Wolfe’s Neck Oceanfront Camping in Maine

Here’s what you need to know to plan a camping trip to Wolfe’s Neck State Farm and Oceanfront Campground near Freeport, Maine.

WOLFE’S NECK OCEANFRONT CAMPGROUND: CAR CAMPING GUIDE

By Katherine Oakes, Bearfoot Theory’s East Coast based writer

If you’ve been to Maine, you most likely visited Acadia National Park and fell in love with Maine’s laidback vibe, coastal hikes, and tree-filled landscapes. Maine has even more hidden gems to be discovered, Wolfe’s Neck State Farm & Oceanfront Campground is one of those. After a busy week of moving into our new place in Portland, Maine a night outside was just the thing my husband and I needed to hit reset. Luckily, we were able to scratch that itch with a quick 30-minute drive north to Wolfe’s Neck State Farm and Oceanfront Campground for a much-needed car camping trip.

This waterfront campground has everything you’d want out of a trip to the coastal town of Freeport, Maine—sunrise and sunsets included—with plenty of wooded trails nearby to keep hikers happy too. In short: we loved it and I can’t wait to go back. Plus, a visit to Wolfe’s Neck State Farm and Campground also supports their non-profit organization all while helping you get your fill of the outdoors. We’re big here at Bearfoot Theory on supporting environmental non-profits & volunteering our time to make a difference and give back.

As it goes in all of the destinations we share, please practice good trail etiquette and remember to Leave No Trace. This means packing out all of your garbage, being respectful to others on busy trails, and following the established rules.

So, ready to go? Here’s the Wolfe’s Neck Oceanfront Campground Car Camping Destination Guide.

How to Get to Wolfe’s Neck Oceanfront Campground

Wolfe’s Neck Oceanfront Campground is part of the larger Wolfe’s Neck State Park, located just five miles off of I-295 in the beautiful town of Freeport, Maine. It’s not far from the town center which is home to L.L.Bean headquarters and a local food market, Bow Street Market so you’ll be able to grab some gear or food supplies on your way in if need be.

Wolfe’s Neck State Oceanfront Campground Details

The Wolfe’s Neck State Park Center for Agriculture and the Environment is, as you might have guessed, more than just an oceanfront campground. On your way into the campground, you’ll pass by the farm and education center, so I wanted to take a moment to highlight the incredible work they do there.

Wolfe’s Neck State Farm is a one-of-a-kind, year-round, coastal farm that practices regenerative farming, a method that has been proven to reduce carbon in the atmosphere. Their mission is to educate the public and the next generation on how this type of agriculture can reverse the effects of climate change when done properly. All the campground and park entrance fees support their hardworking team and innovative efforts.

Here’s what you need to know to plan a camping trip to Wolfe’s Neck State Farm and Oceanfront Campground near Freeport, Maine.

The Best Time to Visit Wolfe’s Neck Oceanfront Campground

The campground is open year-round and depending on your style, a peaceful overnight stay during the winter might be just as beautiful as a balmy summer evening. However, the high season (June through August) gets busy and you’ll need to plan your stay in advance to get a prime spot. The best time to visit Wolfe’s Neck Oceanfront Campground is during September/October when the park gets quiet and the colors are about to turn. Alternatively, the farm offers programs for families with young kids during the summer, which is something to consider when planning your trip.

Here’s what you need to know to plan a camping trip to Wolfe’s Neck State Farm and Oceanfront Campground near Freeport, Maine.

Things to Do at Wolfe’s Neck Oceanfront Campground

You’ll want for nothing while staying at Wolfe’s Neck Oceanfront Campground thanks to its 600+ acres that includes hiking trails, organic farms, biking paths, and kayaking. While we were there, we enjoyed a laidback night complete with a camp dinner, fire and a stroll with our three-legged pup down by the shoreline which was easily accessible from our campsite.

  • Trails 

A short drive, bike ride or walk around the corner of Wolfe’s Neck Road will take you to the 3+ miles of forested and waterfront hiking trails. The trails are easy for all ages and abilities and are open to the public year-round. If you need even more trails, Wolfe Neck Woods State Park is just down the road and has even more trails.

Here’s what you need to know to plan a camping trip to Wolfe’s Neck State Farm and Oceanfront Campground near Freeport, Maine.

  • Biking 

In true Maine fashion, L.L.Bean bicycles are available for rent to ride around the surrounding country and camp roads. Book ahead of time to secure your Wolfe Neck bike rentals from May through October for children and adults. Full day rentals are $25 each.

  • Paddling 

Kayak and canoe rentals are available for launch until approximately three hours before high tide and must be returned no later than three hours after high tide. Check their website for a tide chart and more information on booking ahead of time. You can certainly give last minute booking a shot but it won’t be guaranteed.

Solo kayaks and canoes are $30 per tidal cycle, while tandem kayaks are $50 per tidal cycle.

  • Farm Activities 

Wolfe’s Neck Center for Agriculture and the Environment hosts workshops, and events all year round. To see what’s currently going on at the farm center check the Wolfe Neck Center’s calendar on the website. I’m looking forward to checking out their herb workshop in 2019!

