17 Parks near Searsport, Maine
Aug 2016 - $90.00
Positives: Family friendly. Beautiful location with private "beach". In-house free craft classes. Private garden. Spacious and eco-friendly playground for children. Lobsterbake was AMAZING! Rec Room for adults and children to gather. Friendly and caring staff. Nature walks and hiking trails.
Negatives: Price, but was worth it!
Overall: Cannot wait to go back. We are traveling the country with our children and this has been our favorite campground. The owners truly care that you have a fabulous experience. Many of the campers have been coming for years. Excellent location on the Bay, but close to Belfast for restaurants/grocery shopping. About one hour from Acadia National Park! - RVThatFamily
Oct 2015 - $88.00
This is a lovely oceanfront campground. If you want the best spaces try to get 1-15, as these are merely feet away from the high tide mark.
AT&T & Verizon both worked well from here.
There are few sights with a clear satellite path. The northern latitude puts the angle of the satellites low in the southern sky. I even had problems getting signal on my XM/Sirius radio while driving around. - Thorfinn
Jul 2014 - $80.00
Oceanfront camping was amazing. Site 3, our site was the best available. No one to our one side an we were able to leave blinds open all the time due to our elevation. The shade and ocean views were perfect. Beach is rocky and water a little chilly for our Southern tastes. Kids had a blast searching for shells while we sat in our beachchairs with our toes in the stones. Only desire was a pool. Bring your largest pot for lobster boils. Lots of local seafood close to camp. Ice was 3 dollars for a small bag, my only complaint. - boardnbound
Jul 2016 - $65.00
Sites are pretty tight, roads are narrow and if someone parks a big vehicle across from your site, you might not get it, Roads are dirt, uneven with a few nice pot holes. The road is one way so you have to drive through the whole park if you are parked in the smaller number spaces. The spaces are not long enough for your tow vehicle and the rv so we had to park next door. - Mooney 201 Pilot
Jul 2016 - $65.00
Most of the review of this campground are accurate. Nothing fancy. Gravel roads and campsites. Only a few sites with full hook ups. While not what we would call a resort, it is what I expected. Had we not needed to stay near Belfast to visit my daughter, we never would have stayed here to begin with. If you are looking for a campground near Belfast, this is the best one. The price is simply too expensive for what they offer. - moleary18
Oct 2015 - $65.00
This campground was showing some end of season wear. Interior road was gravel and big rig access was fair. Our gravel level site was adequate, we pulled in to the back in site to get a wonderful view of the ocean and beach, this meant that the utilities 30amp plus water were on the wrong side, but no big deal. If you have a motor home choose the back in water front sites as the pull throughs will not afford you a view of the water through your windshield. The campground was very quiet with no road noise at all, no privacy between sites, there were a few shade trees but it did not interfere with satellite reception. We had space for our towed, a picnic table and fire ring. The bathrooms were clean and the laundry had a couple of washers and dryers. As other reviewers have mentioned it was not overly pet friendly, however there were doggie bags and a disposal station. WiFi and cell were good. Food stores, restaurants are close by in Belfast, and plenty of wonderful sightseeing up and down the coast. It's all about the view and we would stay here again. - tobyjug
Aug 2015 - $20.00
Rate above is monthly rate divided by 30. Excellent value for Maine in the season. We rented a back-in 50A site for a month (August) for $600 plus electric. Site is gravel but does have a small concrete pad with picnic table. Access to the park is by security gate, we were given a remote upon check-in, deposit $20. Small laundry, wifi is available, as is cable, which we didn't use as we have satellite. Owners friendly and accomodating. Nice pool, rec room with some organized activities. There are several nice rental cabins tucked into the woods. No trash pickup, take it to the dumpster. Lots of seasonal campers, some who live close by. Campers range from motorcycle tenters to diesel pushers. - BridgeInRV
Jul 2015 - $43.00
Very neat and clean park. It was quiet and there was very little road noise. Watch out for the turn into the park from Rt.1 as you will turn onto Rt. 166 and not Rt. 175 as the State as renumbered the road. We would stay here again when visiting this part of Maine. - VtLee
Jun 2015 - $40.00
Lovely campground, spacious, wooded, clean, quiet, and well maintained. Very friendly and helpful owners. - pdee2
