I spent a sunny, glorious Sunday at Cobscook Bay State Park in Edmunds, Maine. As their brochure says, it’s “ideal for the camper seeking solitude and beautiful scenery.”
With 888 acres to explore, there is no shortage of hikes to take, beaches to comb and rocks to climb.
Cobscook Bay State Park is home to over 200 species of birds, including the American Bald Eagle.
The camp sites are very private and secluded and they allow tents, campers and even have five Adirondack shelters for rent.
While out walking the miles of trails and gravel roads past meadows, through forests, and along the shore, I encountered a camper, Todd, who was spending the weekend at the park with his wife and two daughters. Todd explained he grew up in the area and now lives in Orono but he returns to Cobscook Bay State Park to relax with his family.
As Todd put it, Cobscook State Park is “the best kept secret in salt water camping.” He pointed out where all campers can, at no cost, dig for soft shell clams at a beach located on the grounds. One peck of clams is allowed per person (and that’s a lot of clams).
Todd went on to say that there are very few campgrounds right on the ocean and Cobscook is one of the best.
Cobscook State Park is open for camping from May 15 through October 15. Day passes are available at a cost of $3 per person. Renting a campsite will cost Maine residents $15 per night and non-residents can expect to pay $26 per night. Dogs are allowed provided they are kept on a 4 foot leash.
The park is impressive in its beauty and its desire to allow campers their privacy.
Fresh water, bathrooms and showers are available; they are abundant and well placed throughout the park.
There’s also a playground for children and the park has volleyballs, horseshoes and other games on hand for campers to use.
The park is serene, well kept, and impressive. Without a doubt, Cobscook Bay State Park is the best kept secret in salt water camping.
You can make reservations on line: www.campwithme.com or by calling 207-726-4412.