Our trip to Maine took us to Moorings Oceanfront RV Resort in Belfast, ME. We spent two weeks at this campground, and enjoyed every day there. We arrived in the evening and were given our parking assignment located near the top of the campground. We had one of the “oceanview” sites overlooking Penobscot Bay. While technically accurate, our view of the ocean was obstructed by other RVs and trees. Even so, we thought the views were a treat, and were enhanced with the buoy bells ringing in the distance.
We were a little surprised when we arrived that the price for our stay would be higher than we were quoted over the phone. It seemed that the person who booked us incorrectly quoted us last years rate and gave us the Escapees discount, which they no longer honor. They did accommodate us with the escapees discount, but on the current rate. We appreciate that they did their best to make up for the miscommunication, but would have preferred they called us before our arrival to clear it up.
The campground itself has around 35 camping sites and plenty of open grassy area. They also have restrooms, showers, laundry, and a small play area for children. The greatest amenity is access to their private beach. Depending on the tide there could be ample room along the sometimes very rocky shore. Anyone bringing their own kayaks or canoes can launch right from this beach. They have quite a few people staying for the season, but we also saw many campers coming and going during our stay. We definitely saw the appeal to a long term stay in the Belfast area. Generally the campground was quiet, and other campers were very friendly. A happy hour was organized every Friday and had donuts in the office on Sundays.
The sites are gravel and mostly feature only electric and water. A handful of sites offer sewer connections, otherwise they have a mobile sewer service twice weekly. Our spot was on the hillside and slightly difficult to back into when we arrived because of the slope. Once in, we also had quite a bit of work to do to get the trailer level. Since our spot was water and electric only they came around on Mondays and Thursdays with the “Honey Wagon” to dump our tanks. Although we felt guilty someone else had to deal with the black water, it turned out to be pretty nice that it was one less thing we had to think about. When talking with one of the work campers, we learned that they will be redoing the grounds before next year and all spaces will feature sewer when complete.
Speaking of the staff, they treated us well from the beginning. They made sure we comfortable, even stopping by to ask how the internet connection was working and bring our mail to us. I already mentioned the work they do with dumping the tanks, but it is worth repeating how much that is appreciated. On our way out they even noticed I was about to pull out our small air compressor to fill the tires and offered to bring out their larger one instead.
We thought the location of this campground was ideal, even though it was an hour and a half to Acadia National Park, the primary reason we made the trip to Maine. The drive to Acadia is not bad, and we did it twice. Moorings offered a good value compared to the very expensive campgrounds located near the park. While it was still in the upper bounds of our budget, we found the price of admission to this RV park well worth it. Belfast is a great town with plenty to see and do. The other towns nearby are worth visiting as well. We made stops in Camden and Rockland. If we had more time, we would have certainly done much more exploring in the area.
We certainly recommend Moorings Oceanfront RV resort. We only regret that we didn’t stay longer! If you plan on staying at this campground, book early to secure an oceanfront site. You can visit their website at http://www.mooringscamp.com/.
191 Searsport Avenue
Belfast ME 04915