Jul 2015 - $38.00
My rate reflects an "economy" site - other sites up to $52. Sewer pipe so high that it was Above my outlet height so did not drain. Extremely high water pressure so make sure you have a reducer. Good antenna tv and cell phone from Bangor. WiFi speed so limited as to be almost useless - to knock out the permanent residents using Netflex etc. I'm sure, but 2 min. to load a google map is extreme and a YouTube video would not load at all. Nothing really here to draw campers except the little lake is probably why it was 80% empty end of July. Strict "early arrival - late departure" policy for extra fee and the high cost of sites seem to be a real emphasis on $$ for this campground which, for me, seems to be mostly a parking area with hookups. I would not stay here again. - SailorGolf
Aug 2014 - $33.00
Nice campground with large level grass and gravel sites and good utilities. The pull-through sites do not have shade but this made it easy to acquire a satellite signal, they do not have cable. The Wi-Fi worked OK but was slow at times and our Verizon signal would drop out at times. The dirt road into the campground is a little tight but not a big problem. They have a huge bonfire at the pond on Saturday nights and activities sometimes during the weekend. The young lady at the office was very nice and helpful. Tip: site 75 has a large cement pad, the only one in the campground. We would stay here again. - dandg
Jul 2014 - $44.00
We made last-minute reservations to stay here over 4th of July weekend, and they were very accommodating and helpful in finding us a spot for our tent camper. The only "bad" thing that I can say about Balsam Cove CG is that when the power goes out, as it did when we were there, the toilets won't flush; the toilets backed up and they were slow to respond to the problem. Other than that, they do a good job, and Toddy Pond is a beautiful lake! Definitely a good Maine campground! - gardenbug
Jun 2016 - $50.00
Very large campground with well-spaced sites. Most are separated by trees, so you are secluded from your neighbors. A few sites are closer together - good for those traveling together. There are 2 large loops and only 2 bath/shower houses. Check the map when making a reservation...some sites are pretty far away. The dump station is very easy to get to, which is a plus. There are several hiking trails, including a multi-use trail that was perfect for a wet day. Park staff was very nice and helpful. Campground is very close to town, but still feels secluded. - wanderfilledlife
May 2016 - $50.00
Facilitywise not much is expected of a state park other than perhaps more spacing between sites. Camden Hills SP is typical. Yes, the interior roads could use a grading, but the condition is not worth deducting a point over.
What is worth the deduction is the outrageous price for a SP with basic W&E facilities. What are the operators thinking?
Lot spacing is spacious with covered/forested exposure. Site surface is dirt, featuring a fire ring and picnic table. - Veebyes
Oct 2015 - $27.00
A beautiful state park just outside the city. We parked in the open area across from the office. This area is open without trees. These sites are all back-in, but long enough for our tow to be parked in front. They are gravel, spacious, and level with full hookups, 30/50 amp. The park's Wi-Fi was good; our Verizon MiFi also worked very well. There are other sites located within the trees that will serve all sizes of RVs. There are only about 6 sites in the trees that will work for a big rig, so make reservations early if you want one of these sites. Hosts are very friendly and helpful. Campfire wood is available and there is a recycling center near the dumpsters. There is also a dump site if needed. Note: the roadway to the dump site and upper camping is very rough. The auto-route road to Mt. Battie is the same road you use to enter the park. Stay to the right as you enter to register to camp. Park will close for the season on Oct. 19. - DiplomatTraveler
Aug 2013 - $52.00
Our rate reflects Good Sams discount. First, the good. The site was level. Second, the bad. The bill was wrong, someone was in our site, the cable would not work. We would not stay here again. - Pat and Rex
Aug 2013 - $37.00
We are retired full-time RVers from S. CA traveling the USA in a 24' travel trailer. We reserved our 4-night stay through our RPI membership which provided us a discount. Maine campgrounds are very pricey. We required satellite reception so it was recommended that we pick a site near to the office. The pond is very pretty. The staff is friendly. There is a nice gift store. While in the area, we visited Main Street in Ellsworth. Nice town. - daviescj
Jul 2013 - $41.00
