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Honey Run Beach & Campground is at the southern end of Worthley Pond in Peru, Maine. The park's RV section is on approximately 25 to 30 acres of land—including one acre of beach property—and an additional 90 or more acres of woodland. There are 72 full-hookup RV sites that can accommodate vehicles of almost any size, according to the owner. They are equipped with 30- or 50-amp service and come with picnic tables and fire rings. Additionally, the campground has five cabins, two with full kitchens and three with kitchenettes. Various tent sites are also available, though the owner notes that the number of spots he leaves available for dry camping may vary depending on certain conditions, including rain or water levels at Worthley Pond. Visitors can bring their kayaks, canoes, jet skis, and power boats to Worthley Pond. The property also provides rentals for kayaks and canoes. The owner states that fishing is also a common activity, saying that brown trout are most commonly caught. Overall, the owners remark that the property's sandy beach is a large draw for those who stay at the campground and that they often spend the majority of their time on the beach.
Honey Run Beach & Campground is in Peru, Maine, at the southern tip of Worthley Pond. The park has 72 RV sites, approximately half for long-term occupants and half as transient units. Every spot has full hookups, including 30- or 50-amp electrical service, a picnic table, and a fire ring. Additionally, all but two RV spaces are for backing in, and the campground owner states that all sites "can accommodate just about any size rig." Of the RV spots, he says three, in particular, are the most popular; two are backed up against a brook, and the third is one of the pull-through spots.
Five cabins are also available at Honey Run Beach & Campground. Typically, one party reserves one cabin at a time, though the owner remarks that large groups have rented multiple cabins at a time. Two have full kitchens, an outdoor barbecue grill, a picnic table, and a fire ring. The remaining three have kitchenettes instead of kitchens; these include a microwave, toaster, coffee pot, refrigerator, and an outdoor propane grill. As with the first two cabins, the last three also have outdoor fire rings and tables. The Honey Run Beach & Campground owner also notes that each cabin has indoor plumbing, and the accommodations vary between layouts and the number of rooms.
Other Honey Run Beach & Campground features include a bathhouse with men's and women's restrooms and a laundromat with coin-operated machines. The property owner sells ice, ice cream, and candy, though he explains that visitors can find other supplies at nearby stores. A pavilion, volleyball court, basketball court, horseshoe ring, and cornhole set are also available at the campground. The owner affirms that children can also ride their bikes around the area.
The Honey Run Beach & Campground owner describes his business as "very well maintained," noting how frequently he mows the grass. Much of the space is flat and covered by trees, and the main campground is on approximately 25 to 30 acres of land. According to the owner, another 60 acres or so occupy the space beyond the RV section. This land has more trees and a trail up the nearby mountain, which the owner says can be explored with ATVs. Furthermore, the campground has an acre on Worthley Pond's beach, which he claims is regarded as "one of the five cleanest ponds in the state of Maine." Tent camping is allowed on the beach, though campers should be advised of rain or changing water levels. The owner continues, recalling that many visitors bring kayaks, canoes, jet skis, and power boats to Worthley Pond. Additionally, the establishment offers rentals for kayaks and canoes. Swimming in the pond is a common activity on the premises, with the owners emphasizing that their sandy beach is a large draw for patrons. Fishing is also a common activity, and he says brown trout are likely the most frequently caught fish at Worthley Pond.
The owner states that the main draw to Honey Run Beach & Campground is Worthley Pond. As mentioned, boating and fishing are commonplace at the pond. However, the area has other attractions. For instance, various rock climbing locations are nearby. The owner says several rock climbers pass through the region, and experienced climbers gravitate towards Shagg Crag, a climb with various routes rated 5 or higher due to an overhang. The owner also mentions kayaking and canoeing locations at Androscoggin River, over a mile from Worthley Pond's northern tip. Moreover, a nature park features several free-roaming animals, and Santa's Village—a Santa Claus-themed village—is located near Maine's border with New Hampshire.
Regarding dining locations, the Honey Run Beach & Campground operator recommends a few options. First, he mentions Far East, a Chinese restaurant in Mexico, Maine. Next, he says Daddy O's Diner is mainly known for its breakfast menu. The owner also suggests visitors try Surry Seafood Co and Jimmies.
The Honey Run Beach & Campground owner says he wants his guests to "enjoy themselves" and feel comfortable during their stay. He also hopes they feel safe, mentioning the presence of a security gate to monitor incoming and outgoing people. He remarks that he is always in the area to help maintain a sense of safety and regularly talks to visitors. The owner even adds that it takes him several days to visit each RV site to hand out electrical bills because of the time he spends interacting with occupants. According to him, Honey Run Beach & Campground is known for its "big spaces, friendly people, [and] nice water on the pond."
Several guest reviews reflect the atmosphere the owner tries to maintain at the RV park. One former visitor said, "This was our first time camping here, and we loved it. The kids had a blast riding bikes and swimming in the crystal clear pond. The owners are very nice and accommodating as well." Another occupant commented, "Honey Run Campground is a great fun-filled camping experience. The hosts [are] most friendly & accommodating. The campground is well kept, with a great beach, on scenic Worthley Pond, [with rental] canoes and kayaks. A live band occasionally pops up to add to the fun, along with hiking trails too." The park owner says he has noticed that people tend to learn about the establishment by word of mouth, acknowledging the reviews the campground receives online.
Honey Run Beach & Campground hosts a few activities throughout its operating season. Some include birthday parties and potlucks during the Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends. Musical bands sometimes perform on the property, and the owner says the Worthley Pond Association uses the campground's pavilion to host "welcome back" gatherings, social events, and their own potlucks.
The Honey Run Beach & Campground owner says the most important policy is "be aware of your neighbor," emphasizing that visitors should be conscious of those around them. Dogs are allowed, though they must always be kept on leashes. However, the owner cannot allow pit bulls, rottweilers, or Dobermans because of insurance policies regarding "aggressive breeds."
Honey Run Beach & Campground opens Memorial Day weekend and closes after Labor Day weekend, with its operating season peaking in July. However, the owner says seasonal sites are typically open from May 15 to September 15, and some patrons reserve cabins after Labor Day. For such people, additional activities can be hosted until the end of the season. The owner affirms that many repeat guests return to Honey Run Beach & Campground annually.
The current owner of the Honey Run Beach & Campground believes the RV park was initially opened around 1964, though it functioned more as a trailer park than a campground. He also heard that the property was once a farm before being opened to the hospitality industry. He is currently the establishment's fourth owner as of his purchase in 1999, recalling that it took him a few years to convince his wife to buy a campground. The owner recounts that he camped a lot when he was younger, and his grandkids used to visit Honey Run Beach & Campground as well. He remarks that his favorite part of the job is meeting different people, saying, "Most people who come camping are in a good mood." He adds that he receives many guests from Florida who stay during the whole summer. Other visitors travel from Iowa, Indiana, and Canada to stay at the campground.
Since acquiring Honey Run Beach & Campground, the owner has added four cabins, the pavilion, a barn, a movie theater room, and blue slate roofs on most buildings. He has also upgraded the electrical system and performed work on the campground's main power line.