10 Parks near South Thomaston, Maine
Jun 2015 - $90.00
We had a spot right on the bay and the views were fantastic. The campground is clean and the restrooms are ok. The restrooms and shower could use an updating but are satisfactory. The views of the bay made up for the moderate facilities. The owner was very nice and friendly. Great area to explore. Very much off the beaten path. Sea glass hunting right there on the beach. We would stay there again. - Ton-e
Aug 2014 - $40.00
This is our favorite campground ever. Old style camping with natural beauty and no man-made distractions to keep you from enjoying the place and the people. Looking for glitz and glamour try somewhere else and leave this beautiful place for the rest of us. - AlmostRetired
May 2011 - $32.00
This is a very difficult campground to rate. It is right on the ocean. If you are lucky enough to get one of the 4 or 5 waterfront sights, the view is great. We were here preseason so, we got lucky. It is inexpensive for here, as $32 per night is extremely cheap. The owner/manager is very nice. She even accepts out-of-state checks. (No credit cards accepted). It is hard to rate how it would be in busy season, but I suspect it is very peaceful. This is a great area to spend time, with Rockline very near with all of the restaurants and services on top of the many beaches and lighthouses to explore. Now the somewhat negatives. The campground if very funky. It seems to have been laid-out by someone that has had one too many drinks. There are various power poles and water outlets around. The sites are marked, but pretty haphazard. We were there when it had been raining a lot, so it was pretty sloppy. There are no sewer hookups. There are 20 and 30 amp (no 50 amps.) We had 30 amp, but not really. We have a safety device to cut power if the voltage drops too much. We had to be very careful not to use too much are the voltage would go very low,so don't expect to use AC or electric heaters or water heaters. (AC's and electric heater are banned by the park rules anyway.) Oh yes, it is a very quiet and dark park, which we like. A few streetlights around, but not too bright. If you are looking for a "resort" stay far away. If you like views and quite for a few days, give it a try. - TheJim
Jul 2015 - $52.00
We stayed here to attend the nearby Rockland Lobster Festival. Our spot was closest to the river, so our views were great - unobstructed, wide-open views of the river in the distance. WiFi was pretty much unusable. Our AT&T cell service also was marginal (1 or 2 bars of 3G), but that's nothing that the RV park can do anything about. There is a long gravel & dirt access road in and out of the park, which means that our car was always coated in a layer of dust, and the park won't let you wash your rig or car, so you've been warned. No cable TV to my recollection, but we could pull in a couple of stations over-the-air. It was a peaceful setting, just nothing special. - coffeetime
Jul 2015 - $48.00
Neat clean park with a water view. Most sites are in the open. There are several more shaded sites along a tree line. Navigating around the park is easy on well maintained dirt roads. The road from US 1 to the park has a narrow bridge. Two cars can pass easily but with an RV you might want to wait for a vehicle crossing. The bridge clearance is 13'6". - petendoll
Jun 2015 - $44.00
We had full hookups with 50 amp electricity. We had a site that we backed into in the front row that faced the water. We had the most beautiful view of the St. George River. Dish Satellite was excellent, and our Verizon cell service was great. Our only negative is that the WIFI was not always stable, and we had to use our personal hotspot during those times. The staff is very helpful and friendly. There are no trees at the campsites, but the entire park is surrounded by them. There is a path leading to the river that is cut and though it is not a smooth walk, once at the water's edge, it is peaceful to sit on the rocks and view the scenery. We had a very enjoyable stay here and would recommend this park to others. It is not large; there are some seasonal trailers set up, but for the most part, it was not crowded when we were there. A great place to stay! - Ferdy
May 2016 - $14.00
To be honest, I have mixed feelings about writing this review, because Sandy Shores is a hidden gem that very few people know about and because I don't want to tell anyone it's here so I can keep it to myself. Let me begin by saying that this is a private Co-op park but some of the individual site owners have opened it to seasonal and monthly renters. The rate shown is the seasonal rate divided by 180 days. The park operates from the beginning of May through the end of October. It's located on South Pond which is an approximate 600 acre fresh water lake. There is a boat ramp and dock. The roads in the park are crushed stone and the sites are large and grassy with plenty of shade trees. There are two bath houses with restrooms that are lightly used and very clean. There are also two clean laundry rooms with very reasonably priced machines. The swimming pool opens as soon as the cool Maine spring permits. You can also play horseshoes, shuffleboard or tennis. There is a clubhouse that contains a full kitchen, a game room and library exchange. Yes, the park abuts a railroad spur. The train comes by about once each week during the day to drop off and pickup 2-3 bulk cars at the concrete plant. It is very quiet here. This is Mid-Coast Maine where there is plenty to see and do. There are a minimum of 6 lighthouses to visit within 1 hour of the park. Any number of state parks close by, 4 miles to groceries and gas, 1.5 miles to a farm stand and fresh fish is everywhere. There is a reason they call this vacation land. Shh, try not to tell anyone... please. - freckles1219
