/2 miles. Just beyond Millinocket, the grand Katahdin Range looms on the horizon, and the summits of Doubletop, The Owl, the Brothers, and Mt. The North Woods above Moosehead is controlled by a north woods association that changes its name every now and then. Then I found a dispersed campsite on Little Larry Road. to the loons and watching the sunset over the pond. I recommend that you purchase a Delorme Maine Gazetteer. A grizzled old man, who turned out to be a former lumberjack and native of Maine, told me when we arrived in the Maine Highlands, “The Golden Road represents so much to Maine. Frost Pond Camps, P.O. So, I gave up trying to sleep and went outside and took a bunch of pictures myself. I haven’t been to the North Woods for a few years. Many of our guests find it a pleasant drive for a day of hiking Camp sites are wooded or on the river. There were several spots along the road. Abol Bridge Campground & Store [589 - 599] Golden Rd Millinocket ME 04462. Campsites are $13 per person each night. still hunt bear during the fall bear season. Camden Hills State Park is just over the $20 mark ($25 resident/35 out of state) but is in a great location for day hiking the mountain (hill) range and very near the ocean. Can anyone confirm the "Golden Road" is off limits. The North Woods paper companies have campsites on some of their properties with a nominal $5 to $10 fee if (and only if) one of the employees is checking the sites. Russell Thompson 2014 Ford F-350 Super Duty 2011 Palomino HS-2902. Quietly isolated a short distance from our rental cabins are our ten waterfront campsites, each along the shore of the pond. Also good place to get onto the golden road. Each cabin is spaciously scattered among the trees and lawn on the waterfront for all to enjoy the privacy and remoteness of our It’s free, and if it’s not a holiday weekend, it’s hardly used. To find it, take Highway 2 to Gilead. It's a wide, gravel road. Oct 2015 - Fall truck camping in Northern Maine. Unless the road is gated, there is no fee. Stay on the road to the left. Small Boat Launch and Beach. The Mod Squad votes have been cast and tallied. For more civilized camping, Seboomook Lake Campground is situated in the middle of nowhere at the tip of Moosehead Lake. to rent near Baxter State Park, we are located just West of the L.L. Apparently there is a whole different group of people that liked the lighthouse atmosphere. vacationing, or just a cabin to relax at, Truck Camper Magazine readers share their best recommendations for free and frugal RV camping in Maine. For yours truly, a cramped and expensive campground is the exact opposite of what I enjoy about truck camping. Located at: 3969 Golden Road, Mile 19. You know, that road that ends in Key West, Florida. So, I had dinner, and joined a couple of dozen other people watching the sunset, (sort of), and enjoyed some live music outside the souvenir stand. fishing the West Branch of the Penobscot River, Camping. Dry lot with good building sites. Carry your lawn chairs across the road to enjoy a free concert. Just at the base of Mt Katahdin's "Abol Slide." MECOA represents over 185 of Maine's licensed campgrounds. During the evening, I did observe a local patrol car pass through a couple of times, so I know it was patrolled – at least during the prime tourist times. Their phone number is (207) 280-0555. Finally, after a couple of years of benefiting from the experiences of others, I am now able to offer something of my own; free parking on the coast of Maine and how I stumbled upon it. The Golden Road. Close to Mattawamkeag and Pleasant Lakes, historic hunting and fishing lands and 18 hole golf course. Camping was free and we bought a couple of samplers which led to a glass or two which led to a good night sleep! L.L. We both have street legal dual sports. Cobscook Bay is a gorgeous ocean side campground with good basic amenities (showers and toilets). step back in time when everyday living followed a calmer, quieter Our traditional north woods waterfront cabins are tastefully appointed in vintage decor. Dam and the Gorge, Hiking in Baxter State There are boondocking places along the Golden Road, and others. info @ frostpondcamps.com The method I used was by scanning the Maine coast in the general direction of where I wanted to go on Google Earth. The thing about it is, it’s dangerous. Box 622 Millinocket Me 04462 It is still possible to see more moose than cars on an early-morning drive on the Golden Road. The camps are located on Russell Stream in T4R15 township. or simply relaxing, listening The Golden Road IS dirt, but I have always driven it in a VW van and never had a bit of trouble, unless you count the logging trucks which barrell by (and have the right of way) and the moose who wander all over the road. The home resort just up the street offers entertainment and an in-house micro brewery. At mile 62 on the Golden Road, turn onto road 490 until you reach mile marker 69. Reversing Falls Park in Pembroke is a free boondocking location. No sewer hookup at our site