Look no further for some of the best camping in Acadia National Park, plus tips to enjoy your stay from The Dyrt Ranger team the Switchback Kids.

Most Popular Campgrounds in Acadia National Park

The only national park in all of New England, Acadia National Park offers unrivaled coastal beauty. From its rocky beaches to its glacier-scoured granite peaks, the wonders of Acadia are many. Such as Cadillac Mountain, the highest peak on the East Coast. And even though Acadia can be one of the most densely-visited national parks, if you time things right, the whole area can be yours to explore.

Here are three of the most popular campgrounds in Acadia National Park:

1. Seawall Campground, ME

Photo from The Dyrt user Molly G.

Seawall Campground is located on the western side of Mount Desert Island on the Maine Coast. Tucked away on the quiet side of the Island, it is free from the huge crowds of Bar Harbor. While there are no showers at this site, there are some quarter showers at a store only a couple minutes away. And with coastal hikes, sunrise hikes, and tide pools that are perfect for exploring, this campground is a top spot for experiencing Acadia.

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2. Schoodic Woods Campground, ME

Photo from The Dyrt user Gary G.

If you’re after a backcountry feel but with all the amenities, then Schoodic Woods Campground is for you. Located on the Schoodic Peninsula section of the park, this campground features over 90 sites, including two group sites and some hike-in sites too. Not only is this campground in a beautiful patch of forest, it’s brand new so you can expect sparkling clean facilities. There is also access to a hiking trail system right from the campground, making those day hiking adventures that much more enjoyable.

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3. Blackwoods Campground, ME

Photo from The Dyrt user Annie C.

Located in the heart of the national park, Blackwoods Campground offers easy access for exploring Acadia. The sites here are all wooded and within a 10-minute walk of the ocean. Amenities include bathrooms with flush toilets, picnic tables, and fire rings. The campground is also a short drive to Bar Harbor, with many of the big attractions nearby.

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Explore Acadia

Surrounded by scenic island harbors, quaint towns, and majestic scenery, Acadia National Park is New England’s crown jewel. Here you can explore more than 47,000 acres of breathtaking scenery, experience century-old hiking trails and learn about the oldest National Park east of the Missippi.

The Dyrt’s Ranger duo the Switchback Kids, who spent a year visiting all 59 National Parks, have put together this incredible video to document their firsthand experience in Petrified Forrest with the hopes of improving the visit of others.

Switchback Kids Ranger Tip: Don’t underestimate the driving times throughout the park. Part of the main road is one-way only, so you should carefully plan out your stops before starting your drive to make sure you don’t have to make circles.

And, in case you still (somehow) need convincing to fit this park in your summer itinerary, we present Acadia National Park:

Win gear for camping Acadia

When you review campsites across the US on The Dyrt, you get the chance to win outdoor gear. In Maine, you have the chance to win a $50 gift card from Mountain House, a $50 gift card from Roanline, and an MH2 Headlamp from Ledlenser. Check out the contest leaderboard, review your camping experience, earn points for your review, and you could win prizes!


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Mark Silvester

Mark Silvester

When he isn't explaining the difference between Australia and the United States, you can find Mark in the mountains, at a show or on his skateboard.