2021 Keystone Hideout
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The northernmost county in Maine is also the northernmost county in the continental U.S. Known for its scenic backdrops and peaceful isolation, Aroostook County is a great place for taking an RV camping trip. Just a short drive, midway between Caribou and Bridgewater, nestled in the city of Presque Isle, is Maine’s first park: Aroostook State Park.
In 1938, the citizens of Presque Isle, Maine donated 100 acres of land to the state to be used as a state park. Over the years, more and more land has been donated, and today, the park is over 800 acres large. Its main draws include the nearly 1,100-acre Echo Lake, the 600 acres of wooded trails, and the Quaggy Jo Mountain.
If you’re a hiker, this park is the place to be. If you’re a swimmer, Echo Lake is your spot. If you’re a wildlife enthusiast, the Quaggy Jo Mountains are vibrant with life. Begin by booking an RV in Aroostook County. End with a lifetime of memories.
On Echo Lake, anglers will be happy to know that the waters are teeming with fish. Fishing at Aroostook State Park can be a peaceful and rewarding day-long affair. Drop a line and see what you can pull. Known species of fish include brook trout, shiners, salmon, bass, and perch, to name a few.
Boating on the lake is permitted for anyone with either a human-powered or motorized boat. There's a boat launch within the confines of the park, and once you’re out on the open water, feel free to take in the views. Rest easy in the quiet of the lake or carve up some waves. If you don’t have a boat, there are boat rentals available on-site, along with life preservers and paddles.
Grab your hiking boots from the campervan rental and hit the trails. There are three miles of hiking trails, 15 miles of cross-country ski trails, and more than six miles of snowshoeing trails covering a total of over 600 acres of wooded trails. Admire Echo Lake or trek to the peak of Quaggy Jo Mountain. Aroostook State Park hikers will definitely get their exercise here, surrounded by miles and miles of gorgeous landscapes.
Aroostook State Park campers are used to “roughing it.” There are 30 campsites to choose from; however, there are no hookups, no W-iFi, and no laundry facilities, but the primitive lifestyle is what gives this place its natural wonder. Enjoy nature the way it was intended.
There are a few amenities for guests camping in an RV at Aroostook State Park that might make things easier. The park offers hot showers and toilets for its visitors. A few of the major cell phone providers offer service for the area. The kids can let loose at the park's playground. If you’re looking to have a picnic, head to the big picnic pavilion available to guests. Echo Lake is accessible from anywhere in the park, and if you’re looking to sit by the campfire, you can purchase firewood on-site.
Maine’s northernmost county is vast and expansive. Logging has always been an important profession to Mainers of Aroostook County. A testament to this is the Patten Lumbermen’s Museum. In Patten, Maine, just over an hour from the park, Patten Lumbermen’s Museum commemorates loggers as far back as the 1600s. Learn all about the process of logging, its rich history and importance in New England culture, and enjoy some of the museum's fun events.
Just south of the park is the Southern Aroostook Agricultural Museum. It opened in the late 1980s when a family of farmers retired from the business and decided to display their equipment to the public. Their collection grew through donations to become the full museum of agriculture that it is today. Take the whole family out to see exhibits on all aspects of the farming culture in Aroostook County, including the equipment, the process, and the influence.
Or maybe you just want to go for a breathtaking scenic drive through the northernmost New England county. The drive down US-Route 1 takes you through the mountains, along the Canadian border, and down the Atlantic coastline. The natural vistas and small towns along the way are a famous way to remember your trip to Aroostook State Park. US-Route 1, if followed to its natural end, would lead you from Canada to Key West, Florida.
When it comes time to finish your RV camping trip, you'll find plenty of gas stations within a 30-minute drive. Fill up the tank of your motorhome rental, grab a bit of diner food or pizza at any of the local joints, and hit the road. Take the scenic trek down Route 1 or jump on I-95 for a more direct exit.