Maine is beautiful this time of year. Campgrounds are really expensive, $600.00 for two weeks. We are at Patton Pond Encore Resort in Ellsworth, Maine. This park is advertised as a resort. A resort it is not. Resorts have things going on, entertainment, etc. This place even had outdoor toilets. More like a fish camp. It is an old KOA park. I should have known when we pulled in that when KOA gets out of a park, it is way outdated and not up to standards for today's parks. The problem was that they already had my money and a NO REFUND policy. The only good is that it is fairly quiet except on weekends when locals come in. It seems they bring in the whole family, and the place gets noisy. The dirt entrance road is about 3/4 mile long and full of potholes and wash boarding. You could damage your RV coming in. It is so dusty I had to wash our car before I opened the door. A posting on the internet said the road was this bad over a year ago. Nothing has been done to improve it. Our motorhome has a basement air conditioning unit. We had it running and it pulled in so much dust, we had to wash it out to make it work. I suggested to the office that Calcium Carbonate on the road would take care of the dusting problem after grading. The season rentals have all kinds of junk stored outside and under the units. The lots are small and really close together. Lots of large rock that makes it difficult to park. The place has ten showers, but five are out of order. The remainder were so dirty that I would not wash our dog in them. They have been out of order for over a three years. I confirmed the time line on the internet. The game room is locked most of the time. It is easy to tell that Thousand Trails/Encore is simply sucking all they can out of this park. - Santa P
Jun 2016 - $30.00
Location, location, location. As with all real estate the most important aspect. This place in an ideal location for exploring one of Maine's more unspoiled peninsulas. I noted that almost everyone there had Maine license plates. Indicative, as usual, that the locals are the first to find the good places. The campground is only two years old and is still a work in progress. Site was level enough with only 30 amp electrical available. There is an adjacent typical unspoiled Maine beach, beautiful, rocky and very cold water. You can't find a more enthusiastic ownership complete with the attitude to do whatever it takes to satisfy. Nearby lobster pond was a great experience. We brought and enjoyed our own wine. We noticed the group next to us did it right. They brought wine, salad, napkins and table cloth. Great stay hope to someday come back. - plove
May 2016 - $35.00
Extremely clean, fairly remote park, TERRIFIC, friendly, fun owners.
Good roads, great beautiful and easy to get to and enjoy, waterfront.
Just can't say enough good about this place, an it's owners.
Plan a long stay because you will love your stay at oceanfront camping at reach knolls.
They were starting to clear brush where the waterfront could be seen by more spaces when we left. It should be even more amazingly beautiful now. - OlePhart
Sep 2015 - $30.00
A brand new heavily treed, shady park, right on the ocean, where we gathered our own clams for a supper one night. Terrific helpful, friendly owners.
More brush will soon be cleared to give better views of the water front.
I can't think of any reason anyone would be sorry they stayed here.
Great park. I just wish it was closer to Texas. - OlePhart
Jul 2015 - $30.00
Lots of full time run down sites. The manager was OK but the office etc was a mess. Tiny pool. One washer and dryer. The restrooms were clean but run down. $30 as weekend but I'm not sure I'd even stay here at the half price Passport America rate. - kiwitravelers
Jul 2015 - $15.00
This is a basic, small, RV park. Sites were large, on grass, with a background of trees. There is a pretty pond with some tenting sites and few free range chickens to add to the ambience. Roads are gravel. Park was kept very clean. Beautiful peaceful setting. There is some distant road noise, but not enough to bother us. We would definitely stay there again if we were in the area. - D and M
Jun 2003 - $13.00
This is a very clean, well maintained park. The downside is, it's not quiet!! They say in their ad that it's quiet, but the freeway circles back near the park and you hear the trucks gear down all night long! It makes it very hard to sleep. - Roidon621
Aug 2016 - $43.00
As others have stated, this is not a resort. Even with the park 75% full, it was very quiet. Very few children. I count 3 at one seasonal site and never saw any others. The pool looks nice, but I never saw anyone in it. Since the prior reviews, they have upgraded the electricity and have a number of 50 amp sites. The water lines look new and the pressure and flow were good. My site was about 52 feet deep and 40 feet wide with some gravel.
