Mount Desert Campground is located in the heart of world famous Mount Desert Island. Just minutes from Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park. Spend your day sightseeing and shopping around the many local towns, rent a bike, sail on a schooner, go rock climbing in Acadia, or spend your afternoon at Sand Beach. Explore the extraordinary shopping and dining opportunities in Northeast Harbor or Southwest Harbor. You can even rent a kayak right here at the campground and explore the beautiful Somes Sound.
The Mount Desert Campground was conceived and created by Marie and Arnold Allen in 1958. The Allen's goal was to maintain a quiet, clean, tenting campground where families could come to relax, enjoy the natural beauty, and make memories. For the next 25 years, the Allens enjoyed a very loyal following of campers who returned here year after year.
In early 1984, the Allens sold the campground to one of those long time campers of almost 20 years, the Craigheads. Now, all these years later, we Craigheads strive to maintain the very best campground we can- so the children of those long time campers from years past can, in turn, make new memories with their kids.
We do not offer lots of frills and gimmicks but we do provide the quietest campground with the cleanest, most up to date facilities anywhere. We look forward to welcoming you to the Mount Desert Campground and we will do our utmost to make your stay a pleasant one.
On any given year, we do not allow dogs starting the Saturday on or before July 2 until Friday morning of Labor Day weekend. We certainly do allow dogs when the season is quieter during the months of May, June, September and October.
We offer free Wi-Fi at the Gathering Place on the grounds.
We loved our woodsy site just a few hundred feet from the lake. Bathrooms were well maintained & the friendliest people worked there ready to help with anything you needed.
Mt. Desert Campground offers a car camping experience that is rustic enough to feel like you are enjoying the outdoors but not too much that you feel like you are roughing it. The location is great for accessibility to adventures to different parts of Mt. Desert Island but also is a great setting at the top of Somes Sound to be okay with just hanging out at the campground for a day. The main gathering spot (aptly named the Gathering) offers a spot to get some tasty treats in the morning and evening as well as wifi. The cold brew coffee in the morning is a nice treat while camping.
Our neighbors recommended this campground to us, and it did not disappoint. Booking online was easy, check- in was smooth. We chose a campsite with a platform on which to put our tent. Each campground includes a fire pit and picnic table. Our site was right next to a potable water spigot, and within easy walking distance to a bathroom building which includes full plumbing and metered showers (4 quarters for 5 minutes). The Gathering Place was where we went when we needed wifi access and Gifford's of Maine ice cream. At night you could find teens hanging there to check their social feeds. The Free Island Explorer bus also makes stops at the campground if you want to access different parts of Acadia or go into Bar Harbor without worrying about finding parking. We loved it here and definitely plan to return. Next time we're going to try to get one of the campsites on the water… those are prime locations! We highly recommend Mount Desert (pronounced the French way: dessert) Campground. Best camping experience we've ever had!
A nicely wooded campground. We had electric and water at our site; a simple luxury we're not used to. It's a big campground with a maze of well marked, one-way roads. We took advantage of the island shuttle which picked us up right at the campground.
beautiful campground. clean bathhouse. hot showers. ice cream/wifi shack is great place to meet friends.
Anyone who’s been to Acadia knows there is a bottleneck to get on the island, and it’s really busy with narrow streets and too many cars. sometimes when I just want to camp and not deal with traffic we will camp here, at MDI camping. We tent camp, and Next to the GIGANTIC pool there are backwoods sites, which are perfect for us because it’s furthest from the road and you barely hear the cars, AND it feels like you’re in the wilderness but within walking distance to bathrooms and running water.
Great stay! Bathrooms are clean and well maintained with showers. Campground within 15 minute drive from Bar Harbor and Park Loop Trail. Breathtaking views from the lake! We stayed in a platform site. It was better than expected.. we’ll be back for sure!
The campground was beautiful and had great amenities. the staff was very friendly. I took 2 stars away due to the very expensive price for tent sites.
This is an absolutely beautiful campground with some tent sides literally on the sound. I woke up every morning to the loons calling under rolling fog. Just beautiful. The campsite strategically spaces sites apart both spacially and with elevation. It’s mostly covered with thick pines so even walking to the bathroom gives the illusion of a hike. The tent sites are beautiful with flat cedar pads built level for your tent(s). The bathrooms are also cedar making them smell amazing. I plan to go back there many times!!
Absolutely love this campground! My aunt and I stayed for a week while visiting Acadia National Park. Sites right on the water. Woke up one morning to a bald eagle in a tree next to our site. Showers and toilets on site. Wifi available at one of the buildings where they also sell coffee in the morning. Close to hiking as well as lots of restaurants with great seafood. Would recommend to those looking for a nice campground for car camping while visiting Acadia.