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Old 08-27-2006, 11:30 AM   #1
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Has anyone found places to boondock in New England?

I see absolutely no threads here, which is disheartening! Don't know whether it's because this is a new forum, that New Englanders just don't go boondocking or that there aren't any places to go around the northeast. It's hard to believe, but who knows??

So, if you have found any gems, I'd love to hear about them!
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Old 08-27-2006, 11:45 AM   #2
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New England has lots of people and little open public space. Some large land owners have closed access because of liabilty concerns and abused by people with ATV's and off road bikes. People who know of places keep them to themselves. Much better pickings out west with alot of open public use areas. Check with the large lumber companies in northern Maine. They have some camping areas, may or may not be still available to the public.
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Old 08-27-2006, 12:21 PM   #3
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I see absolutely no threads here, which is disheartening! Don't know whether it's because this is a new forum, that New Englanders just don't go boondocking or that there aren't any places to go around the northeast. It's hard to believe, but who knows??

So, if you have found any gems, I'd love to hear about them!
This is also a disappointment to us. As Over59 says there are many people and few public lands here in New England. I'd love a "wilderness" camping experience where we felt we were the only ones around for miles. But I have not found this magic place (yet) anywhere near our home - meaning within a couple hours drive from New Boston, NH.

BTW, I'm the New England Unit Membership Chairperson for the Wally Byam Caravan Club International (WBCCI) - you know, the "Airstream Club". Let me know if you'd like any information about our club. Also check the Region 1 Rally thread here on the forums. It will give you a good idea what the New England Unit is all about - It's just fun and camping for our Unit!
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Old 08-28-2006, 07:24 AM   #4
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We found a ton of places in Maine , mostly from Bangor to Calais off rte. 9 . This is paper company land . If you get a Maine Atlas and Gazetteer by DeLorme it will have a simble for primitive campsite , most of which are on lakes ponds and streams. The only requirment is that you go to the nearest ranger station and post on the map where you will be , this is mainly for fire control . We spent a week hopping from lake to lake and had the best time ever . Most times we were the only ones on the whole lake .The only down side is that most of this is on gravel roads and you will have to share them with logging trucks .Not the best conditions for a shiny AS , but many are not far off the pavement . If you are brave enough to try it you will find places you didn't think existed any more.
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We found a ton of places in Maine , mostly from Bangor to Calais off rte. 9 . This is paper company land . If you get a Maine Atlas and Gazetteer by DeLorme it will have a simble for primitive campsite , most of which are on lakes ponds and streams. The only requirment is that you go to the nearest ranger station and post on the map where you will be , this is mainly for fire control . We spent a week hopping from lake to lake and had the best time ever . Most times we were the only ones on the whole lake .The only down side is that most of this is on gravel roads and you will have to share them with logging trucks .Not the best conditions for a shiny AS , but many are not far off the pavement . If you are brave enough to try it you will find places you didn't think existed any more.
Agreed, I have done some camping on paper company land...although it was in my PAS days (Pre AirStream Days).
Although not really "boondocking" many of the NF sites are remote, beautiful, quiet, and many got almost no traffic. Check out the RT 113 are in NH.
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Thanks for the info - I appreciate it. And it makes sense why there is so little public land here - not like out west. Of course, that is my real dream - to travel out there again. The southwest has always been one of my favorite areas. It just that it takes a bit to drive out there and then have time to visit. My husband and I are still working, so to get the 2 weeks at least to do that is difficult. But I can dream about it!!!
In the meantime there are very nice campgrounds around here and I will have to be satisfied with that for a while. And maybe we will be brave enough, as ticki2 says, to try some of those remote spots in northern Maine!...
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Check out the national park areas up around Mt. Washington in NH, particularly through Pinkham Notch. We were up there several years ago, and while we did not choose to stay there, there were options at some of the parks.

There is very little even in the greater Boston area for campgrounds, let alone boondocking. You may need to head further north, Maine included (check out Moose Lake and Moose River areas).
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Hey. I'm looking to. There has to be some gems in the Adirondack's. I seem to remember some RV's parked along the access road to John Brooks back country lodge off of the Adirondack Loj road near Lake Placid. We tent camped for 20 years at the Adirondack Loj wilderness camp ground. Got the AS after a perticularly bad night in a leaky tent 2 years ago. Were heading up that way the day after labor day and plan to check out the road again.
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We found a ton of places in Maine , mostly from Bangor to Calais off rte. 9 . This is paper company land . If you get a Maine Atlas and Gazetteer by DeLorme it will have a simble for primitive campsite , most of which are on lakes ponds and streams. The only requirment is that you go to the nearest ranger station and post on the map where you will be , this is mainly for fire control . We spent a week hopping from lake to lake and had the best time ever . Most times we were the only ones on the whole lake .The only down side is that most of this is on gravel roads and you will have to share them with logging trucks .Not the best conditions for a shiny AS , but many are not far off the pavement . If you are brave enough to try it you will find places you didn't think existed any more.
Township 2, Range 9 in Maine. Not enough people to have towns in this area. That's where Leon hunts every year for deer - don't worry Bambi lovers he has not gotten anything for about 15 years, it's really moose country there, the coyotes take care of any excess deer that may be around.

But, even with a poor hunt we love the area. It's out there! To get to the hunting camp we need to travel 12 miles of old logging roads and you will *never* find me on them with my Airstream. Talk about dimples on a golfball! I'm sure the entire front of our rig would look like the surface of the moon after a just a few miles..... I'll take the truck and a tent for these type of adventures. My boondocking dream is to find a wilderness experience that does not cause me to add character to the exterior of "The Tube".
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Hey. I'm looking to. There has to be some gems in the Adirondack's. I seem to remember some RV's parked along the access road to John Brooks back country lodge off of the Adirondack Loj road near Lake Placid. We tent camped for 20 years at the Adirondack Loj wilderness camp ground. Got the AS after a perticularly bad night in a leaky tent 2 years ago. Were heading up that way the day after labor day and plan to check out the road again.
If you're heading to the Adirondack's, check out the Cranberry Lake area. It's been 100 years since I was there, but the time of year you are heading there will likely be beautiful. Bring a canoe or something!
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Old 11-21-2006, 02:55 PM   #11
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Boondocking locations

Hi There:
Overnight parking is available at many of the Wal Marts, Loew's B.J's
and Sam's Clubs.

I was talking with a fellow last summer, who indicated that he did
a lot of boondocking in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. He was
going to sent me his list, but I never got it.

The EastCoast RVing_Traveling group has a combination of the national
forests, Wal Marts, Sam's Club some Lowe's plus .

You can reach is by

Http://autos.group.yahoo.com/groups/EastCoastRVing_Traveling
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What are the locations of those sites in Maine?
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Old 11-22-2006, 05:30 PM   #13
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What are the locations of those sites in Maine?
They are pretty much scattered in the northern and eastern part of the state . If you can find or send for a ( The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer ) by DeLORME publishing , they are shown in there . Look in the front for the symbol for " primitive campsite " . Great book , shows all the back roads and trails . Good luck
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They are pretty much scattered in the northern and eastern part of the state . If you can find or send for a ( The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer ) by DeLORME publishing , they are shown in there . Look in the front for the symbol for " primitive campsite " . Great book , shows all the back roads and trails . Good luck
Tiki2,

I have my DeLorme Atlas, can you give me those lakes you hoped to and from in Map #'s?
Like Michelle I need to do "THE WILD THING" every now and then I I was looking at some lake and campgrounds in Jackman. ME (Map 39) and found some small campgrounds with power and all. Not as far out as the primatives, but I see no roads to those. We'd never get the AS out there.

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