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Hermit Island Campground

6 Hermit Island Road
207-443-2101

History

Back about 1684, it is recorded that Francis Small, for whom Small Point is named, had a trading house at the mouth of the harbor. Probably this was on the mainland just east of the so-called "Guzzle" of Hermit Island. Apparently our first settler lived a long and successful life, narrowly escaping death at the hands of attacking Indians.

By 1717 a sufficient number of new colonists had become residents of Small Point Harbor to hold the first town meeting of their newly organized Augusta. A stone fort was built "by the ingenious Dr. Belcher Noyes, at his own charge," who also "undertook a Fishery, sufficient to employ twenty vessels at a time.

This fishing venture was subsidized by bounty paid by the King of England and Bounty Cove Beach on Hermit Island thus acquired its name. It was on these steep rocky shores that the so-called Bounty Catchers landed from their wide swinging booms to collect their legal rewards from the King's agent.

Hermit Island never failed these hardy colonists but the Fort did. No water supply was provided within its walls and when a few years later Indians attacked with fire arrows, the defenders found themselves helpless.

The "Hermit" of Hermit Island was a real one. Sheep, "a nice flock," and a few cattle were his livelihood. He heartily disliked having people around and barred the door of his house against all comers -- even the town butcher, "who had to hide in the bushes, jump his man, and all but hold him down by force before buying his wool, mutton and beef.

The colonists and the Hermit are long gone, but the past remains linked to the Island. Inspiration, strength, peace and contentment gained at such hazards by these early settlers are now yours for the asking, on this great natural breakwater of the North Atlantic, this unspoiled beauty spot of the Gulf of Maine.



Reviews

brewandbbq

Rating:
Thursday, May 31, 2018
There are some amazing sites with awesome views and some that are steps from the beach but impossible to get. There are no limits on length of stay so some of the best sites are taken for the entire summer by the same people every year. Otherwise the rest are wooded and some are an easy walk to the beach. Be advised of LOTS of mosquitoes, and potential for rain, cold, and wind (this is camping in Maine). Also, stricter than usual rules and all facilities are not typically open until peak season.

Susan Phillips

Rating:
Friday, June 1, 2018
Camping at Hermit Island in May to early June is perfect. No black flies or mosquitoes mosquitoes. We had the campsite overlooking the bay and beach. Ticks were in the grassy areas. That was the only negative. We saw deer and fox in the camp.

RockyRavage

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Tuesday, March 20, 2018
I love this place. Sand Dune Beach is great for waves and boogie boarding. Back Beach is great because there are usually not a lot of people there also the rocks to the left (the pointed one's you see at lowtide) are fun to climb on and find stuff. Also a lot of wildlife so if you don't like raccoons stealing your Devil Dogs, then don't leave them out, other than that deer are usually everywhere. I hope this is helpful.

Cynthia Barrie

Rating:
Thursday, May 31, 2018
This small and quiet beach has been a favorite for over 60 years! Rules on the beach are common sense and allow us to bring a cooler. We particularly enjoy coming in the off season to walk the beach and soak in its sights and sounds. We tented on Hermit Island back in the early 80s and fished off the dock. Now a reservation should be planned well in advance. Only a short ride to Bath and Wiscasset for shopping and essentials. Perfect for an easy going week of relaxation. Nearby Morse Mountain is a nice afternoon walk. Close to Fort Popham and Spinney's for a nice casual meal on the deck.

Kelly VanDerveer

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018
We enjoyed the walking trails and exploring the beaches. Very quiet at night. Peak season may be different but off peak is wonderful!

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