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Hermit Island is a small peninsula -- nearly an island -- in Maine.

Understand

Hermit Island is a campground located in Small Point, Maine. The camground has many features and amenities including, eight private white sand beaches, a full boating marina, four hiking trails, and many campsites. The white sand beaches are natural, and since no visitors are allowed into the camground, they often have no people on them. The sands sparkle and the water is warm, making the beaches a great place to swim, sunbathe, or just relax. The beaches are Head Beach, Sand Dune Beach, West Dune Beach, Lagoon Beach, Spring Beach, Sailboat Beach, Bounty Cove Beach, and Sand Dollar Beach. Most are accessible by car, but Spring Beach is only accessible on foot. The beaches also have many tidepools to explore. Hermit Island also has a full boating marina, located on the northern part of the island. The marina rents out rowboats, canoes, and moorings for people coming in by boat. The island also has a Yankee boat, which takes campers on nature and sunset tours daily on Casco Bay. This, and a boat ramp, are located at a dock on Harbor Grove. The waters of Casco Bay and The Branch are also perfect for fishing, especially for lobster. The island also has four hiking trails which wind across the island. The red trail goes right along the coast with astounding views while the white, orange, and blue trails wind through the forest which is full of animal and bird life. The campsites on the island are located on the southern part of the island, with forest on the northern part. Campsites are split into four groups, ocean prime, prime, choice, and value. Ocean prime sights are either right on the beach or have astounding views of Casco Bay. Prime sites normally have great views, choice sights normally have partial ocean views or a short walk to the beach, and value sights are buggy and in the middle of the woods. Hermit Island's main hall is the Kelp Shed, located at the entrance to the island. The Kelp Shed has the check in desk, a snack bar/restaurant, a game room, live entertainment weekly, a large stone fireplace, a volleyball net, and ping pong tables, and it is also the place to sign up for various island activities. You can also apply for a permit to go clam fishing in the bay in front of the Kelp Shed. The store is located next to the Kelp Shed, and provides campers with necessities, food, groceries, supplies, firewood, ice, and fresh seafood including clams, steamers, and live lobsters. The gift shop is located behind the store and sells postcards, tee shirts, and other various gifts. There is also a small laundry room under the gift shop with dryers only. For more information on anything about Hermit Island, visit the island website at: www.hermitisland.com. Overall, Hermit Island is any campers paradise.

Get in

From I-295 in Brunswick take U81, then Route 209 and 216 to Hermit Island. To get to the island, you will drive across a sandbar from Small Point village in Phippsburg.

Get around

Even though Hermit Island is not huge, a bicycle is a must for campers. Most campers get around by bike, as cars are a hassle due to the small and narrow island roads. Also, be sure to bring in hiking shoes because the island roads and trails are a great place for walking or hiking.

See

  • Maine is a beautiful state and there is plenty of the great outdoors to go around. Enjoy the beautiful island and explore all the beaches, nooks, and crannies.
  • A trip to historic Bath, located only a few minutes away, is worth the trip.

Do

  • Cook a Lobster, bring a large pot for cooking lobsters; a fireplace grill of any size is always a help in a loose-rock fireplace.
  • Hike, along narrow green lanes, over the rocky shoreline, or along moss covered forest floors.
  • Canoe or Kayak, bring your own boat and enjoy the serenity of Casco Bay.
  • The Kelp Shed, play a game of volleyball, read a book, or play some ping-pong, pool, or arcade games in the camp's lodge.
  • Swim, the eight white sand beaches and warm water make Hermit Island a great place for beach goers and swimming

Eat

  • Lobster and Clams well-priced, alive, and fresh, caught from a location only minutes away, are available for purchase at the campground grocery store.
  • The Kelp Shed, located at the entrance to the camping area, is the general service center for Hermit Island. The Shed serves lunches and light dinners (such as grilled cheese, hamburgers, and sandwhices) for a reasonable price. These are served at the snack bar, located in the back of the Kelp Shed. The snack bar also serves ice-cream, and is open seasonally.

Drink

The campground grocery store has an assortment of soft drinks and bottled water. Drinks can also be pruchased at the Kelp Shed's snack bar, located inside the Kelp Shed.

Sleep

  • Hermit Island Campground, 6 Hermit Island Road, Phippsburg (Mail: 42 Front Street Bath, ME 04530), Phone: +1 207 443-2101, [1]. Prices for campsites range from $32 a night for a value site to $50 for an Ocean Prime site.

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