Driving to HVC

When bringing your child to HVC on the first day of camp, please plan to arrive between 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. This will give you time to get your camper settled, take a look around and join us for lunch.

Planning your trip: Visit our vacation guide for places to stay, great eats, Maine sights, etc.

Picking up Campers at Session's End

Most children depart on Thursday July 18 or August 15. Please arrive between 8 and 10 AM, as children are excited to commence their next adventure. If you must come here later, please note that at 12 noon all staff, Kassens, etc will take an afternoon break.

For 2-week "intro" campers departing 7/4 or 8/1, please arrive between 10 and 11.30 AM.

Once you arrive, please take time to have your camper show you around camp. There will be coffee available, etc.

Driving to Camp

Driving Directions

Please use directions below, as Mapquest and Google have often led visitors astray.

For GPS:

  • Our official address: 161 Hidden Valley Road, Montville or Freedom, Maine
  • 04941 You must access Hidden Valley Rd. via Rt 220 and the Center Road.
  • You cannot use Hidden Valley Rd. or the Kingdom Rd. directly from Rt 3 to get to HV.

From Portland, Boston, & South: Take I-95 to Exit 113 (Route 3 East.) Stay on Rt. 3 for about 28 miles; then make a left onto Route 220 North. Drive 5 1/4 miles on Rt. 220. As you come up a hill, take a right onto an asphalt road (called the Center Rd.), and then an immediate right down an unpaved road (Hidden Valley Rd.) where you'll see our signs. We are in the valley, a bit more than a mile down this road. Note arrival reminders in the right-hand column on this page.

From Belfast or Camden: Take Rt. 3 West from Belfast. (To get to Belfast from Camden, take Route 1 North, or figure out the shortcut noted below.) After about 10 miles on Rt. 3, you will see the brown/beige former Crowe Rope facility on the left. Take the next right (after you've passed about 5 or 6 homes on the right) onto Thompson Ridge Road. *** This road winds its way uphill (bear left at the top of the first hill) and around 2 or 3 sharp curves for about 3-4 miles. As you approach the road's end you will see HVC signs ahead. Make a left onto the unpaved road (Hidden Valley Rd.) We are a bit more than a mile down this road. Note arrival reminders in the right-hand column on this page.

From Belfast Maine to HVC

Camden Shortcut: Take 105 into Hope and bear right onto 235. Go about 1/2 mile and take a left onto the Moody Mountain Road. After about 8-10 minutes, the Moody Mt. Road ends. Make a left onto 173/131 and then, just after the Fraternity Village Store in Searsmont Village, make a right onto the New England Rd. Take this to its end. Then make a right onto Rt. 3 E. About 1/2 mile later, take a left off of Route 3 onto the Thompson Ridge Road and follow directions marked *** just above. Note arrival reminders in the right-hand column on this page.

From Waterville, Bangor and North: From Waterville take Rt. 137 East to the intersection with Rt. 220 at a blinker. The corner has a diner, Hilltop Store, and tractor dealer. Turn right on to Rt. 220 South, then note ++'d directions below... From Bangor take I-95 and exit at Route 69. Take Rt. 69 South to Rts. 9 & 202 West. Make a right. After about 25 min, turn left on Rt. 220 South. Then...

++ After the intersection of Routes 220 and 137, proceed south on Route 220 about 5 miles. As the road goes up a hill and curves to the right, you must carefully make a left turn onto an asphalt road, (called the Center Road). Then make an immediate right onto our dirt road (Hidden Valley Road). We are in the valley, a bit more than a mile down this road. Note arrival reminders in the right-hand column on this page.

From Midcoast: Take Rt. 1 North to Moody's Diner and take a left on to Rt. 220 North. After about 15 minutes, Route 220 will cross Route 17 and wind through the village of Washington. Eventually, Rt. 220 itself takes a left near Liberty. Make this left and a half-mile later cross Rt. 3 and drive 5 1/4 miles further north on Rt. 220. As you come up a hill, take a right onto an asphalt road (called the Center Rd.), and then an immediate right down an unpaved road (Hidden Valley Road) where you'll see our signs. We are in the valley, a bit more than a mile down this road. Note arrival reminders in the right-hand column on this page.

Confirm Your Travel

Please inform us of your driving plans on the Transportation Form via your Online Camp Account.

Please do this by March 1st.

First Day Arrival

Camper arrival
When a camper is arriving on the first day of his-her stay here, upon arrival: Drive right into camp where greeters will meet you near the red camp office on the left side of the road.

...What a wonderful feeling it was to drive away from camp knowing our children are in Paradise... The cuisine was scrumptious and your warmth and friendliness were super. Our children made a great choice! - HVC Parent

Family Drop Off

Mid-session Visits

For visits mid-session, upon arrival: Please park in the parking lots and walk a short distance down the road to our red office on the left. Please click here to plan your visit.

...Thanks for a splendid visit and letting us wander the place and share in what our daughter calls her camp! - HVC Parent