How to Make Camping Reservations for Wolfe’s Neck Oceanfront Campground

Booking your site is easy to do online and in advance, which I highly recommend for those planning a camping trip during the high season or want to book cabins during the winter. There are over 130 pet-friendly campsites at Wolfe’s Neck Oceanfront Campground, including a hike-in area that is tents-only, sites with electric/water hookups, and three oceanfront cabins available for reservations.

Here’s what you need to know to plan a camping trip to Wolfe’s Neck State Farm and Oceanfront Campground near Freeport, Maine.

  • In season reservations:

You can book your spot by logging onto their website or calling (207) 865-9307.

Depending on availability things may change, so be sure to make your reservations in advance.

Here’s what you need to know to plan a camping trip to Wolfe’s Neck State Farm and Oceanfront Campground near Freeport, Maine.

  • Offseason camping:

For regular campsites (not cabins) you won’t need to make a reservation. Stop off at the camp office where you’ll be able to pick a form and drop off the $25 fee + tax (it comes out to $27.50) in a box outside of the office. Simply fill it out and include the payment, cash, check or written CC info and slip it inside.

How to Choose a Campsite at Wolfe’s Neck Oceanfront Campground

The campgrounds are divided into four areas: East Bay, Middle Bay, West Bay, and Quiet Cove.

Here’s what you need to know to plan a camping trip to Wolfe’s Neck State Farm and Oceanfront Campground near Freeport, Maine.

Here’s a quick summary to help you choose which one is right for you:

  • East Bay Campground

The East Bay is known as the area for “Camper Convenience” and is certainly not intended for those looking to rough it for the night. There’s easy access to the Farm and Camp Store, in addition to the Farm Café in case you need a bite to eat.

Other amenities include:

  • RV water and electric hookups
  • Private tent sites
  • Three oceanfront cabins
  • Easy access to the trailhead
  • Wi-Fi Hotspot
  • Firepits
  • Picnic table
  • Middle Bay Campground

We stayed here at campsite 320 on the point with a breathtaking view of the bay. This is a tent-only campground with not too much privacy between sites and is accessible by car. I highly recommend it.

Amenities include:

  • Firepit
  • Picnic Table
  • Easy access to beach and boat launch
  • Outhouse for campers
  • Easy access to the trailhead

Here’s what you need to know to plan a camping trip to Wolfe’s Neck State Farm and Oceanfront Campground near Freeport, Maine.

  • West Bay Campground

The wide open grassy areas, recreational areas and panoramic views of the farm and bay make West Bay ideal for families. During the day you can even catch the farmers at work in organic vegetable gardens.

Amenities include:

  • A shower building with flushing toilets
  • RVs allowed but no hookups
  • Easy access to the trailhead
  • Easy access to boat launch
  • Firepit
  • Picnic table
  • Quiet Cove Campground

This walk-in and tent-only section is a haven for campers who want a peaceful retreat in a natural setting. It’s located along the tidal estuary campers all agree to keep noises low and lights dimmed. Garden carts are available for carrying in and out.

Amenities include:

  • Firepit
  • Picnic table
  • No vehicles
  • Hammock included at every site
  • Outhouse for campers

How to Prepare for a Trip to Wolfe’s Neck Oceanfront Campground

Wolfe’s Neck Oceanfront Campground is an easy place to visit and to fall in love with thanks to the beautiful setting, the accessibility, and ease. There isn’t much you’ll need to prep for besides crossing off your usual car camping checklist in advance. However, it’s always good to cover your bases and be over-prepared, here are a few key things to think about before you go.

Here’s what you need to know to plan a camping trip to Wolfe’s Neck State Farm and Oceanfront Campground near Freeport, Maine.

  • Food

Luckily there are food stores 10-15 minutes away from your campsite and in the summer campers have the added bonus of a camp store nearby. In case you need something in a pinch, the Bowstreet Market is on your way to the campground, so make a stop before you check in.

  • Firewood

Nearly all of the campsites have fire pits so don’t forget your firewood. As it goes in Maine and everywhere else, campers are not allowed to bring firewood from out of state. This runs the risk of spreading invasive insect species that can do serious environmental damage, so purchase firewood locally. As you drive down Flying Point Road there are signs for firewood along the way.

  • Weather conditions 

The weather at Wolfe’s Neck Oceanfront Campground isn’t likely to be much of a threat unless there is a storm. If you are camping out on an oceanfront site as we did, you’ll be exposed to some pretty chilly winds at night. Our trip in October was exactly that and I was glad to have warm layers, socks, a hat and gloves for the night.

Got any questions, inside advice or thoughts on camping at Wolfe Neck State Park in Maine? Leave a comment below!

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Katherine Oakes is an outdoor travel, sustainability writer and yoga teacher. As an avid hiker, skier, yogi (namaste) and aspiring environmentalist, her best days are spent getting a little dirt under her fingernails and fresh air in her lungs.

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