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Gray Homestead Oceanfront Camping

21 Homestead Road
Southport, ME 04576
3 Reviews
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We spent an entire summer at Gray's, and were saddened when it all ended. We have a 36 foot MH, and, although getting into our site was a little tricky, it wasn't all that difficult. Anyone who can back up, and follow hand signals can do it. Our site was up the hill from the office, in the trees. Very secluded and peaceful. Although the park has no store, we enjoyed the short trip into town for shopping and dining. Lots and lots of really good restaurants. Oh yes, did I mention that fresh lobsters are generally available in the park, either live, or they will cook them for you, and at a better price than anywhere else. We full-time, and travel extensively. People are always asking us where our favorite places are, and number 1 is always Gray's. We are looking forward to a return visit.

Received from Chuck K for visit in Aug 2005

Site Number: None
Stay Again? YES
I just returned from a 4 day trip to Boothbay Harbor, ME complete with ocean camping at Gray's and I have NO regrets!! We stayed in one of the Oceanfront sites (17C) and the view was spectacular. *Ocean Front Sites* For those of you who might be looking for a site directly ON the ocean (like you can walk 5 feet to the water) this isn't what it's like. You're basically up above the ocean on a bluff (as shown by the pictures). It's still beautiful and very private. We didn't have ANY outside campers come walking through our site - as a previous poster warned - and the only complaint I had was that the other sites throughout the campgrounds were larger and more grassy. The ocean front sites are smaller (but not tiny - plenty of room for a 6 person tent, picnic table, fire pit and still much room to walk around) since I assume they wanted to get as many in as possible for the customers, and it's mostly dirt and lots of tree roots. Not a big deal to me considering it's camping, not a luxury hotel. But it does make it somewhat difficult for a toddler to walk around - though he was doing better than us by the end of the week! Most of the other sites you can park your car right next to your site, but for the ocean front you have to park and walk through a little path to get to your site since there's a bit of distance between the two spots. Not far - but definitely further than the other sites. *Bathrooms and Facilities (though I can only speak for the Females)* The bathrooms were excellent!! They are cleaned every day between 11 and 12 and other than a few cobwebs when you look up, I was shocked by how comfortable they actually were. There are 3 bathroom stalls (flushing toilets) and 2 shower stalls. Showers were hot and a quarter for 7 minutes. I found myself using 2 quarters most of the time. I never waited for a shower and the 4 days that I was there I only saw 1 person waiting. There is a hair dryer in the bathroom and somebody usually leaves hand soap on the counter - but bring your own just in case. The lights DO go on at night, but they're on a timer and are motion sensored. So generally they will come on when you walk in, but if they don't just flick the switch to the left of the doorway. *Activities* Gray's offers so many activities to keep you busy. My husband and I took an hour and went ocean kayaking - the kayak was very sturdy and it was smooth sailing for us! It was $20 for an hour in a double kayak and that was more than enough. The views were spectacular and we traveled pretty far in that hour. Just a warning, though - it really is self-service. You just fill out a form and they send you on your way. So if you've never kayaked you might be a little uncomfortable since you are in a harbor where there are power boats and tour boats going through. Not a big deal - you just need to keep your eyes and ears open! They also have ammenities for most sports - a basketball net (keep your kids supervised, though since it is right by the entrance), a volleyball net and plenty of sports equipment in the office. *Food* One of the most convenient things at Gray's is that they will go lobstering for you! For a very low price (at the time we went it was $6.25 for a 1 lb. lobster) they will catch the lobster for you and even steam it for an extra $4 (for up to 6 lobsters). It was so convenient and we just roasted some corn over the campfire for dinner one night (bring your own grate to lay over the fire since it's not guaranteed they'll have one for you). Just order your lobsters by 4 PM and let them know what time you want them cooked by and you're all set! *Miscellaneous* Ice - you can purchase ice at the front office. It was $1.50/bag when we went Firewood - you can purchase firewood as well at the front office. $5 and you take a crate and go fill it up yourself. Just remember to return the crate when you're done!! *Conclusion* So that's basically it! Gray's is a beautiful awesome, friendly, convenient place to camp and I'll be returning next time we visit Maine. It's convenient to downtown Boothbay Harbor (about 10 minutes unless the swing bridge is open - or not under construction as it was while we were visiting) and the perfect rustic getaway. They also have cottages for rent - visit their site for rates.

Received from Liz B for visit in Aug 2005

Site Number: 17C
Stay Again? YES
Not the fanciest park we have ever stayed at, but worked well for our small pop-up. Their are only 40 sites here and there were not many that I saw could fit large trailers or RVs. The kids missed the activities at some of the larger parks we have stayed at, but we liked the smaller size and relative quiet. It was nice being right on the ocean.

Received from Al M for visit in July 2005

Site Number: 23
Stay Again? YES

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