17 Parks near Searsport, Maine
Oct 2016 - $45.00
We stayed in early October and got the off season rate 1 row back of the beach. Very quiet and pleasant. Spent a few nice moments sitting talking with the owner as she worked on her loom. Camp wifi OK good ATT reception and 6 channels of OTA tv. We first camped here 12 years ago and wanted to return for the great atmosphere. If you stay and like lobster try Young's Lobster Pound in Belfast, excellent. - Brian n Barbara
Sep 2016 - $80.00
We stayed in a "premium" site right on the water. The campground offers a few different types of sites, the ones right on the water are "premium" and the most expensive, with rates decreasing the further away from the water you go. There are also quite a few tent sites and they have a nice shelter for tent campers to use in inclement weather. Although the campground is located on Route 1, the sites are set back quite a bit from the road ad thus it was pretty quiet. Downtown Belfast is just a few miles south. The sites nearest the water are fairly close together but as we were there off season, there were not too many other campers. The sites away from the water off more woods / shade. The owners are quite nice and there is a small, but nice store on site.
This is a beautiful spot but after spending 2 weeks in Canada and having just as nice if not better views for a lot less money, we found the $80 rate a lot to swallow. - Cape Cod kayaker
Aug 2016 - $60.00
Friendly, helpful staff. On the water. Gravel Beach. Great place to explore. Artist in residence. Many children's activities. Vegetable/flower gardens. Petting zoo. - GailMOH
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
Sep 2016 - $50.00
Camden Hill State Park, Camden, Maine 63 water and electric sites and 40 unserviced sites Cost for out of state with w & e $50 This has always been one of our favorite campgrounds located on a hill one half mile east of the village of Camden. Bathrooms and showers are clean. Sites are in the woods and some are located in a field looking out to the coast. There is a nice drive up to Mt. Battie with beautiful views of the village plus looking out to the islands which is included in the fee. Parking in the village is limited for RV's but the road across from the library heading north has parking on the side of the street. Camden is considered one of the best little villages in Maine and it is. Maine State Parks were always reasonable for camping but in the last three years the cost increase have made them expensive. You can reserve some sites during the summer season but after Labor Day most of the parks become first serve and they use to drop the price of staying there. We were quite shocked when we checked in for a night that the price did not go down after labor day but with w & e and an out of state fee the fee was $50 a night. This is a lot for a state park and now is in the range of the state parks on the west coast. Over the years we have camped here many times heading north to Acadia and Canada and have always enjoyed it but we might have to start looking at some private campgrounds in the area. - gsnakehill
Sep 2016 - $50.00
We stayed in the open field at the front of the campground. Sites there are level and sunny in the morning which is nice on September mornings. Park is close to many attractions and excellent restaurants. Camden was having their Windjammer Festival on Labor Day Weekend and there were 18 ships taking part in the festivities. The wifi worked ok and AT&T service is marginal. - VtLee
Aug 2016 - $45.00
This is a beautifully wooded park just outside of Camden. Sites have W&E, no sewage, but dump station near by. The sites located among the trees are far from level, in fact we had to use our hydraulic jack to lower the blocks from our tongue jack to lower the tongue enough to level the trailer fore and aft. The larger rigs are located along the sites out of the trees near the ranger station which are more level. Water pressure is high, about 75 psi so a pressure reducer is required. Wi-FI is good but limited to only one appliance so you have to decide which to use: tablet or computer. You are allowed two WI-FI cards per campsite. AT&T is weak. Roads are dirt and are rough. Rangers are friendly and helpful.
We stayed for one week. - Nautilus
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
Oct 2016 - $30.00
We stayed for two nights. Sites are very woodsy and private. You feel like you are in a state park. Pit toilets throughout. Clean. Hot showers available at office. Also free dvds and books to borrow. Does not accommodate big buses. Has electric only but has a dump station available. Trail down to beautiful ocean. You cannot see ocean from sites.
Owner wonderful and available for any questions. - Paige Taylor
Sep 2016 - $30.00
If you desire FHU, TV and campsite wifi, you should look elsewhere. If you want a quiet, forested campsite away from the crowds on a peninsula unspoiled by tourist attractions, come here. The owners were exceptionally friendly. The campground is more like what you would find in a national park. The electric sites have 30A outlets (no breakers), a fire rings and picnic tables. There are rustic privies scattered around the 1-way gravel loop road. Dump station on loop near exit. Owners offered the use of tow-able blueboy if we needed to offload some gray water during our stay in lieu of towing the trailer out and back.
Showers are located at the office at the front end of the loop. We were here mid-week after Labor Day and this was a very quiet campground and while we had neighbors, there was almost no traffic on the loop. A foot path leads to a stone beach. We were able to receive 1 national network channel (CBS) and a handful of secondary ones. It may be possible to use DISH/Direct on some sites with an open view. We were at the opposite end of the loop from the office so the wifi didn't reach. The thinning of the brush and trees is still a work in progress. - Trailbuddy
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
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
Sep 2016 - $45.00
Staff was helpful in making arrival date changes with no penalty. Unfortunately, cable TV very poor in sites to rear of park, and no OTA signal available, also not satellite TV friendly. Staffer was able to move us to a site near the office, cable TV much better. No recreation in park, but within 15 minutes of Rockport and Camden waterfront. Quiet park, rundown, but location is decent. Easy in and out. - User3238
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
Sep 2016 - $65.00
We stayed over Labor Day weekend. It was crowded but quiet. Entrance isn't well lit and sign doesn't show in the dark. Easy to miss. Had to unhook towed vehicle because of tight roads getting to site. Heavily wooded and a nice change from other pull throughs where you are stacked on top of each other. Nice wooded trail leading to an overlook for a fantastic view of Maine's rugged coast and outlying islands. Lots well manicured. Lots of cool secluded tent sites. Full timers are removed to another part of the park. We traveled with 3 RVs and we were all together. Checked in to find out that we owed an additional $8 for some sort of miscalculation. Never did figure it out but we had made reservations 6 months earlier because of the Camden Windjammer festival. We did have an issue with a full timer who appears to have a reputation for causing problems with the transients. Mgmt took care of it immediately. He again caused issues with others in our group upon leaving and appears he has worn out his welcome with mgmt and was being removed. Whatever his issue was we didn't let it deter us from enjoying the campground and the local areas like Camden and Rockport. - DeeA
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