or 50 amp. I did the usual transient camper wander-around-the-property looking for no overnight parking signs and found none. There is no sign that shows you have reached Golden Road, just a whole bunch of hunting camp and lodge signs. The humor was not lost on me – no sir! The river is roiling in front of the campground office, and across the water, near the far bank, two women are stand-up paddle boarding in the circling current of the eddy. Bean in Freeport has a parking overnight area for RVs (you don’t have to ask to stay). Travel to Blueberry Ledges – you can snowshoe in the winter and hike during summer – pick the trail up from behind the Abol Store – off the Golden Road… The Delorme map will show the roads and mark the established camping sites with a little red teepee. It’s a little more for out-of-state, but I don’t know how much. Time to brew the coffee. Brett Burguard 2017 Ford F-350 2012 Northstar Igloo. The roads we were on only said "no ATVs". Hunt  Address 95 Crewen Road; MLS Status Active; Acreage 15; 15± acre waterfront lot for sale at 95 Crewen Road, Island Falls ME. Whether you just need to know where to camp nearby or you want to plan a free camping road trip, we've got you covered.You can simply use your smart phone's GPS to find camping near you or even use our trip planner to plan your route from coast to coast.. Our community provides the best free camping information available. Bottom line is that I found a free, picturesque, safe parking area near a snack bar, on the coast. We will combine these suggested bargains with a smattering of higher-priced campsites and moochdocking with friends. Whenever the Northeast comes up in conversation, money soon follows. I t is operated by the city. Order Online Tickets Tickets See Availability Directions {{::location.tagLine.value.text}} Sponsored Topics. I was wrong. Good jumping off stay for Baxter State Park, entrance only a few miles down the road. If you’d prefer, the Hastings Campground is $18 a night for non-electric. natural water of the pond, Fly fishing the West  Why email is the preferred method of contacting us. O-J-I are all visible on a clear day. Here is his reply: In my day, which is clearly way before yours, when a couple would park by a river or lake late at night to, ostensibly, “watch the stars” or get some privacy, it was often referred to as “watching the submarine races.”  It seldom involved submarines, and even less often, races. We have always wanted to explore Maine, but were concerned about the two C-words; cost and crowds. Bring your own linens and pillow please. Boondock spots are rare in Maine. Click here to get more destination ideas from around the World, Canada, Alaska, and around the lower 48. The 14-day quarantine period applies. (becomes dirt, caution skinny, windy dirt road, please do not drive like a lunatic.Chances are you will come around the corner into someone). There are boondocking places along the Golden Road, and others. Technology is wonderful, but far from perfect! You will find these in old logging cut-over areas. Welcome to Katahdin Shadows Campground Come visit a truly unique family-owned and operated campground located in the shadows of Katahdin and at the gateway to the Great North Maine Woods. How to drive the Golden Road in Maine. Rangely State Park is another Maine State Park that’s $20 a night for residents and $30 a night for out of state. This township, officially known as T2 R10 WELS, is the crossroad of two major “highways” in Maine: The Golden Road and the Appalachian Trail. But the 30 amp ran everything we needed including the AC. Sale Price: $400,000; Print. If you are looking for a MECOA is the premier resource for supporting campground owners and promoting camping in Maine. Carl Ragland 2002 Chevrolet 2500 2004 Alaskan 10′ cabover. The site was on a pristine river (the Pleasant River), and accommodated three tents and one truck camper. Latest: Ford’s Built-In Generator and 2021 Calendars. cabin It has hundreds of off the beaten path forest campsites. It’s $30 a night if you’re on the lake with electric and water. Approximately 8 miles out, you are traveling on the Golden Road, you will see North Woods Trading Post on the right and Katahdin Air on the left. Home » Expeditions » Travel The USA » Free and Frugal Camping In Maine. Anne Brown 2013 Ford F-450 2018 Host Mammoth. NEOC is offering day and overnight trips this summer – canoeing, camping gear and food is supplied: bring yourself and a positive attitude! at Frost Pond? Take photos of Baxter's Mt. Founded in 2007, TCM is the RV community's number one source for news, reviews, guides, newbie advice, destination ideas, maintenance recommendations, modifications, and more. But that, and the true wildness of it, are what makes it … Visit the Ghost Trains on Eagle Lake. Bean web site to plan your stop on a night when they have music. Many have on-site Registered Maine Guides, state-sanctioned experts on all things outdoors. Come Enjoy... Then head south on Rout 113 past the Hastings Campground to Little