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. 

Take a self-guided walking tour using the PocketSights mobile app or the printed map from the store.  Guided tours are available twice daily at 11am and 1pm. 

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

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



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. Unique natural playground. Bring your dog. Trailers and RVs under 20' welcome.

The campground will reopen Friday, June 5, 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 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. 

Screenshot 2019-08-01 at 11.59.17 PM.png


(207) 850-3025


open daily 9-5
May 22 - October 12