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
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
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 2016 - $40.00
Stayed one night meeting up with friends while we were on our way north. Nice facility right on the lake, with a lot of activities for kids and families. More of a destination/resort type campground than a stop over place. - Nausett
Sep 2015 - $26.00
We visited the park off season,and found it very quiet. Our site (123) had a beautiful lake view,however,it was a real challenge to get a 27 foot trailer down the road to the site. Many of the sites are small,but the staff was helpful in choosing one we could use. We were using the park as a base for a sea kayaking trip,so we didn't use the park amenities,but we saw a nice camp store,swimming pool,and laundry facilities. We will be returning next year. - Winniecruzer
Jul 2013 - $38.00
Campground is on lake, but access is limited. Most lake side sites are small or have seasonal campers. Roads and sites are dirt and gravel. Sites are scattered thru forest and can be tight, close to neighbors and not level. Lots of activities for kids. Close to shopping, restaurants, etc. We would probably look elsewhere to have some peace and quite. - kmgulf
Aug 2014 - $48.00
This campground has some of the best on-the-lake sites in Maine and a nice beach. But that's where the good features end. Biggest negative were the showers and bathrooms. Stayed one week and bathrooms/showers were too few and very poorly maintained. Clogged toilets, no TP. On a very busy weekend, nothing was cleaned. Access roads would be difficult for larger rigs. Overall poorly maintained and not attractive. Most sites are seasonal with personable campers. I would go again for the lake and sites, provided I had my own shower and toilet, but the lake sites do not have sewer connections. The owner is pleasant and hard working, but appears overwhelmed based upon the conditions of roads, sites and lack of organization and landscaping. The desk person needs training on serving customers and making them feel welcome. Generally would not recommend, compared to many nice CG in Maine. However, in a pinch and without plans to use toilet/shower it can be acceptable. - Robic
Aug 2008 - $38.00
This campground is located on a steep drop down from the entrance to the pond (Sennebec) and consists largely of seasonal campers, with approximately 20 transient sites. We were there during "Hallowe'en" (in August) weekend and the place was overflowing with noisy boisterous campers. Also, the jet skis on the pond were very annoying for kayakers like us. Sites are very close together, compounding the problem with noise. We were there for 9 days but will NOT be returning again for the reasons mentioned above. - Jay Rutherford
May 2007 - $26.00
To many seasonals and sites were very small to many carts running around and parties at night, some campers had 4 large dogs that barked and whined all day. Not a good visit, we will not go back. - jedcad
Aug 2016 - $26.00
Nice quiet park about one mile from the Pemaquid Point Lighthouse, which is obviously located on the ocean. Wooded campsites with fire rings and a playground for the kids. The park is cleaned and maintained daily. We have stayed here several times on our trips to Maine. - Mike DiRenzo
Jul 2016 - $40.00
If you like a laid back, quiet setting this campground is for you. This is a small campground with very friendly staff. We were amazed at how quiet it was, we stayed 4 nights and never heard anyone camping around us. The nearby shops, kayaking, seafood, lighthouse, historic fort and beach were great. The only downside was limited WiFi (at office only) and the small number of sites with sewer. Most sites are smallish with limited privacy but ours was fantastic. - Maineiac
Jul 2016 - $38.00
High price for what you get. I had requested full hook-ups when I reserved but was told no sewer sites were available when we checked in. Since they don't take a deposit or confirm reservations, we had no choice but to take a site with water and electric. We had no AT&T phone or internet service, wi-if at office only. No cable TV and satellite was blocked by trees. Our site was mainly dirt and grass, little gravel. The campground is very dusty. There are a lot of old campers in poor repair. We stayed for 2 nights and left a day early. - Bunci