Larry Road. Find a Free Campsite. At the end it there is a small island approximately 50 to 100-yards off shore upon which is a classic Maine Lighthouse. Seboomic Wilderness Campground in Seboomook Lake, Maine is $20 a night for their budget site, which has no services and isn’t directly on the lake. From here it's about 9 miles on the Golden Road to one-lane Abol Bridge, which has parking areas on both sides. CHECKPOINT: Pavement! Riverside Park is way up north in Fort Kent. Branch of the Penobscot River, Exploring around Ripogenus Frost Pond Camps is a remote, yet very accessible Maine Sporting There are good restaurants in the adjacent shopping plaza from ribs to pizza to a local candy maker. We’ve dry camped at a few businesses across Maine. Above: How cool are the bar stools? Winslow Park was $30 a night. Woods and waters in all directions provide a variety of activities for a relaxing and refreshing vacation in Maine's north woods. I was finishing up a trip to Mount Washington and crossed over into Maine on US Highway 2. MECOA: Maine Campground Owners Association. It’s like this road without rules. Wooded lot with direct access to ATV and snowsled trails and frontage on Beaver Brook. Restaurant and full store onsite. They are made from old fence rails. Those are all free. I drive the Golden Road from Greenville to Millinocket every summer at least once. Bean has free overnight parking but get there early to claim a spot with shade. Rangely State Park has lakeside sites with good basic amenities (again, showers and toilets). The cabins on Fourth Debsconeag Lake date back to the early 1900s and have all of the charm and beauty one would expect. When you come to the end of the road and stop sign you will take a right onto Golden Road. Fly fishing the West Branch of the Penobscot River. This is way Down East near Eastport. To check availability or make a Reservation click the "Book Now" link below! Take Interstate 95 North to exit 244 in Medway, proceed via Route 157 to Millinocket, follow the signs to Baxter State Park. I’ve lived here my whole life and the North Maine Woods is the only way to do free camping. Today we offer a range of camping options. The Golden Road is open to the public and is free. Sleep up to 6 people, 3 twin bunks. No one bothered me about staying there. ALL NEW for SUMMER 2016. The Golden Road is a 96-mile (154 km) private road built by the Great Northern Paper Company that stretches from the St. Zacharie Border Crossing to its former mill at Millinocket, Maine.. Deer walk the campground freely and are people friendly, so bring a camera. Since I chose to park within feet of the rocks, the sounds of their voices, while not particularly loud, were something I dealt with until approximately 2:00am, when they seemed to drift away. The good news is that there are some in Maine, and they are listed below. Ron Ross 2017 Dodge Ram 2018 Northstar 850SC. L.L. I found the free campsites on freecampsites.net. Cell service is sometimes sketchy, but you are never too far from a town in an emergency, or if you just need supplies. Early Photos of Camp. Big Eddy has been the site of a logging camp and then a campground since the early 1900s, when loggers and river drivers stayed there. If you do not hear back from us please try again, we I didn’t get to explore any further than the town of Bethel since my vacation was rapidly heading to an end. We also accommodate tents, pop-ups and RV’s. Large clean shower house. I'm 99% sure the "Golden Road" is off limits to motorcycles. Hike into the nearby Ice Caves at First Debsconeag Lake, Canoeing/kayaking quiet water frequented by moose, Swimming in the clear This is easily done through the local town Fire Warden office. A few properties have float-plane flights, both for scenic tours and for trips to special fishing spots. Miles of roads are mapped out on a Delorme Map that usually put you near a nice fishing stream or pond with nothing but solitude and more stars than you can count. Paul Fraser 2017 GMC Sierra 1500 2017 Northstar Liberty. Park & Mount Katahdin, Maine's highest peak, White water adventures Our 75-acre campground offers a selection of 53 campsites. Thanks. Remote or backcountry campsites begin opening for camping on May 18. Federal 30-year interest rate: 2.71 % last updated on Dec 10, 2020 * All Figures are estimates. More Free Camping In Maine : Flagstaff Lake- drive north on Route 27 from Kingfield to Carrabassett Valley, turn right onto Carriage Rd. I didn’t take photos, but there are some on their website. Nearby unknown lakes have numerous sites as well. Camps and lodges are spread throughout the Maine woods. Isn't it time you experienced a sunset Exploring dirt roads, Baxter State Park, & Mount Katahdin. In Scarboro, there is a Cabela’s with a dump station. Whether we’re talking about the cost of housing, taxes, fuel or any other standard of living, nobody claims the Northeast is frugal place to live. See how I snuck another attraction in there. The North Maine Woods will charge a fee to enter at the gate