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Desert of Maine

95 Desert Rd, Freeport, Maine 04032 USA

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“Discover a surprising landscape in Freeport”

Discover a surprising landscape at the Desert of Maine in Freeport, Maine. This 40-acre desert was once a lush forest, but due to over-farming, the land became barren and sand-covered. Take a guided tour of the desert and learn about the history of the area and how it was formed. Explore the nature trails and the visitor center, where you can see exhibits and artifacts related to the desert. The Desert of Maine is a unique and unexpected destination in New England and a chance to experience a different kind of natural wonder.

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3 people have reviewed this location

Ratings Summary

4.5 Access
5.0 Location
5.0 Cleanliness
4.5 Site Quality
5.0 Noise

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Verizon 4G/5G

Confirmed by 2 users | Last reported on June 23, 2023
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Reviewed by
debratraugerlein

  • 14 Reviews
  • 9 Helpful
September 01, 2020
Rated 3.0

If you don't have little kids its not worth it.

8 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
NJGRLLUVSPABOY

  • 1 Review
  • 1 Helpful
July 15, 2015
Rated 5.0

This is definitely worth a stop. They staff is friendly. We loved taking the tour and hearing about its history. Then we got to walk around a couple of trials. My son enjoyed getting to dig 3 "treasures" out of the sand. We plan on going back one day.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
RVwithRandC

  • 131 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
July 12, 2022
Rated

This is a great little campground with water (good pressure) and 30amp (and 2 15amp plugs) sites. There are NOT sewer hookups at the sites, but there is a dump station near the bathhouse. We were able to book, pay, and check-in online; no need to go to the front desk. However, we did go to the front desk to say hi and checkout the building. There was a little cafe with several things to eat, a store, and someone to answer your questions about the park. Everything seems very relaxed an go-with-the-flow!

We highly recommend following their size recommendations for the sites; you will find these on the booking website. Some sites are tight to get into and you will have to park just right to use your slideouts. We didn't have any trouble driving our 31' class C around the campground, but wouldn't drive anything too much bigger through.

The bathrooms were very clean with hand soap and air dryers. There are individual showers with doors and a small changing area in each one. The water was hot and had good pressure.

There is a big grass area in front of the bathhouse that has cornhole and a pavilion with hook and ring toss games. There is a self-serve snack kiosk with some really good kettle corn. They have some frozen snacks, fire wood, flashlights and other basic essentials. You can pay with credit card.

The camp wifi was good at every site. We had no problem taking video calls and streaming throughout the day. Our verizon phones had good service with 35d/10u.

Overall, we definitely would come back and thoroughly enjoyed our stay!!!

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RVwithRandC would stay here again

Nightly Rate: $45.00

Days Stayed: 2

Site Number: 4

5 Access
5 Location
5 Cleanliness
5 Site Quality
5 Noise

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Verizon 4G

  • 10 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
June 23, 2023
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This is our first experience with this campground and would definitely stay here again. There are a lot of upgrades happening here and it shows. Many new cabins are being built, and the bathroom/bath house is new and very clean. We have a class B van and had no trouble getting into our spot, the water pressure was good and the provided WiFi from our spot (Site 2) was good. Rates in early summer 2023 were $55 on weekdays and $75 on weekends.

There are only two downsides to this campground. 1) It's a small park and they can only accept small rigs. As van owners, this works for us. The statement on their page about only accepting small rigs (Vans/truck campers) is justified. Not only is it a small park but maneuvering through the park would be tight for anything larger than a large truck camper. We did see a popup at a site and I can see that working ok, but anything larger than a teardrop would be difficult to maneuver. 2) No dump station. Fortunately, we have a cassette and this isn't a big problem for us but having a location to dump the gray water and cassette would be VERY helpful as small rigs have small tanks and need to dump more often.

In the end, we'd DEFINITELY stay here again.

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roadtripper4021291 would stay here again

Nightly Rate: $55.00

Days Stayed: 2

Site Number: 2

4 Access
5 Location
5 Cleanliness
4 Site Quality
5 Noise

Cell Coverage Rating

Verizon 5G

Reviewed by
christophemasse

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
September 20, 2022
Rated 2.0

To expensive for what it is. Interesting to see but not worth the price.

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Reviewed by
MeganSchuiteboer

  • 6 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
June 09, 2022
Rated 5.0

We absolutely loved our stay at the Desert of Maine Campground and a whole day in the Desert is hardly enough! The fun exhibits were super hands on for kids and there were tons of well-documented historical weeks scientific signs for the adults. I loved how the whole experience told us the story of the desert. (Definitely watch the video on their website before you go!) The campground was extremely clean with beautifully renovated bathrooms, lots of outdoor games, gorgeous hiking trails, a well stocked camp store and so much peace and tranquility. The new miniature gold is going to be so cool. We'll definitely be returning!!

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Reviewed by
joebarron

  • 4 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
August 14, 2021
Rated 5.0

((Campsite Review))

The staff here are super helpful and friendly. When I asked if we can go in early they texted me right when the spot opened up! As for the sites, they are brand new and the bathroom is ‘hotel quality’

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  • 5 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
August 03, 2021
Rated 5.0

the property was bought by new owners just a couple years ago and they are so clearly making it into a great stop. this is absolutely perfect for if you have little ones, a great stop for the family. and if you like lemonade, you have to try theirs!

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Reviewed by
karpeebs

  • 71 Reviews
  • 3 Helpful
June 28, 2021
Rated 5.0

A great stop on our Maine vacation. Lots of history here and they have made the park so whimsical with added touch’s. I loved how excited the staff was to tell us about all the upcoming plans for the park.

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Reviewed by
leahhouck

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
June 22, 2021
Rated 5.0

Loved exploring the dunes and trails, very family friendly. Would have enjoyed with or without kids.

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Desert of Maine

95 Desert Rd
Freeport, Maine
04032 USA
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