Standard (tent/RV)
RV Sites
Tent Sites
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
Drinking Water
About Mount Desert Campground

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.

Drive In
Walk In
Hike In
Boat In
Alcohol Allowed
Drinking Water
Electric Hookups
Fires Allowed
Firewood Available
Pets Allowed
Phone Service
Picnic Table
Trash Available
Water Hookups
Mount Desert Campground is located in Maine
44.3666 N
-68.3197 W
Get Directions
Mount Desert Campground is located in the heart of Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park on Route 198. When you reach the entrance to Mount Desert Island, stay to the right side of the fork (Rt. 102/198) and continue for 5 miles. You will come to a set of lights at the junction of Rt. 102 and Rt. 198. Take a left onto Rt. 198 aka "Sound Drive," continue for half a mile and you will see our sign on the right. 8 miles from Bar Harbor 5 miles from Northeast Harbor 5 miles from Southwest Harbor
24 Reviews of Mount Desert Campground
Awesome campground

We had a secluded oceanfront tent site that was absolutely beautiful. We had access to the water as well as some beautiful sunsets. It was 20 minutes to Bar Harbor and the most popular Acadia hikes. The shower house was very clean!

Beautiful site with everything you need

This idyllic campground is set in its own little bay with easy access to the water and stunning sites nestled along its edge. The campground was everything we could have asked for with a spacious tent platform, beautiful view of the water, and clean bathrooms with showers. The grounds also had some very nice hiking trails on them that provide a nice escape from the already very quiet camp.


The camp ground was everything I could ask for. Well kept, remote, and quite. We got a great plot right on the water which was great to wake up to and watch the sunsets on. Located in the center of the island, which makes all the spots in Acadia easy to access.. will definitely be back

First to Review
Fantastic campground, perfect location on Mount Desert Island!

Stayed at site D21. They limit occupants to RVs less than 20’ in length and have about a 50/50 mix of tent campers and small RV campers. Furthermore, about 2/3 of the tent sites have platforms to use for your tent, so it’s very convenient. Facilities are top quality - extremely clean and convenient with quarter-showers. They have a ‘gathering place’ building that is used for information, breakfast / ice cream treats / coffee, and free wifi access if you need to get connected. The campground has amazing water sites right on Somes Sound, but my understanding is that they book fast and are reserved months in advance, typically by the same families who go back year after year (and understandably so!). You can rent kayaks / canoes, etc along with all applicable gear and launch from their “floats” which is a long floating dock in between a few of the sites in the C area of the campground. Absolutely wonderful, loved it!