If you seek inspiration from the natural world, then camping in Maine should be at the top of your list. Camping in Maine, in its quiet yet rugged wilderness state parks, is very different than anything experienced in the U.S. Hikers will discover more secluded beach, backcountry, and primitive tent camping here than in many of New England.
For those interested in experiencing the outdoors as well as hiking, Maine has some of the best hiking regions in the Northeastern United States. The Penobscot and Hoster Trail System, which follows the banks of the Penobscot River and connects the two Maine towns of Oak Bluffs and Barnstable, provides easy access to some of the most beautiful scenery in the state. In addition to the popular Penobscot Trail, hikers can take advantage of the Appalachian Trail. The trail follows the ridge of an escarpment that rises steeply from the north end of the Penobscot River valley. The trail offers excellent views of the ocean from within the forested cliffs and dramatic cliffs of the mountains. Another popular hiking destination in Maine is the 33-mile long Appalachian Trail, which crosses the Pine Haven National Recreation Area a few miles outside of Bath.
In addition to the longer hiking trails in Maine, campers looking for a unique experience can opt for more spur of the moment outdoor camping in Maine. There are numerous campsites in Maine's National Park system, where campers can spend the night and enjoy the quiet of nature. Most of the park campgrounds offer easy access to bathrooms, drinking water, and showers. There are a couple of state parks that feature cabins, all with their own private bathrooms. The most scenic campground in Maine is the Rockaway Camping Park in Bangor, where campers have access to a lake, hiking trails, swimming holes, playgrounds, and a playground structure that offer baseball, volleyball, and horseshoes.