Camden Hills State Park

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280 Belfast Rd, Camden, ME 04843-4519
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Jennifer B wrote a review Aug 2020
Arlington, Virginia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My husband and I took this 1.3 mile hike up to the summit. So beautiful. It is a medium exertion hike. I saw a lot of families doing it together. So worth it to see the view of the islands below once you reach the summit. Very clean camp style bathroom at the base of the trail.
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Date of stay: July 2020
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lrgacd wrote a review Oct 2016
Lancaster, PA
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Campground is very conveniently located in central Maine. Within 1-1.5 hours of many Maine attractions. Rangers are friendly and helpful. Free wifi in many of the campsites. Pets are welcome at this campground. We were tenting and found the site we had selected from the reservable on-line list (97) to be very close to the site next to it. We did enjoy the yellow-bellied sapsucker nesthole in a tree at our site, but didn't enjoy having neighbors so close we could see what they were reading. Sites 100-102 were being used as group camping while we were there with the people staying there having moved their picnic tables to middle ground between them, complete with tiki torches. However, they were not overly loud and did respect quiet hours, which tells me that quiet time is strictly enforced. Next visit, despite no wifi on this loop, we will pick a site in the 71-81 loop as they seemed to be spaced further apart and offer the most privacy. That loop is also under the trees. Most of the other sites on the upper end of the campground offer a mix of sun and shade. Sites 89 and 99 also have a little more spacing between them and other sites if you are looking for wifi sites with privacy. Most of the sites in the rest of the campground are extremely close to each other and offer little privacy. Showers were hot and clean. There is a scullery sink for washing dishes at the upper bathhouse (84-93 loop). Firewood is available near the check-in station. Mt. Battie tower was closed while we were there, but the hike up to Megunticook offered amazing views and puts you well above Mt. Battie. This campground offers 6 miles of wonderful trails.
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Date of stay: June 2016
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Privacy with wifi - sites 89 or 99. Sites 71-81 offer most privacy, but no wifi.
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James A wrote a review Jul 2012
Montpelier, Vermont
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We car camped here for two nights. Friendly, helpful staff. Ultra clean restrooms, with hot showers and plenty of hot water. The camp sites have fire rings and picnic tables. The sites are not crowded and the park was quiet and well-run. We had a perfect stay. The park provides free wi-fi at most of the sites.
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Date of stay: July 2012
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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4.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Trypp Adams wrote a review Dec 2013
Minneapolis, Minnesota
3.0 of 5 bubbles
I pulled up here and was excited about the opportunities. I asked the ranger if they had a scenic sites, something up on the mountain with a view, and the response was "We don't have anything like that here" What they do have are almost 100 campsites on several loops with centralized showers and bathrooms. I don't know that any of the sites are better than others. The place was fairly quite at night which was good as I was tent camping and for under $20 - a bargain.
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Date of stay: October 2013
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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trish p wrote a review Sep 2017
2.0 of 5 bubbles
The park was beautiful, the rangers were terrific but the camp facility very rustic. They do have water, electric and a better than your average WiFi system. The negative is that there isn't much for those traveling with kids -- small play ground up the hill from the dump station and 2 TV channels with an antenna, if you're lucky (so it better not rain on any parents!). Also the showers were limited and reminded me of the Temple of Doom, they were so dank and crawling with bugs. Ok, so camping brings you closer to nature, but slugs and spiders in the shower? Ugh. The camp lavatory wasn't much better: dark even during daylight, with more crawIies! Would not recommend for extended camping unless you're desperate or REALLY enjoy intimate nature experiences.
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Date of stay: September 2017Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Bill E, Manager at Camden Hills State Park
Responded Sep 17, 2017
Hi Trish p, Your comments about the campground and particularly of the bathrooms are concerning. Our staff works hard to keep the bathrooms clean and sanitary around the clock. The bathrooms are cleaned and checked throughout the day. Complaints about insects in the bathrooms are rarely ever heard, nor have I seen in my 14 years as Manager here any conditions which you cite. I will personally check to make sure. The showers have tempered warm water and run for a minute or two but a push of the small button in the shower stall instantly starts the next cycle. Water pressure is invigorating. Perhaps the lighting colored your opinion on the bathrooms; lighting is economical and energy efficient CFL bulbs. These bathrooms were constructed in the late 1990's and CFL bulbs were commonly used then. Brighter lighting would be a good investment now that other lighting options are available. Please be assured that our staff takes a great deal of pride in offering what most folks find to be clean and enjoyable conditions throughout the park and particularly in the bathrooms.
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Holly H wrote a review Aug 2012
Amherst, Canada
5.0 of 5 bubbles
An all you need campground. We are in a 27 foot trailer with one slide. The sites are very spacious, treed and private. The washrooms are clean with free showers. Lots of hiking, if you are a biker you can easily ride into the town of Camden to take in it’s shops and sights.
The only thing I could see as a benefit would be a shuttle into Camden. This would be somewhat “green” as it would cut down on the vehicles travelling into Camden and relieve some of it’s congestion.
The entrance staff are friendly and informative. Dog friendly.
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Date of stay: July 2012
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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erobb2 wrote a review Oct 2010
Toronto, Canada
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Camden Hills State Park was a quiet and clean campground. The bathrooms were very well maintained and there was a convenient dishwashing sink outside. Park staff were friendly and recommended day hikes and attractions in the area. Don't miss driving up Mt Battie. We also climbed up Mount Megunticook- GORGEOUS. It is a fair climb, about an hour or so uphill, but the view is well worth it!
