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Campground Listings - Mid Coast

Maine’s Mid-coast Region is defined by coastal Route 1,
which skirts an irregular rockbound shoreline that changes dramatically from
the sandy beaches of Maine’s South Coast. Not only is the pace slower than at
the South Coast, scenic harbors, working waterfronts and saltwater fishing
opportunities abound.  In
addition, peninsulas jut out from several spots along the Mid-coast
and each contains a flavor all its own, from historic Pemaquid
Point
to the commercial development of Boothbay Harbor.
However, while the Mid-coast is known primarily for its rocky coast, some
of the most beautiful and sandy beaches in Maine are found at Reid State
Park
in Georgetown and at Popham Beach. Reid State Park features
nearly a mile and a half of sand beaches, dunes, marshes, ledges and ocean,
plus a warm saltwater pond for swimming. 

Swimming
is also encouraged in any of the numerous lakes, ponds and
fishing holes found just a few miles inland from the coast. In
fact, there are more than a few lovely lakes and quiet estuaries
inland to explore and enjoy. Picnic spots abound throughout
that part of the region, and bird watching is a favorite sport
for many visitors and residents. Much of Maine’s
maritime history is found in this region, from the historic and well-known
Maine Maritime Museum in Bath to the finely restored row of Captains’
homes along Route 1 in Searsport. Of
course, with the ocean so predominate, it’s only natural much
of the recreational activities in the region center on the sea, from puffin watching to whale watching, from deep-sea
fishing to lobster bakes
on remote islands. 

Some of Maine’s most famous
"clam shacks" are also found here and, of course, lobster, fresh fish
and “chowdah” are always on the menu. Moody’s Diner on Route 1 in Waldoboro,
for instance, is a favorite stop for locals and visitors alike. Wait till you
try their pies!  
In
addition, there are numerous coastal villages such as Camden,
Boothbay Harbor and Belfast, some where you can go right out on
the pier and watch the lobster and the fish brought in daily.
In fact, in many spots you can choose the lobster that looks just
right for your evening meal and often eat on a dock and enjoy
the view. 

The Mid-coast is
also home to Maine’s historic windjammer fleet and the schooners can
be found nestled alongside lobster boats and pleasure crafts in both Rockland
and Camden. Not all activities are waterrelated, of course. Naturally,
there are art galleries galore throughout the Mid-coast Region,
and antique shops and small handcrafted jewelry and knickknack stores
are everywhere. There are flea markets and garage sales; there are auction
barns and auction houses, and the region offers some of the most diverse, interesting
and memorable ar t galleries in Maine.  

Two
of Maine’s most famous festivals – Windjammer Days held
each June in Boothbay Harbor, and Rockland’s Lobster Festival
held each August, are found in the Mid-coast Region and there
are numerous strawberry festivals, church suppers, bean hole suppers
and chowder dinners to please even the most discerning of visitors.
 

Region Information provided by The Maine Campground Owners Association