Camping in the USA – Acadia National Park

This Friday we are beginning a series of articles about where to camp in each USA’s region. Since camping is one of the most popular activities during summer, it came naturally to offer you the best tips regarding each region.

Our first stop is the Northeast region with its pearl, Acadia National Park. In the following days we will tell you also everything about White Mountains National Forest in New Hampshire and Green Mountain Forest in Vermont, so stay close.

Acadia National Park is located on Mount Desert Island in Maine, also known as The Pine Tree State. And that is for a good reason: It’s covered in 17 million acres of forest. It also has 6,000 lakes and ponds and 32,000 miles of rivers and streams—basically, a camper’s paradise.

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Where to camp?

1. Blackwoods Campground
It is the most popular campground, located five miles south of Bar Harbor just off Route 3 since it has a very good location (short distance from Bar Harbor and Acadia’s best hiking trails) and it is open all year round.

May – October: Reservations recommended. Fee: $30 per site, per night.
April and November: Weather permitting, Fee: $15 (self-registration)
December – March: A limited number of campsites are available for primitive camping only in the off season at Blackwoods. During this time campers must obtain a camping permit from the dispatch at park headquarters (8am – 4:30 pm daily). Facilities are limited to a hand pump for water and a portable toilet. The campground entrance road is closed to automobiles during this time; campers are required to hike in from the campground entrance on Route 3. Campers must pack out all trash. Fee: Free (source:

2. Seawall Campground
Located on the western side of Mount Desert Island, Seawall Campground it is Acadia’s second popular park. Located on Route 102A this campground is 4 miles (6 km) south of Southwest Harbor. It has a beautiful ocean picnic near the campground and 200 wooded campsites.
You must hurry up, because Seawall Campground will close on September 5th 2016 for renovations.

Fee (per site, per night): $22 walk-in tent sites; $30 drive-up tent, camper, and motor home sites.

3. Schoodic Woods Campground
It is Acadia’s newest campground with only 94 campsites. It is located on Schoodic Peninsula, three miles southeast of Winter Harbor and 43 miles from Bar Harbor. It is open from late May until Columbus Day and reservations are highly recommended.

Fee: $22 walk-in tent sites, $30 drive up tent/small RV, $36 RV with electric only sites, $40 RV with electritc and water.

4. Duck Harbor Campground (Isle au Haut)
Located on Isle au Haut, a rugged island off the coast of Stonington, Maine, this remote and inaccessible to automobiles campground is linked to the mainland by mailboat. Five primitive sites are available at Duck Harbor from May 15 to October 15 by advance reservation. You must have a reservation to camp. Camping is permitted in designated sites only, and party size is limited to six persons per site.

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What to do and visit?

We have searched for the best tips regarding activities you can do while visiting Acadia National Park.

1. Hike to the top of Cadillac Mountain (the highest point along the east coast) just before sunrise and be the first person in the U.S. to see the sun that morning.

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2. Riding along the 27-mile Park Loop Road is the best way to do a quick tour of Acadia (and makes a strong case for renting a car). Popular sites and trails like Sand Beach, Thunder Hole and Otter Cliff can all be reached from here.

3. Swim at Sand Beach, although the water temperatures are some of the coldest in Maine, even during the summer, visitors enjoy simply relaxing in the sun and taking in the scenery.

4. Explore Bar Harbor, a quaint seaside village with charming shops, delicious seafood restaurants and plenty of activities for visitors to enjoy.

5. Visit Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse – No trip to Maine is complete without seeing a lighthouse! Bass Harbor Head is located on the southern end of Mount Desert Island along the rocky Maine coastline. It stands 56 feet above water and is open daily to the public year round.

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Have a few more free days and don’t know what to do? Sponsored by several Mount Desert Island communities as well as Acadia National Park, the Mt. Desert Island Information Center is along Route 3 just before it crosses to Mount Desert Island. The center is loaded with pamphlets about island tours, restaurants, inns, and attractions, including Acadia National Park.

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  1. Tom

    Fantastic recap of Acadia! 🙂 If you’re ever back visiting the Schoodic section of Acadia, come see us at Acadia East Campground! We’d love to have you. Cheers! Tom


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