Chosen By: Lisa Pohlmann, NRCM CEO
Location: Whiting, Washington County
Description: The wildlife-rich waters of Cobscook Bay surround this 888-acre park on three sides, providing opportunities to watch birds and observe the ebb and flow of the region’s impressive tides. Cobscook, the Maliseet-Passamaquoddy tribal word for “boiling tides,” aptly describes this setting where the tidal range averages 24 feet and can reach 28 feet (compared to a 9-foot average tide along Maine’s southernmost coast). It’s located off U.S. Route 1 approximately six miles south of Dennysville and six miles north of Whiting.
Activities: Camping, wildlife watching, hiking, paddling
Favorite Season(s) to Visit: Summer and fall
Why It’s Special: This spot is the little-known gem of the state park system. Never crowded, always quiet, it’s a paddler’s coastal paradise for seeing eagles, seals, and many species of ducks. It is the perfect getaway in one of the most beautiful parts of Maine. Check out the little towns of Eastport and Lubec, and hike Quoddy Head while you’re there, plus have pie at Helen’s in Machias on your way!
Tips: Book your stay early. The waterfront campsites go quickly because of regulars like me!
More info and directions: https://campmaine.com/directory/downeastacadia-campgrounds/cobscook-bay-state-park/