About Camping

The Campground

Hermit Island Campground started in 1952.  Since then, generations of campers have come to love the island.  It remains largely unchanged - rustic, slow-paced, and in tune with the natural environment.  There are 271 sites spread across the southern end of the island, each unique. 


We welcome campers with tents, pop-up trailers (up to 25'), and truck campers, but no RVs or hard-topped campers.  Although we love dogs, they are not allowed to camp with you.


Reservations: Memorial Day weekend & June 22, 2018 through Labor Day

Off-season: mid-May to June 21 (except Mem. Day) & after Labor Day through Columbus Day (Kelp Shed, Snack Bar, and Gift Shop closed)

Closed: Columbus Day to mid-May


Each campsite has a fire pit, a picnic table, room for your equipment, and a parking space for one car. There are free hot showers. Bathrooms - flushing toilets, composting toilets, porto-potties, and pit toilets - are located across the campground and near the beaches.


Campers drive across a sand causeway to get to Hermit Island. Only registered campers are allowed in the campground - no visitors, please. 



Facilities

Reservations and check-ins are handled at the Kelp Shed. We also post notices about nature walks and upcoming events, answer campers' questions, and provide a place to sit by the fire on a rainy day. A pool table and several video games are located here, as well as two outdoor ping pong tables and a sand volleyball court. Bathrooms are available.  


The Snack Bar is at the back of the Kelp Shed.  Seating is picnic tables inside and outside on the deck overlooking Head Beach.  The Snack Bar serves breakfast starting at 7:30, lunch, and dinner until 8:30.  We have many delicious flavors of Gifford's ice cream as well.  The Snack Bar is only open during the main summer season. 

 

Our camp Store sells groceries, beer and wine, ice, wood, batteries, beach toys, sunscreen, insect repellant, and a small selection of camping gear.  It is also where campers check in during the Off-Season.We also sell clams and lobsters - you can rent a pot if you want to cook them yourself, or order some cooked to take back to your campsite.


The Gift Shop sells a small selection of items such as t-shirts, mugs, sea-glass jewelry, and books. 


The Yankee Dock and Marina Dock offer spaces for campers to launch and keep small boats. Boats under 20' are "first come, first served" at the Yankee Dock; longer boats require a reservation for a marina slip.



Beaches, Trails, and Boats

Head Beach is at the south end near the entrance to the Campground  The public has access to this beach. Dune and West Dune beaches face west and are within the main campground.  Sunset Lagoon faces northwest, in the same area.  The north facing beaches include Spring Beach (access only by water or trail), Sailboat Beach, Bounty Cove, and Sand Dollar Beach.  Limited parking is available at these beaches.


Several trails offer campers short hikes across the varied terrain of the island north of the main campground area. The Red and Blue trails hug the rocky coast, providing stunning views of the ocean. The Blue trail crosses Spring Beach and ends at Sailboat Beach.  The Orange trail runs along the mostly wooded interior spine of the island before crossing Sailboat Beach and ending at Sand Dollar Beach.  Spring Beach trail follows an old wagon route to the spring for which it is named. Two White Trails begin at Island Road and end at the coast, intersecting with the other trails at various points.


Campers may bring their own kayaks.   We have several canoes and rowboats for rent.  Three boat ramps offer small boat owners water access.Trailers are stored at the north end in the Boat Trailer Lot.