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If a family and pet-friendly RV campground is what you're after, consider camping at Bucksport-Fort Knox KOA. This quiet, scenic campground is open from late April until mid-October and could be an excellent choice for short or longer stays. Your kids will enjoy the jumping pad and opportunity to go swimming, while you will enjoy relaxing evenings gazing up into a star-filled sky. If you are with a larger group, there is a community fire pit and barbecue grill, but you can also enjoy the fire pit on your individual site if you prefer. Cable hookups are available if you need to catch up on the news as well as Wi-Fi if you need to touch base with family and friends back home. A general store is available for stocking up on supplies, and there are laundry facilities and shower rooms too.
Your stay here will be an enjoyable one with full hookups that include 20, 30, and 50 amp electricity, and picnic tables. You can choose between pull-through and back-in sites, all of which are big rig friendly and have extra room for pullouts. There is plenty of tree cover to provide shade, and there are patios too; on the off-chance that the weather doesn't cooperate, the campground has a rec hall to keep you warm, dry, and entertained.
Once you're settled in and ready to begin exploring, RV camping at Bucksport-Fort Knox KOA puts you near some other destinations that might intrigue you. Maine is an amazing state with some of the best scenery in the country, and this is your chance to experience driving an RV by yourself. Head out on the open highway, and you can combine the scenery with wildlife viewing as you head for any of the nearby golf courses (there are several) or some of the more historical attractions. The town of Bucksport is an important archeological site dating back more than 5,000 years and was occupied by British forces during the American Revolution and the War of 1812.
A good place to begin your Bucksport-Fort Knox KOA camping experience is at Great Pond Mountain, with views of Craig Pond and Alamoosook Lake. This lightly used trail will give you an opportunity to view local wildlife and some lovely wildflowers. It isn't a difficult hike and is suitable for all skill levels. If you're a bird lover, then this area is definitely for you, and either way, you can enjoy a picnic here.
Slightly west of Great Pond Mountain, you will come across the Fort Knox and Penobscot Narrows Observatory, located on the Fort Knox Historic Site. The observatory is at the top of an elevator ride that takes you several hundred feet into the air where you will have a 360-degree view of Penobscot Bay. This observatory, one of the tallest bridge observatories in the world, is open to the public from early May until late October. While here, you can enjoy one of their guided interpretive tours.
Keep heading farther west in your RV rental, and you will find Swan Lake State Park. You can swim here under the supervision of a trained lifeguard, use the park's picnic sites that are equipped with grills, and enjoy a leisurely walk or hike on any of the park's hiking trails. The park has restrooms and changing facilities to make your excursion more comfortable. If you are part of a larger group, a private shelter with additional amenities can be rented.
Had enough of the outdoors? Head to nearby Bucksport to take in some contemporary and classic movies at the Alamo Theatre. You can take some time here to window shop or have a look at St. Vincent de Paul church, nestled in a natural area within the town's boundaries. If you're starting to feel peckish, you can try an authentic drive-in restaurant that is open from late morning until early evening for lunch and dinner. The venue has an extensive menu, but you should go straight for the surf and turf basket with french fries (or upgrade the fries to onion rings).
Maine has a popular axiom, “You can't get there from here,” a reference to how some destinations are on islands off the coast or otherwise cut off by water; Ellsworth is not one of these places and is a perfect starting point for a rental RV tour of the coastline. If you happen to be here after dark, Knowlton Park has a big-screen movie night on select days. You can park your lawn chairs or spread out on a blanket to enjoy the show; just don't forget the popcorn. The city also has a telephone museum and waterfront concerts.
Heading in the other direction, be sure to stop and spend some time in Belfast, which has a community arts center with open studios and an indoor entertainment center with bowling alleys and other activities geared towards families. Book an RV in Hancock County, and all of this and much more can be yours for the taking.