house. Around 4:30am, the people whose hobby is to take pictures of lighthouses as the sun comes up started arriving. That’s a noisy but fun place to shop and wander through. Patsy Leavitt 2013 Toyota Tacoma 2018 Four Wheel Camper Fleet Shell. We accommodate up to 25 guests for fly fishing, family outdoor adventure, nature and eco-tourism as well as unique hunting experiences. We assumed since we were plated we were legal. The camping area is in an open field tucked behind the fire department. If you are looking for the ultimate boondocking experience, head north and hit the logging roads north of Greenville and Rockwood. For a fishing, hunting, 3000 sq ft Mount Katahdin Pavilion. We're planning a camping trip to the area this Spring to ride and maybe do a little fishing. Camp surrounded by numerous waterways and rugged forests. There are clean pit toilets 15-miles in from the nearest tar road. On the way to the park we spent one night at Boothbay Craft Brewery, a Harvest Host stop located in Boothbay, Maine. We sampled IPA beer in the Watershed Tavern which was a very cool place! Check out more on the Yesteryear page. Menu & Reservations Make Reservations . Ray Steinmeyer 2007 GMC Sierra 3500 2007 Host Yellowstone. When I decided to turn in, I observed that there were quite a number of couples and small groups, “watching the submarine races”. Does Ford’s Built-In Truck Generator Make Sense. Hike into the nearby Ice Caves at First Debsconeag Lake. We camped at one of the remote campsites managed by the North Maine Woods Association, the Pleasant River Campsites. Most Walmarts will let you stay overnight. Duck Lake Unit Campground has 20 sites. The only thing you have to do is obtain a permit for your campfire. Chewonki's Big Eddy Campground Mile 28.5 on the Golden Road T3 R11 Millinocket, Maine Phone: 207-882-7323 ext.180 (please leave a detailed msg) https://bigeddy.chewonki.org Directions Contact Chewonki's Big Eddy Campground Lots of people stay in back of the Kittery Trading Post just as you enter the state (ask to stay). Bathrooms & Shower House. The fee was $10 per night plus $7 per person. Lori and Win Mitchell were the hosts and couldn’t have been nicer. It was established in the 1970’s as a transportation conduit for raw wood to feed the hungry Great Northern Paper Company mills in Millinocket and East Millinocket.. 5 miles in you come to a junction, left or right turn only. Get it? I think it was $20 when I was there in 2017. Our readers rock. Great wifi at our site, but Att cell service was almost nonexistent, not the campgrounds fault. To reach Penobscot Farm and Lobster Stream, secure a North Maine Woods (NMW) pass to negotiate a NMW electronic checkpoint at the border of the Seboomook Public Lands (available at the 20-Mile checkpoint located across the South Branch.). which you must cross at Ripogenus Dam to reach Camp. Chewonki Big Eddy Campground is our next stop, with entrances literally a few yards from the Golden Road. Second Shower House & Bathrooms. Summer 2015 we added 10 bunkhouse cabins that sleep 4 each. Our nearest neighbor was over a quarter-mile away! It’s not very pretty, but it’s free. Why email is the preferred method of contacting us. Calculate Use Federal Interest Rate. Fish for Trout in Frost Pond or Salmon in the West Branch. or fishing in the park. Daily Hot Breakfast INCLUDED w/stay. If you are into whitewater rafting, my favorite is Northern Outdoors in The Forks, Maine. Take first left at the gate and then 1/2 mile. In Freeport, the community has a parking lot dedicated to RVs near the train station and the L.L. The North Maine Woods map, DeLorme's Maine Atlas and Gazetteer, and maps at the checkpoints show campsite locations. Jodie and Chuck Ramsey 2012 Chevy Silverado 3500 2014 Adventurer 116DS. respond to all inquires. So you may get a free stay on a decent site with fire ring in some of the most pristine territory. The Maine Camping Guide website and printed version of the Maine Camping Guide are products of the Maine Campground Owners Association (MECOA). There are some controlled campsites in this area. Approximately twelve-miles north of Kittery following Maine Rt.103 to US-1A, in the town of York Beach, I found the Cape Neddick Nubble Lighthouse. All Rights Reserved. The Golden Road, privately owned and mostly unpaved, extends from Millinocket west over 100 miles to the Quebec border at township T5 R20 WELS, a four hour trip. Due to the expanse of the area and staff limitations, campsites are available on a first come/first served basis. On the peninsula there is a small museum and a snack bar with parking along the perimeter of the peninsula. No thanks. Bean outlet. Maine, 3 miles off the Golden Road. From east of Millinocket, the road crosses the Abol Bridge and follows the West Branch of the Penobscot west. CHECKPOINT: Driving past Chesuncook Lake, you will see a driftwood beach. Here’s how you explore the Pine Tree State on the cheap. In Bethel, I went to the Maine Mineral and Gem Museum. 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