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Date of stay: August 2010
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Ann R wrote a review Aug 2016
2.0 of 5 bubbles
I have to say it's a pretty park and shady. But our problems started the minute we walked in and was from the Maintenence guy/self appointed show-runner. The poor young lady at the desk pretty much ignored him (smart girl). We had reservations and he immediately looked at our A class with tow and said "you are too big. There's nothing here". Looked at the girl and said "don't you ask their length?" She checked us in. We had a great spot...plenty long and nice. The next morning I look at their "IMPORTANT INFO" again and note trash pickup at 9:00 am. We set ours out as did 2 neighboring RVs. At 11:30 the "maintenance man" (he told us that is his job) came by and told us. "You have to take your own garbage to dump. You can't leave it there. We don't pick up garbage". I picked mine up, all my neighbors, and took to garbage container. He followed me In his car!!!! I went into office to ask them (nicely) to please mark through that statement for future campers. He stormed in and said to young girl in a raging voice, "she has no business harassing you". She assured him I was not being harassing but kindly asked her to mark through for others!!! I left him storming In the office. Again, nice park as far as grounds. Poorly run. Surely others has had a run in with him, as we had TWO!!!!
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Date of stay: August 2016Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from Bill E, Manager at Camden Hills State Park
Responded Aug 21, 2016
This review must be for another campground - we're Camden Hills State Park. There is no 9:00 trash pickup or any sign referring to trash pickup - we have a centrally located dumpster. Nor do we have any positions called a "maintenance man" - we are staffed by Rangers & Assistant Rangers. None of our staff uses a car in the campground; they use a golf cart, pickup truck, or occasionally an ATV. Nothing in this review sounds even remotely familiar. There is a private campground nearby called Camden Hills RV Park - are you mistaking us for another campground?
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Jtighe66 wrote a review Jun 2014
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Tent camped at site 47 June 20-22 2014. Very nice wooded sites w electric, water, and wifi. Good security and staff interactions. Great location with access to hiking trails and auto road to Mount Battie within the campground. Restrooms kept very clean and private showers that always had hot water when we went each morning. Weather was perfect and had great time hiking Maiden Cliff, Mt. Battie and Mt McGunticook. The views are fantastic. Swam in Barrett's Cove and made short drive to Rockland to walk the Breakwater Lighthouse. The Camden Harbor area is a few minutes away and full of quaint shops and restaurants. The entire area is clean and well kept. I liken it to a mini Bar Harbor without the crowds. Idyllic trip - JUST DO IT!!!
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Date of stay: June 2014
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Greyhavendiary wrote a review Aug 2016
Corning, New York
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
We spent a single night at this spectacular Campground only 2 miles north of the town of Camden on Rt. 1. We are traveling in a 37' motorhome (not towing) with 2 dogs. We got a great site with 50amp and water in a clearing which allowed for satellite. Very nice quiet Campground with many various sites to choose from (tenting, trailer, small class B/C.) A very polite neighbor offered us his toad to go up Mt. Battie at sunset to view the town of Camden and Penobscot Bay. Spectacular!! I took a short walk to the Mt.Battie Take Out for a delicious dinner of a fresh lobster roll and breaded haddock sandwich. It is located about 100 yards from the park entrance and has burgers, lobster rolls, and ice cream. Well worth it!! We had purchased firewood when registering and found it to be nice dry and crackling birch wood. The office also has firestarters for sale. Will come back again!
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Date of stay: August 2016Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Bill E, Manager at Camden Hills State Park
Responded Aug 21, 2016
Thank-you for the kind comments. I'm so happy you enjoyed your stay here and hope you return often!
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Answer from Bill E
Durango, Mexico132 contributions111 helpful votes
It depends on your carrier - I am not sure which is better but there is a difference. BTW the park offers free WiFi which is continually being upgraded.
Answer from Bill E
Durango, Mexico132 contributions111 helpful votes
I apologize, just saw your question... Reservations can be made online at (tripadvisor doesn't permit links - google campwith me) or by calling (207) 624-9950 M-F 9A- 4P
Answer from Dopey1947
Jacksonville, Florida132 contributions32 helpful votes
Pets are allowed. Dogs on leash. We camped in a 5th wheel. Not sure of tent cost, but nice shady campsites. Be sure to check out Mt. Battie! Enjoy!
Marie-Madelon asked a question Jul 2015
Sainte-Anne-de-la-Rochelle, Canada1 contribution
Is there a beach close where we can go swim with the children?
Doris K wrote a tip Aug 2017
Cherry Hill, New Jersey177 contributions102 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Site 36 is spacious and private and close to the bathrooms."
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lrgacd wrote a tip Oct 2016
Lancaster, PA66 contributions113 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Privacy with wifi - sites 89 or 99. Sites 71-81 offer most privacy, but no wifi."
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chpy wrote a tip Aug 2015
Winnipeg, Canada52 contributions22 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Ask for group sites 4 and 5. Very level and a bit of a view on the ocean."
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Frequently Asked Questions about Camden Hills State Park
Which popular attractions are close to Camden Hills State Park?
Nearby attractions include Mount Battie (1.6 km), Camden Harbor Park and Amphitheatre (2.6 km), and Camden Hills State Park (0.10 km).
What are some restaurants close to Camden Hills State Park?
Conveniently located restaurants include Aster & Rose at The Youngtown Inn, Franny's Bistro, and River Ducks Ice Cream.
Are pets allowed at Camden Hills State Park?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Are there any historical sites close to Camden Hills State Park?
Many travellers enjoy visiting High Street Historic District (2.7 km).
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