Camden Hills State Park
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Introduction

Take a trip North on US Route 1 to Camden Hills State Park in Camden, Maine. Camden Hills State Park has scenic views from atop Mt. Battie where you can see surrounding islands, Penobscot Bay and on a clear day Cadillac Mountain.

Park your RV and hike along one of 20 different trails in the State Park. With over 5,700 acres of wooded hills, there's plenty to explore. Stay for the day or weeks on end to be sure to take in all that Camden Hills State Park has to offer. If you don't want to hike, there is Mt. Battie Auto Road to tour the scenic views. This is the perfect option to view the fall foliage at its fullest.

Camden, ME is within walking distance of the harbor where you can venture off on a whale or puffin cruise. There is plenty of shopping, local museums including a children's museum in nearby Rockland.

Pack up your family or bring a group, this year-round park is the ideal option for your next RV getaway. Camden Hills State Park offers a vast array of outdoor activities from bird watching, to cross-country skiing, to off-road biking, you'll be sure to find your favorite retreat. The park is open year-round, with RV camping available from February through the first week of September.

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Transportation in Camden Hills State Park

Driving

While driving in the park with your RV, some areas may have limited RV access outside of the campground. Additional transportation is recommended to get around to the various trails. Feel free to park your RV at your campsite for extended stays and use an alternate mode of transportation around the park. Road closures may occur with inclement weather from November through May. It is recommended to check the conditions daily for possible closures. Park entrance is two miles from Camden, ME off of US Route 1. Keep in mind that this park is at a higher elevation and some roads may be more narrow than others.

Parking

Parking is available in seven areas in the park and at the main entrance. Access may be limited with your RV so you'll want to plan to have an alternate vehicle if possible.

Public Transport

Campgrounds and parking in Camden Hills State Park

Campsites in Camden Hills State Park

Reservations camping

Skowhegan / Kennebec Valley KOA

In Maine’s beautiful Kennebec Valley and easily accessible from the Maine Turnpike, Skowhegan/Kennebec Valley KOA offers the region’s gorgeous mountains, lakes and endless beautiful drives. Local attractions include touring the National Scenic Byway to Canada, swimming, boating, antiquing, golfing, hiking and fine dining. Only five minutes from Lake George Regional Park and beaches, and an hour to Moxie Falls, the campground is perfectly situated to enjoy everything this area has to offer. At the campground, get a snack at the cafe, take a dip in the swimming pool or hot tub or play a game in the arcade. Kids are sure to enjoy the hay and fire truck rides, and the whole family can take a stroll on one of the many nature trails. Bring your pooch to play in the Kamp K-9 off-leash park! Wi-Fi and cable TV are free throughout the campground.

Camden Hills State Park Campground

Camden Hills State Park has over 100 campsites, with RV sites offering electric and water hook-ups. There are two main bathhouses in the campground area for hot showers if needed. There are no minimum stay requirements, but reservations are necessary.

Camping season is February through the first week of September. Check on park conditions before your trip to ensure that there are no road closures due to inclement weather conditions. Some off-season camping may be available with advance reservations.

First-come first-served

Camden Hills State Park Campground

Camden Hills State Park campground has 21 dedicated campsites that do not require an advanced reservation.

Camden Hills State Park has over 100 campsites, with RV sites offering electric and water hook-ups. There are two main bathhouses in the campground area for hot showers if needed. There are no minimum stay requirements, but reservations are necessary.

There are multiple campsites that allow larger than 35' rigs and there is no specific size limit for these indicated sites. Due to the limited number of these larger sites, if your rig is over 35' in length, you will want to book in advance.

Though Camden Hills State Park is a year-round park, camping season begins in February and goes through the first week of September. Check on park conditions before your trip to ensure that there are no road closures due to inclement conditions. Some off-season camping may be available with advance reservations.

Alternate camping

Seasonal activities in Camden Hills State Park

In-Season

Fishing

For the fishermen (and women) in the family, check out Penobscot Bay within minutes from Camden Hills State Park. You'll find Smallmouth Bass, Pike, Lake Trout, and Salmon. You can purchase or download a fishing guide for more information on equipment, licensing and the best fishing holes in the area.

With over 50 lakes and ponds, the options are virtually endless during your visit. Camden provides a unique fishing environment as you can choose from freshwater or saltwater depending on what you're wanting to catch. If you do not have a boat, you can also hire a charter to take you on a guided tour.

Horseback Riding

Your equine friend is welcome to join in on the adventure with designated horse trails. The multi-use trails are varying in difficulty and are around 5 miles in length.

You can experience the wooded terrain like explorers of the past may have. The multi-use trail is located at the northern region of the park with several trails leading into it. The trails are well groomed and labeled and are easy to maneuver. The multi-use trail is the longest trail within the park.

Hiking

Make sure to pack your boots and explore the 20 trails within Camden Hills State Park. If you're new to hiking or an expert, with over 30 miles of scenic trails you'll find the best trail for you. There are five trailheads along the way with varying difficulty levels.

If it has rained recently, some of the trails may be muddy and potentially dangerous. It is recommended to check trail conditions before venturing out. July tends to be the driest month to visit.

Off-Season

Camden Museums

Should you visit in the winter, be sure to check out Camden area museums. Though open year-round, this is a great option for those bitter cold days with nothing else to do. The Coastal Children's Museum is approximately ten miles from Camden, ideally for those family members between the ages of two and nine

If you're interested in antiques, stop by the Fawcett's Antique Toy and Art Museum, which is approximately 15 miles from Camden Hills State Park. There is a botanical garden and a railway village within 40 miles of the park. There's surely enough to keep everyone entertained.

All Things Snow

If you're into snowmobiling, snowshoeing or cross-country skiing, there are trails designed specifically for your winter season enjoyment. With over 200 inches of snowfall in Maine each year, you'll be in a winter wonderland.

Camden Hills State Park offers breathtaking views throughout the park that you won't want to miss. Maine is known for an all-season nature enthusiast getaway. You'll want to check trail conditions ahead of time as some trails may be closed due to inclement conditions.

Bird-Watching

Camden Hills State Park is home to many rare and unique birds that you may not find in other areas. You can download a bird guide to track your findings. Depending on the time of year you visit will determine the types of birds you might see.

During your visit, you may see snowy owls, bald eagles, a variety of duck species, green warblers, peregrine falcons, ospreys and many more. Keep a log if you visit more than one day as you may see a different variety the longer you stay.

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