Local Area Attractions
Our campground is a Great location to set up base camp and plan daily excursions to many places that Central Maine has to see and do. Some items listed are "local" and others will require some traveling. Local items are listed 1st in the list. We have tried to include travel times and distances to the attractions listed to help assist you in your family's vacation planning!
Oak Pond Brewery, Skowhegan
Oakpond Brewery opened in 1996 as the first brewery in 115 years in Skowhegan, Maine. There are six beers always on tap including special seasonal brews. They have a retail shop and conduct tours.
Hours: Monday thru Friday 3:00 pm to 5:30 pm and Saturdays 12:30 pm to 5:30 pm.
The brewery is housed in a converted chicken barn and located approx. 2.7 miles west of the campground off Route 2.
Please visit their website for further information.
Lake George Regional Park
Lake George Regional Park is a day use lakeside park owned by the State of Maine. It is the only waterside park in 30 miles that incorporates lake use with 320 acres of surrounding land for swimming, boating, fishing, hiking and family & group picnicking and activities. There is a public boat launch available. Day use fees may apply.
Located approx. 2.7 miles west of the campground off Route 2.
Please visit their website for further information.
Coburn Park, Skowhegan
Coburn Park is a short walk from downtown Skowhegan. Twelve and one half acres located on the bend of the Kennebec River. At the present time you will find over 200 species of trees growing along with many beautiful flowers and shrubs. A beautiful place to enjoy a family picnic or just enjoy a summer stroll.
The park can be reserved for weddings and other uses.
Check their website for summer music concerts in the park.
Located approx. 9 miles west of the campground on the left side of Route 2, just before you enter downtown Skowhegan.
Skowhegan State Fair
The Nations Oldest Consecutively Running Agriculture Fair
Ten days of Demolition Derbies, Truck and Tractor Pulls, Harness Racing, Bands, Bingo, 4-H Exhibits, Crafts, Shows, Food, Live Stock, "Action" Events .......And the list goes on!
Usually runs the 2nd week of August....we will update when the 2015 Schedule is available.
Follow along with their website.
Located approx. 11 miles west of the campground, off Route 201 North in Skowhegan.
Skowhegan Walking Bridge
The once railroad bridge was converted to a walking bridge. Spectacular views! Photo!
Skowhegan Swinging Bridge
The swinging bridge spans the south channel of the Kennebec River from Skowhegan Island to Alder Street. Benedict Arnold Park is next to this bridge.
Skowhegan Drive-In Theater
Check out the movie schedule on the computer. Skowhegan
New Balance Factory & Outlet Store
New Balance shoes are manufactured right here in Skowhegan, ME. Stop in to their factory outlet center and buy yourself a pair or two at discounted prices. Follow along on the events page and watch for the annual tent sale in August.
Hours: Monday thru Saturday 9:00am to 6:00pm and Sundays 11:00am to 5:00pm
World's Tallest Wooden Indian
The single wire suspension bridge spanning the Carrabassett River is a unique structure. The span between towers is 198 ft. This is one of the oldest bridges. New Portland
Ken's Family Bowling Center
Fairfield Antiques Mall, Fairfield
Maine's Largest Antiques Group Shop!
Open seven days a week. 8:30 am to 5 pm.
They have 3 HUGE Sales a year, so please check their website often for details.
Located approx. 12 miles / 20 minute drive from the campground. If traveling North on Route 95, take Exit 133 and you will pass them on Route 201 (on the right) on the way to the KOA.
The Forks and Moxie Gorge
Moxie Falls: The highest falls in the northeast. 1 ½ miles round trip loop. Hike through woods and on marked trails. We also have a list of several other beautiful water falls.
Stephen Kings House, Bangor
Located approx. 1 hr / 43 miles from the campground this is a great photo op for those Stephen King fans. Built in the mid nineteenth century, 1858, the King family purchased this home in 1980. It became their primary residence when not wintering in Florida.
Acadia National Park
People have been drawn to the rugged coast of Maine throughout history. Awed by its beauty and diversity, early 20th-century visionaries donated the land that became Acadia National Park. The park is home to many plants and animals, and the tallest mountain on the U.S. Atlantic coast. Today visitors come to Acadia to hike granite peaks, bike historic carriage roads, or relax and enjoy the scenery.
LLBean and many outlet stores - Shop, Play and Dine!
Easy drive to Freeport!
Maine Rocky Coastline (Belfast and Camden Area Lighthouses)
Maine has 63 lighthouses with one located inland. Maine also has 3,478 beautiful miles of coastline and 2,000 islands.
