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!
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.
The brewery is housed in a converted chicken barn.
Please visit their website for further information.
Mon thru Friday: 3 to 5pm
Saturdays: 12:30 to 5:30pm
Approx. 2.7 miles west of the campground off Route 2
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 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.
The Skowhegan Indian is the World's Tallest Statue of an American Indian. It is 62 feet tall on a 20 foot base. Built in 1969 by Maine artist Bernard Langlais and restored in September 2014.
Located in Skowhegan at the corner of High Street and Madison Ave (Route 201), behind the Cumberland Farms.
Approx.10 miles from the campground.
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!
Dates are: August 11th to 20th, 2016
Follow along with their website.
Located approx. 11 miles west of the campground, off Route 201 North in Skowhegan.
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
If your at camp over the weekend, be sure to check out this great craft beer brewer! Located in Skowhegan, it is located on the outskirts of town and will require some back roads driving, but well worth it. They are only open on Fridays and Saturdays, and offer beer on tap, growlers and gifts for purchase and their wood fired pizza on Fridays are awesome!
Fridays: 3 to 8pm (Wood Fired Pizza on Fridays only)
Saturdays: 12 to 5pm
Approx. 13 miles from camp / 20-25 minutes
Located on the western shores of Lake Wesserunsett in Madison, The Lakewood Theater is heading into their 116th season. Come have dinner and checkout a show. We offer comedies, musicals dramas and kids shows.
Please check out our website for all kinds of information on shows, dinner menus, tickets, etc.
Open: Mid May thru Mid September
Approx. 16 miles from the campground, located off Route 201, just north of Skowhegan / 24 minutes
The wire suspension bridge spanning the Carrabassett River is a unique structure. Originally built in the 1800's and renovated in 1961, it is the only one of four such bridges still standing in Maine. The distance between the two towers is 198 feet. This is a great stop on your day trip to Rangeley or Sugarloaf Mountain!
Approx. 44 miles / a little more than an hour, from the campground.
Just a half mile from Route 146 & Route 27 in New Portland.
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.
Are you up for a great, short hike to a beautiful waterfall? Moxie Falls, located in The Forks is a 90' waterfall, one of the tallest single drops in the State of Maine. The hike from the parking lot is just over a 1/2 mile to the falls, with a few ups and downs (all on a marked trail). Some of the steeper areas have wooden stairs. The hike down to the base of the falls can be a little more difficult. Please see the attached webpage link from Maine Trail Finder.com for details on the hike!
Approximately 58 miles / 1.25 hours from the campground, off Route 201 North.
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.
Opened in 1989 by industrialist and philanthropist Galen Cole, the museum features an assortment of vintage automobiles, horse drawn wagons, motorcycles & bicycles and a locomotive. They also have fire trucks, snowplows, snowmobiles, farm equipment and an outside display of World War II and Vietnam era military vehicles.
Open May 1 thru Nov. 11 from 9 am to 5 pm / 7 days a week.
Please follow on Facebook or check their website for further information. Be sure to check their "Events" under the "News" tab on their website for upcoming events!
Approximately 42 miles / 45 min. from the campground.
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.
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!
In January 1963, a military B52 Stratofortress on a routine training mission out of Westover Air Force Base in Massachusetts, crashed on Elephant Mountain just NE of Greenville Maine. All but two crewmembers perished in the crash. This crashsite has been preserved by the people of Greenville in honor of th
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.
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.
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.
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 wildlife…the 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!
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.
Located in Hinckley. Here you will find a natural history collection, mounted bird specimens, Indian artifacts, farm equipment, and other items relating to Maine's rural pioneers. Also located here are walking trails. Saturday seminars for children are given. http://www.gwh.org/html/lcbatesmuseum.htm
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
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.
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
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.
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
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. 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.
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.
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?
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!
People ask, what do you have to eat in Canaan? The answer is...not a lot. We have two places that offer pizza and sandwiches and we have a Dunkin Donuts. But head into Skowhegan and we have some pretty good choices.
Be sure to check out some of the following:
The Whit's End Grill and Bar, The Old Mill Pub (and it's dine on porch overlooking the Kennebec River), The Heritage House, Ken's Family Restaurant and Alice's! Need a quick lunch, check out Al's Pizza and the Snack Shack. Maybe just a treat, don't forget Gifford's Ice Cream (made right here in Skowhegan) or the Bankery for some fresh baked goods!
Be sure to ask the Staff at the front desk, we can guide you to many other options in surrounding towns.