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A quiet, secluded campground that is close to Freeport and Portland, but feels like it is a world away.

The campground at the Desert of Maine has recently been renovated so it lives up to its magical surroundings.  This quiet and luxurious campground is nestled in among tall Northern Pine trees, on the edge of the dunes. It is close to Freeport and Portland but it feels like it is a world away from everything. We have a variety of luxury cabins and glamping tents to choose from!
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Cabins

We have six A-Frame cabins and (new for 2023) eight shed-style cabins. All of our cabins feature big windows that face the woods so it feels like you are sleeping outside.

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Glamping Tents

If you want to experience the magic of camping but you prefer to sleep in a luxurious bed and have everything set up for you, take a look at our new glamping tents!

Starting in 2024, our campground will be comprised of cabins and glamping tents and we will no longer have sites for tents, vans, and RVs. We know this is disappointing to those who have tent or van camped here in the past.

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Things To Do

Features

  • The bath house is clad in cedar so it smells good (imagine that!) and it has 3 individually locking showers with actually hot water.

  • Dog-friendly!

  • Fast WiFi throughout the campground and at the Welcome Center

  • Self-service camp store available 24x7 where you can buy bundled firewood, ice cream, snacks, drinks, ice, and other essentials. Credit cards, cash, and ApplePay/GooglePay accepted!

Things To Do

  • Enjoy 15% off general admission to the Desert of Maine

  • Stroll the dunes, hike the trail around the dunes, or stargaze at night

  • Mini Golf - Enjoy 15% off mini golf

  • Play on our one-of-a-kind natural playground

  • Lawn games! (in front of the bath house)

    • Cornhole

    • Hook & Ring (warning: addictive!)

    • Giant Connect 4

    • Giant Jenga

    • Bocce

    • Tetherball
       

  • Nearby:

    • Freeport Outlet Stores (including LL Bean's flagship store)​

    • Freeport Restaurants / Breweries

      • Maine Beer Company

      • Mast Landing Brewery

    • Downtown Portland (only 20 minutes away)

    • Wolfe's Neck Center

    • Winslow Park

    • Bradbury Mountain

    • Beaches

    • Kayaking / Canoeing

Campground FAQ

Campground FAQ

RESERVATIONS

Do you allow seasonal camping or reservations for someone to stay the entire season? 

No, our longest stay is for 7 days. 

 

Do you allow winter or year-round rentals? 

Our camping season is May through October! 

 

Where do I check in for my camping reservation? 

Our campground is self-serve. You can head directly to your site anytime after 3pm on the day of your reservation. You do not need to stop at our Welcome Center to check in or check out. If you have questions or concerns about your reservation, message us or called 207-250-2550 ext 3.

 

Can I request an early check in or a late check out? 

In most cases we can accommodate these requests. We ask that you reach out to us on the day of your reservation to confirm if you can have a late check out or early check in for your particular site, as housekeeping schedules may determine whether this is possible or not. 

 

Do you accommodate reservations for groups for multiple cabins or glamping tents? 

Each type of cabin and glamping tent has a maximum occupancy based on comfort and space, however, you can book multiple sites by making multiple reservations. Please be aware that we take our quiet hours seriously here (10pm-8am), and while we love to have a good time, we want all of our guests to be able to come here, fully relax, and enjoy some peace and quiet, which includes being able to fall asleep and stay asleep without interference! We may not be the best fit for every type of group. 

 

Will I be refunded if I cancel my reservation? 

Cancellations made prior to 14 days in advance of your stay (3:00 pm the day your reservation begins) will receive a full refund. Cancellations made less than 14 days before the beginning of the stay will not receive a refund regardless of weather or other circumstances. Changes to the reservation dates within 14 days of your arrival (eg. shortening your stay or shifting the arrival date later) will be at the discretion of the Desert of Maine.

CAMPGROUND INFO

Are the cabins accessible?

The Cozy and Escape cabins do not have an accessible entrance or layout. Each requires going up several steps to get into the cabin. The Cozy cabin, as it is named, is quite small on the inside, and also requires guests to use the nearby bath house. The Escape cabins are more spacious and  each have a toilet and sink. One of our new Haven cabins (#16) is accessible, including an accessible entrance, kitchenette, layout, and bathroom. 

 

Is the bath house accessible?

The original structure of the bath house is several decades old and the dimensions of individual restroom stalls in the bath house do not meet ADA guidelines. The private showers require a step up and down to enter and exit. Each shower has grab bars, a portable stool, and a detachable sprayer.

 

Is there a dump station in the campground?

No, there is not. 

 

If I stay in the campground, can I explore the dunes and play mini golf too? What about the playground?

Our campground guests receive a 15% discount on general admission and mini golf tickets during our operating hours. You will be given a coupon code at the time of your reservation, along with other information about visiting and accessing the Desert of Maine. In addition, campground guests are invited to stroll the dunes after 6pm for free. Access to the playground is always free.

 

Do you have spots for trailers and RVs?

We no longer have spots for guests to set up their own tents, trailers, or RVs. As of the 2024 season, our campground solely provides cabins and glamping tents. 

 

Is there electricity at every site? 

Yes, all cabins and glamping tents have electricity. Cabins and glamping tents that do not have a sink have outdoor water access at the site

 

Do all campsites and cabins have WiFi?

Yes, the campground has excellent WiFi.

 

What is the “Camp Store” and what are its hours? 

Our Camp Store is a self-serve store in our campground where our guests can buy firewood, ice, small snacks, and other essentials. The Camp Store is open 24/7 and has both a self-checkout kiosk that accepts credit cardsand cash.

POLICIES

Are pets allowed in the campground?

We allow dogs in the campground, but other types of pets are not permitted. If you do bring a dog, please help us in keeping barking to a minimum, and please make sure to clean up after your dogs. There is a $20 per night fee per dog.

 

Can I bring my own firewood? 

If you are bringing properly treated wood from within the state of Maine then yes. In Maine, you are not allowed to bring in firewood from out of state. Bundled firewood, fire starters, and matches are available for purchase at our self-serve camp store. 

 

How many cars can park at each campsite? 

Our campsites can only accommodate one car per site. If you have a second car, please park it in our lower parking lot (the lot that you drive through on your way into the campground). 

 

I have a question that is not listed here, how do I get in touch with the campground office? 

We do not have a physical campground office. Our Welcome Center on site operates provides information primarily for our tourist attraction and mini golf. If you want more information about the campground, email stay@desertofmaine.com or call 207-250-2550 ext 3.

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