This campground is quiet, walking distance to the ocean. Family oriented. There are however, no showers. Most of the walk in campsites are only steps away from the parking lot.
I'd say the campground was above average. They had nice clean bathroom facilities with running water, electricity, and a dish-wash station. The sites are all walk-to sites so you're not right on top of each other with a bunch of RV's and generators which was a huge plus in my book. Makes it feel more like camping.
The sites themselves are spacious with a fire ring, and table. Plenty of privacy for a campground. Lots of trees for setting up hammocks and such. Good flat surfaces for sleeping. Bass Harbor Light House is very close, and the sea-wall is close enough to walk to for a very pretty sunrise! The main part of the park is about a 30-45 minute drive though.
Acadia is definitely different. First time in a National Park I ended up going out to eat for most of my meals rather than cooking, but Beal's was amazing! The fresh lobster was cooked perfectly! Send someone to get drinks while you wait in line.
There isn't a shower facility at this campground. The markings for the sites could have been better. The site I stayed at (D2) wasn't marked well from the parking and the only marking was about 15 ft back in the woods. Only was a minor issue because I arrived so late and it was pitch black.
Along the southwestern side of MDI, is Seawall Campground. You’re definitely on the “quiet side” in these grounds, but the landscape is serene, picturesque and absolutely must be experienced.
The grounds are a bit off the beaten path, away from Bar Harbor and the hot spots of Acadia National Park. However you won’t lack for things to do. Charlotte’s Legendary Lobster Pound is just up the road to the north, and Bass Harbor Lighthouse is to the west. There are also plenty of opportunities for hiking and kayaking!
Within feet outside the facility, is a magnificent seawall that peers off into the Atlantic. It is spectacular. The sunrises and sunsets are a nice alternative to Cadillac Mountain, and the day use areas are perfect for picnicking and grilling.
The grounds are well-wooded and rustic, with limited amenities. Water and bathrooms are available, but there are no showers on site. A private store up the road will charge a small fee for several minutes. The Park Service also offers a number of programs at their amphitheater, including a “bark ranger” demonstration- it is hard to get more adorable than that!
Loops D and B are the best areas for tent- camping. Loops A and C were geared toward large campers and RVs, and provided much less shade and privacy. Loop D offers a large number of walk-in sites and Loop B some drive in spots. Old wheelbarrows are provided near the rest rooms in Loop D to assist with hauling gear, but they always seem to be in use.
Sites 78, 87 and 88 were among my favorites in Loop D, though 53, 54, 58, 78, 81 and 86 weren’t bad. I had site 61, but it was smaller and more open than many of the other sites. For those who want privacy without a huge hike, 67 and 71 are nice options. As far as Loop B is concerned, sites 7, 21 and 27 were the better sites.
We stayed in one of the walk in sites (D97) and it wasn’t a bad walk at all. We could see the car from our site. The restrooms and the site were clean. The campground was quiet but the sites are small and close together. I really didn’t want to hear the book that my neighbor was reading to her children, but I had no choice.
Acadia is a beautiful park with hiking, biking, kayaking, and swimming. Seawall is located on the quiet side of the island, a little drive from the main(e) attractions, but the calmness of the campground and the surrounding area is worth it. I even said to my husband shortly after we arrived how Id heard Acadia is so busy in the summer, but this isn’t bad. Then we drove to the Hull’s Cove visitor center and found all the people.
There is no cell signal in most of the park so I recommend bringing a guide book with you or downloading information ahead of time. I also recommend making use of the Island Explorer buses. Many of the areas along the Park Loop Road have limited parking. There were no spots at Sand Beach at 9am. Overall, I would stay at this Campground again on my next trip to Acadia.
This campground is awesome! It’s quiet and rustic, it was so quiet at times that we could hear the water! This campground is on the quiet side of the park and a ride from the major attractions but worth it (close to Wonderland).
love this place. Great campsite. Close to town center!!
Absolutely love this campground located on the Mount desert island side of Acadia national park. Amazing seawall directly outside of campground and sound of the ocean can be heard from sites. We stayed in a tent but was located around RV section. Strict generator use only from 8 am-8 pm minimally so very peaceful at night. Bathrooms are very clean. Only downside of shower need you have to go outside of campground to local.pay shower but very clean.
went here with a group of college friends for a camping trip, the campsite was able to accommodate 3 tents (6 campers) as well as all of our chairs, hammocks, grill equipment, etc. A short drive to some of the best hiking trails in the park & there are a couple of low-difficulty trails nearby. Walk down to the beach just outside seawall on a clear night for some of the best stargazing you'll ever see.
Nice and woodsy, fairly isolated, free firewood.
We stayed at the tent walk in sites (D25) The sites are close together but otherwise, well maintained. There are two wheelbarrows usually loated near the bathroom to help move gear as many of the sites are walk in.
Back behind D25 area there is a path that leads to the RV sites (which are even closer together). On that path is a mound o free firewood to take an armfull each day. But I would bring firewood as a backup as it sometimes is empty.
No showers at the campground, but there is a store just up the road towards Southwest Harbor. They have hot showers *bring quarters) and most camping items you may have forgotten or broken.
The seawall area also gets very good sunrise and sunset views out on the rocks. There are a bunch of day use sites out there with fire rings, so you can cook on the wall at sunset.
There's also a lot of good hiking you can get to on that side of the island without going all the way back to the main park.
You can buy your park pass at the ranger station when you check in so you don't need to go to the main gate or visitor center to get one.
We loved this site as a place to explore Acadia National park from. Definitely check out ship harbor trail and the seawall, both very close and walking distance from the campground. There is also a shuttlebus that runs from the campground all day, which will take you all the way to bar harbor and throughout the island and park. There are no hookups and limited generator hours, but there is a dump site and water available to fill. There are toilets but no showers at the grounds.