Desert of Maine

where art and nature come to play



 How did sand dunes end up in the middle of a forest? And how did this unique and beautiful landscape become a tourist attraction? Learn the natural history and meet the quirky characters that made the Desert of Maine a world class oddity. 

The guided walking tour is about 35 minutes. Download a self-guided tour at PocketSights, grab a map in the store, or call ahead if you'd like to book a human. 

Tours (and gem hunt for kids!) are included with $10 admission. 

Please call ahead if you have a large group or require special accommodation.



Even though we’re located close to downtown Freeport, just a 20-minute drive to the center of Portland, and not far from some of Maine’s most beautiful beaches, our campground is nestled in the peace and quiet of a lush Maine forest. 

We have 23 tent sites (18 with water and electric). Each site has a picnic table and a fire pit ring. Brand new bathhouse. Firewood for sale. Rare natural playground. Dogs are welcome. Trailers and RVs under 20' are welcome. 

Thanks for a great first season!

The campsites will reopen Friday, May 22, 2020.



The historic Tuttle barn is the first stop on our guided tour of the Desert. From it's legendary move to Freeport to it's posts and beams that date as far back as the 1700s, it is a structure emblematic of New England farming culture.

And as such, there are plans underway to preserve and renovate it to be a unique space for arts and events, making it the centerpiece of a thriving arts center accessible to anyone and everyone hungry for music, beauty, and creativity. 




Our unique natural playground boasts 6 different elements for kids to climb, balance, and slide on. Each element was hand crafted by local artisan Steve Smith using local wood including some reclaimed from trees removed from our property. 

More on hand-hewing and Renaissance Timber, here

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Desert of Maine
95 Desert Road
Freeport, ME 04032
(207) 850-3025
open daily 9-5
May 22 - October 12, 2020



Curious about all the changes underway? We'd love to share all the exciting details.