Cobscook Bay State Park

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Living in Maine we have heard great things about Cobscook State Park and we were eager to see if it lived up to its glowing reputation. Located just off of Route 1 and a short drive to Quoddy Head and Campobello Island the park covers over 800 acres along the bay. We were nervous about getting a site without a reservation but there were plenty of amazing water front sites available. The park rangers set us up on a spacious, water front site with plenty of room for the kids to play.

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After making camp and marveling at the quickly rising tide (this area has 24 foot rushing tides) we hopped back in the car for a quick drive to the Eastern most point in the United States. Quoddy Head State Park offers spectacular views out to sea and is home to the only red and white stripped light house in Maine. While we ate a picnic dinner we marveled at the red cliffs of Grand Manan Island and the kids were again stunned that they were looking at Canada. The allure of entering another country has been strong as we have driven along the boarder but unfortunetely our expired passports have kept us on the U.S. side. This made visiting Campobello not an option but luckily the several trails at Quoddy Head provided great views of the shoreline and gave us a reason to return again (with our up-to-date passports).

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The following day was marked as a “car free” day which provided us with lots of time back at the campground. We thoroughly explored the impressive play structure and visited with the resident flock of sheep. When the heat got to us we hiked the short trail to the beach where the kids’ hearty Maine blood was put to the test. The waters here are frigid and even our little cold water swimmers didn’t venture in above their belly buttons.  It was a great end to the day as we relaxed by the campfire and watched the tide go back out. The sites at Cobscook are set up in such a way that you really feel alone on your own private oceanfront retreat.

The Fives Rating: 5 out of 5

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