This large campground over looks Frenchmens bay. Large pool. Inexpensive laundry. Blueberry fields free to pick July to August. Pay showers. No reservations though. Come in early morning and wait for others to leave to grab the best sites. Or grab what ever is available and look the next morning for who leaves the better sites. Shuttle bus for free to any where, almost, on the island. The manager is a bit neurotic and that's the reason it is at 4 stars not 5. We will keep going for the campground price and place until the manager ruins it for us or they close it.
Don’t like making reservations? We hate them, too. This is the only campground on Mt. Desert Island near Acadia National Park that is first come, first served. But, come early! Great campsites, lots of options for both tents and RV’s, clean bathrooms, 50 cent showers, dishwashing sinks, and a playground for the kiddos.
No biking/hiking trails from the campground to the park, but it makes for an easy place to retreat to if you are visiting Acadia National Park and/or Bar Harbor. It’s beyond BUSY during the summer, but the fall is much less crowded and truly gorgeous! The Island Explorer bus makes a stop at this campground, so you can leave your car behind and enjoy the park on bike/foot.
Everything you need for camping can be found in Ellsworth or Bar Harbor, located a few miles in either direction from this campground.
Good site, great location and clean bathhouses.
We loved this campground! Views of ocean by the pool/playground and wild blueberries around the park. The only downside was no reservations and cash only. However the employees were so very nice and there are tons of spots so no issues with finding a spot. I would love to stay here again!
tent sites with no hookups to 220 Rv hookups….clean rest room/shower area recently remodeled. pay 6 nights & 7th free, NO reservations, closest private campground to Acadia NP
for all campers! There are open, grassy electric sites, primitive sites on the water, and lots of sites in the woods too.
there are dog walking areas, swimming pool, laundry, showers, game room, office services, water access, what more could you need?
it is a very large campground so it’s nice that there are a variety of sites. and best of all, the bus stops here!
We love the state parks and unorganized, off the beaten path camping. This is definitely not that! However, for easy access to Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park, the Bar Harbor Campground is a pretty good place to park.
The sites are small and semi-private, flat, well maintained, and you have a choice of water, electric, and even sewer or dry. Each site has a fire ring and picnic table. There are 3 buildings with flush toilets and showers (coin operated) and plenty of hot water. There is a pool, a laundromat, a game room, and a main office. Nearby are restaurants and mini-golf.
Key note: sites are first come first serve and you must pay with cash or check. No credit cards are accepted.
So if you want to be close to the action, don't want to make a reservation, have some cash, and are not looking for a "wilderness" camping experience, the Bar Harbor Campground is a good option.
The campground is first come, first served and has a seventh night free deal. Cash or check only. With a lower cost per night, free wifi, full hookups and a chance for a water view, we decided to take the risk and show up. We had several options to choose from, but that wouldn't have been true during our stay. We saw some pretty big rigs with very awkward setups in smaller, unlevel sites because there weren't any other options when they showed up.
We liked our site. C4 is a pull through with full hookups (30 amp). It was level, clean and a short walk to the water view, shower house, and laundry facility. We also liked how close we were to Bar Harbor, Acadia, and other attractions. Mainely Meats and Udder Heaven ice cream was a quick walk from inside the campground (there was a walking access to them). Across the street from them was Pirates Cove mini golf. We visited each and would definitely recommend as a treat to anyone staying here. The only downside was that they were decreasing their hours and were only open until 8, and if you were out hiking etc it made it an all out sprint to be there before closing. Pirates Cove is open until 9p right now.
We didn't need our WeBoost, the cell signal was fine, and the camp's wifi was great. Laundry was super clean and nice with approx 10 washers and 4 dryers ($1 each). Showers are $.25 for 5 min and were very clean.
We are suckers for pinball and had been eyeing the machine in the little shack arcade when you first pull into the campground. Save your money because most of the games had out of order signs and the pinball machine should have too.
We would definitely stay again and hopefully would be lucky enough to get a water view next time!
My visit was very brief. It was unplanned and got there just before dark. I was surprised that anywhere was still even open. Friendly service but I didn't have a chance to see much. I was in a rush to get my tent set up while I could still see. I managed and got a fire going in the provided ring. Sat for a while watching the fire with the ocean as the background. It poured all night so we took off pretty early. There is so much to see in the area that you won't want to spend much time hanging around in one spot. The prices are high compared to many other maine locations but very fair for the area! I would stay again for sure!