Benedict Arnold Trail
Route 201 - a beautiful ride! Arnold's Landing is the site of Benedict Arnold's camp in Solon.
Scenic Moose Routes
Scenic Moose Route
We have a hand out list! Look for moose out on our trails, too!
Moosehead Lake (boat, plane and jeep rides)
The S/S Katahdin, a restored 1914 steamboat ferries passengers around the lake in summer months. Great way of seeing MOOSE!
Moosehead Marine Museum
The Museum offers a collection of photographs and memorabilia from the lake's steamboat history.
White water rafting is available on the Kennebec and Dead Rivers. The Kennebec River is famous for its remote wilderness setting, consistent summer long flows and big roller coaster waves. The Dead River's spring runoff and heavy water releases make for the best big whitewater in New England. We are the closest KOA to the Rafting Rivers. Call Skowhegan/Canaan KOA for rafting discount details. We can make all your arrangements for you!
Crash Site of the B 52
Gravel Roads pass by the crash site making it a short 400 yard hike to view the wreckage remains of this B-52 still on the side of Elephant Mountain. The vertical stabilizer came off the plane falling to the ground 1.5 miles from where the plane impacted the mountain side. Look for the yellow B-52 Bomber Crash signs.
DEW Animal Kingdom & Sanctuary, Mount Vernon
This sanctuary has been featured on Animal Planet as "Yankee Jungle". It is a rustic, working farm that cares for wildlife from all over the world. They have the most number of exotic cats found in New England.
Open for tours May 1st thru Oct. 12th. Call or check their website for exact times and details or follow them on Facebook.
They are approx. 46 miles / 1 hour from the campground.
Old Fort Western
Experience a National Historic Landmark. Old Fort Western is America's oldest surviving wooden fort - a reminder of the great contest of cultures that dominated New England life 250 years ago. This attraction includes military, store-keeping and household history on the Kennebec River in Augusta Maine.
Maine State Museum
The Museum presents exhibits of Maine's natural environment, prehistory, social history, and manufacturing heritage. This is one of the outstanding reasons to visit Maine. Museum hours are: Sunday and Monday - closed; Tuesday - Friday 9:00 to 5:00; Saturday - 10:00 to 4:00. Closed all State Holidays. There is a small admission, but no cost for students and education groups. For information, call: (207) 287-2301. Located at the state house complex, State Street, Augusta, Maine.
Spectacular Autumn Colors
Appreciate Mother Nature as she puts on a display of color unlike any place else on earth in central and northern Maine. A perfect time to take a drive on the Old Canada Scenic Byway (Rt 201), Fall in Maine offers spectacular vistas and a chance to spot Maine's signature wildlifethe moose! Fall in Maine is also the time of the year to enjoy the Agricultural Fairs and the Harvest/Cultural Festivals along with hiking and biking!
We have the Local and State Listings.
Penobscot Narrows Observatory And Historic Fort Knox
Maine's most visited historic site. See the stunning example of military architecture and master stonework. You can see 100 miles from the 42 story high Observatory. Open daily May through October.
Acadia National Park/Bar Harbor - Penobscot Marine Museum
Located in Searsport. Eight historic buildings house one of New England's finest collections of furnishings, artifacts, ship models, paintings and small craft, presenting a fascinating story of people and places whose 19th-century lives and fortunes rose and fell with the sea. The Museum offers visitors, young and old, a wonderful opportunity to learn more about Maine's rich maritime heritage. This museum i open from Memorial Day weekend through October 15. Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 12 to 5 p.m. Rail and Penobscot Bay trips.
Cole Land Transportation Museum
Displays over 200 vehicles ranging from antique baby carriages to a locomotive and RR station; horse drawn logging sleds and logging trucks; wagons and sleighs; vintage cars and trucks; snowplows; firetrucks; 2000 early Maine photographs. Each piece described. An educational experience for the entire family. It is open every day 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 1 through November 11. Bangor
L.C. Bates Museum
Located in Hinckley. Here you will find a natural history collection, mounted bird specimens, Indian artifacts, farm equipment, and other items relating to Maines rural pioneers. Also located here are walking trails. Saturday seminars for children are given. http://www.gwh.org/html/lcbatesmuseum.htm
Margaret Chase Smith Library and Center
Here is where President Eisenhower grilled his own t-bone steak. It is a museum and research center with political artifacts and memorabilia. Open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Skowhegan
L.L. Bean Flagship Store, Freeport
Most of us know what L.L. Bean is, but have you ever visited their 220,000 square foot, flagship retail store? Located in Freeport (so its not exactly local) approx. 78 miles / 1hr - 20 min drive. Open 24 hours/ day and 365 days/ year, this makes it a great rainy day shopping spree or the I can't sleep (so lets go at 2 am) trip. While your in town, check out some of the other great outlet stores that Freeport has, such as The Patagonia Outlet, The North Face and Gap Outlet.
