Hermit Island
GOOD FOR: All Ages
RATING:


Source:Outdoors with Kids Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont (AMC Books)
Address:Head Beach Road, Phippsburg
Hours:Open seasonally, May 15–Columbus Day
Fee: Campsite fees vary; reservations required during high season; no day use
Contact:

Hermit Island Campground Office, 207-443-2101, hermitisland.com

Bathrooms: Located throughout campground
Water/Snacks: Potable water available at spigots throughout campground; the store at the campground entrance offers an assortment of food and drink
Map:

USGS Small Point quad; hermitisland.com/map.html


Hermit Island offers unparalleled saltwater camping with plentiful sandy beaches, paddling opportunities, hiking trails, and bike-friendly dirt roads—something for the whole family!

Maine’s best saltwater camping may be on Hermit Island, a 225-acre peninsula jutting into Casco Bay. Stay at one of 275 family-friendly, seasonal campsites located near sandy beaches, in the forested interior, on rocky cliffs, or along the tidal harbor, each within walking or biking distance of one of six beaches.

Easy to moderate hiking trails lead to the island’s most pristine, remote beaches. Wild berries, including gooseberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries, all make great additions to the dinner menu in season! Rig up a fishing pole for the striper and bluefish that can be plentiful in these waters. And be sure the little tykes bring their buckets! Tidepools teem with everything from hermit crabs and snails to sea stars and urchins, and freshwater Lily Pond located in the southern part of the island is a great spot to catch toads and salamanders. Here, be on the lookout for muskrats scrounging for food and beavers building dams.

Hermit Island’s many amenities add to this destination’s allure. Warm showers and potable water, located throughout the campground, are included in your campsite fee. The campground’s store sells everything from firewood to fresh lobster. The Kelp Shed, across from the store, has an indoor game area and outdoor ping-pong tables and volleyball net. Canoes and rowboats are available for rent. Campsites fill quickly at high season. Make reservations far in advance.

Plan B:

Popham Beach State Park offers a great day trip for campers looking for adventure off the island. The park’s long sandy beach draws many a sunbather and seaside stroller. While in the area, consider venturing 2.0 miles north to Fort Popham State Historic Site, a semicircular granite fort at the mouth of the Kennebec River. Head to nearby Morse Mountain (Trip 11) for a hike and a day at the beach.

Where to Eat Nearby:

The small city of Bath, 15 miles north of Hermit Island, is home to restaurants, shops, boutiques, and galleries, many of which reside on the pedestrian-friendly Front and Centre streets. You might also want to stop by Bath’s Maine Maritime Museum, which offers multiple interactive exhibits for kids.



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