Take one mid-coast Maine town rich in history, nestle it in the foothills of Mt. Megunticook and Mt. Battie with sweeping views of Penobscot Bay, add a waterfall which flows under the storefronts and eateries and empties the Megunticook River into the head of the harbor, populate the small, sheltered harbor with lobster boats, fishing boats, and pleasure boats mixed in with a few sailing schooners and yachts, then sprinkle the streets with a plethora of unique gift shops, boutiques and eateries. Yes, this describes the lovely, captivating and quaint town of Camden. This would be our next destination and I’ll admit I was pretty excited to be visiting one of our favorite New England towns again after such a long time!
It was a gloomy, overcast day with showers in the forecast on Saturday, June 15th, the day of our departure from Sea-Vu West RV Resort in Wells, ME. We were headed for Camden Hills State Park for a four night stay. Luckily it wasn’t raining as we prepped to leave and only a few sprinkles along the way and there was a promise of clearing by the time we were to arrive in Camden. It would be 2-1/2 hours total drive time, we started out on I-95N and I-295N, then we left the monotony of the interstate behind as we exited onto US-1 in Brunswick, ME.
Slower driving but certainly a lot more scenic passing through many small towns such as Bath, renowned for its shipbuilding since 1743. The small town of Wiscasset near Boothbay is a tourist destination noted for it’s early architecture but also for Red’s Eats, which according to Wikipedia is a small takeout restaurant located by the Donald E. Davey Bridge on Route 1. It has been featured in more than 20 magazines and newspapers, including USA Today and National Geographic and several major television network newscasts, including Sunday Morning on CBS and a report by Bill Geist. The restaurant has been reported to be “the biggest traffic jam in Maine”. Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately based on the prices) we’ve never had an opportunity to eat there but recently our blogger friends, the Nealys (nealysonwheels.com) stopped there for lunch (two lobster rolls and fried zucchini) which set them back $54!
Arriving in Camden around 1:30 p.m., we had to drive through the center of town and even though it was a dismal Monday, it was still pretty busy. Surprising that it looked exactly the same as it did on our previous visits, maybe a shop or eatery was different but everything else looked exactly as it did 10+ years ago. The State Park is located two miles north of town so in a matter of minutes we turned into the entrance.
The majority of the State Park is not big rig friendly except for those sites (all ending in “U” on the site map) mostly located in what is known as the “field”. We had chosen site 56U which had water and 50 Amp electricity. After checking in, we maneuvered along the somewhat narrow dirt roads to our site. Not bad! Although the site itself was gravel, it was surrounded by thick, luscious, green grass. In front of us was a huge expanse of grass. Sites were very spacious with at least 50 feet between. No privacy but with all the room between the sites, it didn’t really seem to matter. Check our detailed review (Coming Soon).
That night we didn’t do much but the next morning it was time to explore! More to follow.