Desert of Maine

where art and nature come to play



 How did sand dunes end up in the middle of a forest? Learn the natural history and meet the quirky characters that have made the Desert of Maine an iconic tourist destination for nearly 100 years!

Take a self-guided walking tour referencing our tour map and  museum-quality signs that show the history and science in words and pictures.

Admission is $10.

Kids 5 and under and all Freeport residents are free.

Guided tours are available for larger groups if you call ahead.



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 sites (18 with water and electric). Each site has a picnic table and a fire pit ring. Brand new bathhouse. Firewood for sale. One-of-a-kind natural playground. Bring your dog. Trailers and RVs under 20' welcome.

Closed for renovations / COVID. We will reopen in May 2021.



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 one-of-a-kind natural playground boasts 6 different elements for kids to climb, balance, and slide on. Each element was hand crafted by local artisan Steve Smith of Renaissance Timber using hand-hewn, local wood including some reclaimed from trees removed from our property. 

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(207) 850-3025


Coming soon
We are closed for the 2020 season. We will be continuing our extensive renovations over the fall, winter, and spring. We hope you will visit us next year to see our progress!

You are welcome to walk the dunes while we are closed.