Sitting on the island on the Maine coast, Acadia National Park is a gem of the northeast. Acadia National Park covers about half of Mount Desert Island and part of the Schoodic Peninsula. The park is famed for its sunrises and coastal zones. Camping in Acadia National Park lets you get a jump on the crowds and start exploring the park.
Here is everything you need to know about front-country camping in Acadia National Park.
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Acadia National Park Camping
Things to Know about Acadia National Park
- Camping is available year around. Only one park campground is open year around.
- Reservations are highly recommended. From mid-June through mid-October all campground are full or near capacity every night. Walk-in space is non-existent.
- If driving a long RV, please note the bridge heights limits and size limit on the roads. RV’s in campsite are limited to 35 ft.
- Quiet Hours are 10 pm to 6 am. Generators may only be operated from 8 am to 10 am, and 4 pm to 8 p
- Most campsites can have up to 8 people. There is space for two tents and two vehicles at the campsite (except for walk-in sites). The campsite has a picnic table.
- Camp Fires are limited to fire grates. Please do NOT transport firewood. Buy it where you burn it. Please double check the fire regulations and ensure your fire is completely out before going to bed.
- Store all food items in your car. Please do NOT leave any food, utensils out, or any scented items. This includes toothpaste, toothbrush, chapstick. Pretty much put everything but what you are going to sleep in your car. Acadia National Park campground have had issues with wildlife eating human food. Properly secure all items so no wildlife can get it
Getting to Acadia National Park
Acadia National Park is accessible from I-95. It is a 4.5-hour drive from Boston, Massachusetts to Acadia and a 1-hour drive from Bangor, Maine to Acadia.
If you would like to fly, you have two options. You can fly into Boston’s Logan International Airport or Bangor International Airport and rent a car. There are flights from Boston to the Hancock County Airport. Hancock Airport is located 10 miles from Acadia National Park. There are car rentals in Hancock and during the summer, you can save on the rental car and use Island Explorer Shuttle to get around the park.
Where to camp in in Acadia National Park?
Campgrounds in Acadia National Park
- Blackwoods Campground
- Seawall Campground
- Schoodic Woods Campground
- Duck Harbor Campground
Campgrounds near Acadia National Park
Bar Harbor Camping
- Mount Desert Campground
- Bar Harbor Oceanside KOA
- Mount Desert Narrows Camping Resort
- Bar Harbor Campground
- Bar Harbor Woodlands KOA
- Hadley’s Point Campground
Southwest Harbor Camping
- Somes Sound View Campground
- Echo Lake Camp
- Smuggler’s Den Campground
Bass Harbor Camping
- Quietside Campground
- Bass Harbor Campground
- Narrows Too Camping Resort
- Timberland Acres RV Park
Camping Near Schoodic Peninsula
- Mountainview Campground
- Acadia East Campground
Isle au Haut Camping
- Old Quarry Campground
** All Campground prices are valid as of 02 Feb 2019.
Blackwoods Campground is the largest of the Acadia Campground. The campground is located 5 miles south of Bar Harbor. The campground is located along the Park Loop Road and a few of the best hiking trails.
Seawall Campground is located on the western side of Mount Desert Island. The campground is 4 miles south of Southwest Harbor and about 18 miles southwest of Bar Harbor.
Schoodic Woods Campground
Schoodic Woods is located on the Schoodic Peninsula and is separate from Mount Desert Island. It is a 43-mile drive to Bar Harbor from Schoodic. This campground is a spacious campground with space between each campsite. No campfires are allowed at the walk-in sites.
Duck Harbor Campground
Duck Harbor Campground is located on the rugged Isle au Haut. This small island is located off the coast of Stonington, Maine. The site is only accessible by private boat and ferry. Camping on the island is limited to once per year. These are primitive sites. Party size is limited to six people. Each site comes with a lean-to shelter with three-sides and roof and floor. All tents must fit in the shelter. The shelter is 8 feet deep and 12.5 feet wide. You must carry in all supplies except firewood. Dead and downed wood by be collected near the campground for a fire.
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