There were 4 in our group and when we made reservations last year we requested sites together. That did not happen.
The laundry appears to have new machines and was very clean. The cable tv does have the network stations in HD and a few other stations. No CNN, HLN, CNBC, The Weather Channel, etc. Satellite service is not available on most or maybe all sites due to the trees. Same for AT&T cell phone service. Verizon was ok. Verizon 4G data card service was only 2.5 Mbps. The free wifi was about .5 Mbps and very slow to get connected to.
As for service:
No one on call after the office closes. One person was on the old electric service at his site and he lost power. All he had was an outlet and no pedestal or circuit. He wandered around and found a garage with an open door. Inside he found a bank of circuit breakers.
Forget after hours check in unless you have reservations and an assigned site number and probably a map. One older couple, with a small Motorhome, knocked on my door after dark to see if there was a host somewhere. It was starting to rain and since I knew where several empty pull through sites were, I got them set up on one.
This park is ok for one night or several, as long as you know what you are getting into. But, if you desire to stay near Rockport and Rockland, there does not appear to be much else to pick from. - johnwadams
Aug 2011 - $41.00
Its a stretch to call this an RV Resort. The sites were clean, the campground was well maintained and the teenager in the office when we checked in was cheerful and helpful. Those were the good points. The bad news became obvious the moment we checked in. We reserved a full week for 2 adjacent sites a year in advance and paid in full. Prior to our arrival, one of our sites was reassigned as a seasonal site and we were assigned another non-adjacent site without notification. The move was to a campsite that was not appropriate for the motor home in our party. The teenager in the office was not authorized to make site reassignments but gave us a corporate number to phone which we did. We ended up with a more appropriate site but still not adjacent. Next problem was no camp store to speak of. There was a cooler with some ice cream novelties but that was about it. Not exactly what I expect at an 'RV Resort'. I would stay here again for one night, or maybe a weekend, but I would not book a whole week here again. - JayRidge
Aug 2011 - $45.00
I have been RVing for many years, this place is a complete disaster. Their electrical drops as low as 93 volts causing the TV to even go off. You cannot use your A/C, hot water is electrically circulated or TV. I book for 2 nights, could only stay one due to the service, but NO refund, just excuses. Also the septic system leaches sewer liquid onto the ground surface, what an odor. An 18 year old high school girl running the front desk was apologetic but that is all. What a disappointment this place was. Calling it an RV resort is truly a joke. Beware! - User2136
Jul 2016 - $58.00
This campground is loacted right on Route 1 and they have an average size sign at the entrance, but it is unlit at night and difficult to see on this fast moving highway.
The campsites are small and uneven and the dump station is right in front of the main office and you could easily end up in a long line to dump and exit. If you are waiting to dump you most definitely will be blocking the only road through the campground.
The picnic tables are all old and in poor shape. They also charge $12.00 per person for guests. Avoid this place. - Mike DiRenzo
Sep 2015 - $33.00
Located right on busy US Rt. 1. Decent sites in mostly heavy woods. Right after Labor Day not corwded so feels pretty spacious. Not a lot of50A sites. Some right on the highway, others pretty tight well back in the wood. Best sites are 30A. Could be longer to allow better parking for toads and p/u. Roads are better than many we have been on. Tight but passable for sure. Yes, we would stay here again. Wish they had wi-fi out in the campground. TV good. - johns3
Jul 2015 - $35.00
We stayed here one night to get off the road on our way home. The campground is heavily wooded, with narrow roads to the campsites. The bath houses are up by the office. If you have a site far away from there, it will be a loooong walk to the bathroom. The campground is on a cliff overlooking the ocean. They have recently fixed that area with up with a bbq, picnic tables and a nice set of chairs overlooking the water. However, when you leave that area you have no sense that you are by the water. Our campsite was level and the utilities were easy to use. - ShoreXplorers