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Penobscot River- Katahdin Area: Abol Bridge Campground & Rip Dam Cabins

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Abol Bridge Campground is the Premier Location for Rafting & Camping in the Katahdin Region!

NEW IN 2015!
Introducing Abol Bridge Campground on the Penobscot River 

We are thrilled to introduce our new Penobscot River Rafting meeting location for the 2015 season. We are the exclusive partners with Abol Bridge Campground, located on the banks of the Penobscot River, with spectacular views of Mt Katahdin and direct hiking access to Baxter State Park.  This is the premier location for rafting, hiking and campgrounds in the Katahdin Region! Step on the Appalachian Trail or Baxter State Park trail  from your campsite! The rafting takeout for our Penobscot trips is just minutes downstream from the campground.

Easy Rafting Trip Access

It’s just a short 10-mile ride up to the Penobscot Rafting trips put-in at McKay station and you’ll end your trip just three miles from the Campground. No long shuttles on buses to and from the river! Enjoy your exciting wilderness Penobscot rafting trip and be back to your cozy campsite within minutes of the takeout for a cold brew and blow-your-mind sunset viewing across the river. Now, that's more like it!  Northern Outdoors is the only rafting outfitter located directly on the Penobscot River!

Location, Location, Location!

The Katahdin Region is a gem of wilderness, beauty, and active outdoor recreation opportunities. Is this your year to raft the Penobscot RIver?  Stay long enough to hike in Baxter State Park & enjoy Mt Katahdin, or perhaps follow along with the Thoreau / Wabanaki Discovery Tour.  If so, then staying at Abol Bridge Campground, doing Northern's uninterrupted river rafting trip with our expert Registered Maine Guides, and hiking from your campsite into Baxter State Park or onto the famous Appalachian Trail (literally, no driving needed!) is truly the best way to ensure your vacation is a resounding success. We think you'll agree when you come visit us at Abol Bridge!  We are also the only Maine outfitter located directly on the Appalachian Trail and Baxter State Park trails.
Learn about Penobscot River Rafting trips.
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Campground Services and Amenities

You can choose from tent campsites, RV campsites, and rustic bunkhouses at Abol Bridge Campground. There’s a full service restaurant and bar, The Northern, where you can get a great meal, good coffee, and a Maine microbrew, if you don't like cooking out at your campsite. Now that's roughing it in style! There's also a small general store. Yes, there is a small boat launch and beach as well - bring that canoe!!

Rip Dam Cabins - Just Up River from Abol Bridge

Just a few minutes up the road from Abol Bridge Campground is Rip Dam Sporting Camps, offering cabin accommodations. Located at Ripogenous Dam, on the Penobscot just upstream from Abol Bridge.

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Tent Sites at Abol Bridge Campground

Penobscot Campground - Abol Bridge Northern OutdoorsYou can't get a better campsite in Thoreau's beloved Maine Woods. Just look at this location!
Spacious campsites, over the top views of Mt Katahdin and Baxter State Park, and the Penobscot River flowing gently by - wow.
  •  Choose from a selection of tent campsites along the river, inland from the river, in the trees (well not up in the trees, of course).
  • Plenty of room to pitch your 1959 A-frame tent or more modern mini-house tent.
  • Picnic tables, fire pits, and a nearby bathhouse round out your amenities for camping.
  • Don't forget The Northern Restaurant is onsite. It's a safe bet they won't tell anyone if you burn your dinner on the fire and need a rescue meal at 9pm...

RV Sites at Abol Bridge Campground

RV Campsites - Abol Bridge Campground Northern OutdoorsGot your own rig for camping? Bring it on! We have a handful of RV sites waiting to serve you.



Rustic Bunkhouses at Abol Bridge Campground

These rustic bunkhouses sleep up to four people each. Mattresses are included, and picnic tables and a fire ring are outside each bunkhouse. Guests bring their own linens, pillows and/or sleeping bags. There is no electricity (that's why they are rustic!). Facilities include the campground bathhouse with hot showers and flush toilets.  The bunkhouses are located in clusters among the woods at the campground, with views of the river and mountains.

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The Northern Restaurant at Abol Bridge Campground

The Northern Restaurant Abol Bridge CampgroundThe Northern Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner to hungry vacationers, travelers, and sportsmen year-round.  Enjoy a home-cooked meal, great coffee and a selection of Maine's best microbrews at this comfortable restaurant, located at Abol Bridge Campground.







Rip Dam Cabins

Looking for lodging at the Penobscot with electricity, private bathrooms, kitchen facilities and a little less rustic appeal? Rip Dam Cabins are your answer!  Located up river from Abol Bridge, two cabins are available that each sleep up to 9 people across three bedrooms that have a mix of double, single and bunk beds, plus one full bathroom per cabin.  
Book any cabin or campsite online here with your rafting trip!

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Just had the best time ever rafting the Kennebec. Will be back to do Dead River and the Penobscot. Thank you all for such a fantastic time. The staff/ guides are all stars. Hopefully see you all next year

– Catherine L.
Your Family Package was a great way to introduce our two suburban, TV loving children to the wonders of Maine. And, it didn't hurt that the whitewater rafting was more exciting than any theme park ride! Our family will definitely be back.

– Jim M. - Norwalk, CT