The Carsey family welcomes you to a Downeast camping experience. Our campground is on the "quiet side" of Mount Desert Island and only a 10 minute walk from Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse. Each of the 120 shady or wooded sites has a Fire-ring and Picnic Table. We offer our Campers: Clean Restrooms Free Hot Showers Electric & Water hookups Electric, Water, Sewer hookups Electric, Water & Sewer Pull-throughs 20, 30, 50 amp Sites RV Sites have Cable TV Camping Cabin rentals Group Tenting areas & Group Rates Seasonal Sites Heated Pool Playground Wi-Fi (Free!) Dump Station Camp Store Gift Shop Ice & Local Firewood Laundromat Dogrun Credit Cards accepted Enjoy mountains, woodland trails, spruce and birch forests and the pounding surf of the Atlantic as it crashes against miles of rocky shoreline. Windswept Acadia National Park features rugged headlands, tide pool critters and a variety of naturalist activities.
Bass Harbour Campground is on the “quiet” side of Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park. It is only a 10-15 minute walk to the Bass Harbour Lighthouse which is still a US Coast Guard facility.
When we were there this summer, the campsites were not mowed and weeds waist high surrounded our sit and there was a small swamp behind us. Thank goodness the Thermocells worked well.
The site does have a heated pool and decent showers and toilet facilities. There are sections for RV’s as well as tents, pop ups and trailers.
There is an island shuttle that comes and stops at the campground to take you to different places on the island including the National Park.
Southwest Harbour is the closest “town” and is quaint with some shopping, gas, food, etc.
Since it is on the quiet side of the island, nothing is close so prepare to drive 25-30 min to get anywhere.
However the park and island is absolutely beautiful. The rugged coastline is something to behold. Lots of trails to hike, along with the carriage trails which are kept immaculate.
My husband and I stayed here for our honeymoon to Acadia National Park! We stayed in a small cabin and it was perfect for our stay. Weather was a bit cold when we were there (October 2018), but there was a space heater. Had space to prepare food as well as a microwave, fire pit, and grill for use. The showers and bathroom were well maintained and close to the cabins. Walking distance to the Bass Harbor Lighthouse and other National Park hiking trails. We loved it and look forward returning for another trip!
First of all, fires and dogs are both totally fine! We go every year. It’s a short walk to the Bass Harbor Lighthouse, on the quiet side of the island, and has clean accommodations. There’s nowhere on the island we’d tather go!
This campground served its purpose for a place to lay our heads at night. The staff were very friendly and helpful.The bathhouse was pretty clean. I was happy to meet the local dogs.
Downside: Very small campsites very close to each other. Absolutely no seclusion or privacy whatsoever. As this is generally my #1 feature in a campground, it was disappointing.
We stayed here the first night ever camping in Acadia. Tent campers have a much prettier space than RV, as with most campgrounds, and they have a lot across the main road which is perfect for tent camping. if you have multiple sites for large gatherings you could honestly take over an entire section and it looks like a community area. we really liked it here. it has a pool, which my daughter loved but I much preferred going down the road to the lake to swim. it’s walking distance to the Bass Harbor Head Light, and that is just beautiful. rarely is there ample parking at the light, so walking from your site has its advantages. The owners were very accommodating and the free acadia shuttle does pick you up from there!
Very quiet clean and very nice people 10 min walk to the Bass Harbor Lighthouse