World's Foremost Outfitter. The Scarborough store offers 130,000 sq ft of camping, hunting, fishing and other outdoor supplies along with an aquarium and trophy animals displayed in their natural habitats.
This is definitely NOT a local attraction but if your on your way to or maybe heading home from the campground, be sure to stop and check it out.
Approx. 100 miles (south) / 1 hr - 40 min. from the campground or 26 miles (south) / 30 min. from Freeport / LL Bean.
Check out their website for further information.
Colby College Art Museum
The Colby College Museum of Art, founded in 1959, has an outstanding permanent collection of 18th-, 19th- and 20th-century American art. The museum also has an active temporary exhibition program, gallery talks, lectures, and receptions, all open to the public free of charge. Tours of the museum and special exhibitions are available weekdays for groups by appointment. It is open from 10 a.m .to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and on Sunday from 2 to 4:30 p.m. There is no admission fee. Waterville
Blacksmith Shop Museum
This Museum is built on one of the first deeded pieces of properties of the early town of Foxcroft, when its inhabitants numbered only ten. This "old smithy shop" is one of the few remaining and perhaps the only one in the State of Maine which can proudly display much of its original equipment.
Maine State Prison Showcase
Beautiful handmade wooden products! The Showcase features furniture, novelty items of a nautical nature and ship models all handmade by inmates. Well worth going! Thomaston
Fort Halifax, Winslow
Blockhouse was the oldest in the United States before the April flood in 1987. Reconstructed blockhouse includes many original timbers still on Fort's original site.
Pittsfield Train Depot Museum
This museum features Civil War, railroad and Lance House Hotel memorabilia.
Lindbergh Crate Museum
This museum offers a unique experience in the little town of Canaan. (Weekends only) Can call for appointments.
Enjoy the ½ mile hiking trail with a pretty view up to the fire tower in Canaan.
We're just down the road to the Kennebec River, Lake George Regional Park & Sibley Pond for excellent trout and bass fishing. Bait is sold right in town and you can get a fishing license here at the campground. Maine has the largest wild native brook trout population in the country and more miles of native trout water than any other state in the country. The Rapid River has some of the largest wild river brook trout found anywhere south of Labrador. Maine is the only state outside of Alaska with landlocked Arctic Charr and leads the country with 160 water managed for landlocked salmon. There is FREE fishing in the state of Maine every year. May 31 and June 1, 2014.
Besides on our campground there are area family trails connecting communities (Pittsfield/Newport/Detroit) and (Hartland/Palmyra/St Albans) for walking, bicycling, canoeing, kayaking, bird watching parks, fishing, parks, tennis.
Horse Back Riding
Nag A Bon Acres Please call ahead for reservations. 207-296-3300 Stetson
Skowhegan Saturday 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Potatoes rank 3rd in acreage and 3rd in production nationally.
Lobsters & Moose Burgers!
Check out our restaurant book with the many choices of your favorite kinds of food! Eat out, bring in or buy to take it home! We'll give you the directions on cooking your lobster at your site but also on how to eat a lobster for you 1st timers! Mmmm!
We have major chains nearby: Dunkin Donuts, McDonalds, Burger King, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Taco Bell, Subway and Pizza Hut. We also have many hometown restaurants that we can recommend. How about a dinner show over at the Lakewood Summer Theater?
MAINE - Home of the Wild OnesWild Blueberries!
GET YOUR DAILY DOSE OF BLUE by picking blueberries in season out on our trails. So delicious, so easy and so good for you! Ask for our recipes. Maine is America's largest growing state producing 98% of the low bush blueberries. We also have black raspberries for the picking in season.
Shopping! Did you say Shopping?!
Yes we have many stores near by whether it be in the Town of Canaan where you will find the Superette and Canaan One Stop stores with both having gas if you need a fill up and food take out. You'll also find a Duncan Donuts, Canaan Family Restaurant and a Post Office. Wal-Mart's located in Skowhegan, Newport and Waterville having the 2nd largest store in the State of Maine! Wow! Relax with a day of walking exploring the quaint downtown of Skowhegan for the great shopping, antiquing and fine dining!
Assistance with sightseeing available
Please ask for our self-guided tour information.
They will come to pick you up & return. Nearby Skowhegan 198 Madison Ave 207-474-8786 OR Waterville 270 Kennedy Memorial Drive 207-877-6601.