The Ultimate Guide to Camping in Acadia National Park

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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.

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Here is everything you need to know about front-country camping in Acadia National Park.

Further Reading – Five Books to Read Before Visiting Acadia

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
Trenton Camping
  • Narrows Too Camping Resort
  • Timberland Acres RV Park
Camping Near Schoodic Peninsula
  • Mountainview Campground
  • Acadia East Campground
Isle au Haut Camping
  • Old Quarry Campground

Acadia Campgrounds

** All Campground prices are valid as of 02 Feb 2019.

Blackwoods Campground

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.

Season Year Around 
Number of Sites 302 individual sites & 4 group sites (ADA individual sites available)
Fee per night

April 1 – 30 – $15 per individual site

May 1 – October 20 -$30 per individual site

October 21 – November 30 – $15 per individual site

December to March – Free

May 1 – October 20 -$60 per group site

Reservations Available Only available from May 1 to October 20
Max RV Length 35 feet max, varies per site
RV Hook-up No
Restrooms

Flush Toilets – Summer Only

Portable Toilets – Winter

Water Year-round
Showers Available in Bar Harbor
Max Length of Stay 14  Days
Wheelchair Accessibility Yes
Wifi on Property No
Laundry Facilities No
Pets Allowed Yes, but please review the Acadia National Park Pet Policy
Typical Fill Time

From May to October, the campground generally all sites are reserved.

During good weather in March and November, the campground will fill in the early morning.

A limited number of sites are available from late October to the end of March.  The campground is closed to automobiles and you have to hike 1-mile in. Learn more about winter camping.

Closest General Store  Bar Harbor

Seawall Campground

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.

Season Mid-May to October 15
Number of Sites 200 individual sites & 5 group sites (ADA individual sites available)
Fee per night

Walk-in Tent Sites – $22

Drive-up Sites – $30

Group Sites – $60

Reservations Available Yes
Max RV Length 35 feet max, varies per site
RV Hook-up No
Restrooms Flush Toilets
Water When Open
Showers Available in Bar Harbor
Max Length of Stay 14  Days
Wheelchair Accessibility Yes
Wifi on Property No
Laundry Facilities No
Pets Allowed Yes, but please review the Acadia National Park Pet Policy
Typical Fill Time From May to October, the campground generally all sites are reserved.
Closest General Store  Southwest 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.

Season Mid-May to October 15
Number of Sites 94 individual sites & 2 group sites (ADA individual sites available)
Fee per night

Walk-in Tent Sites – $22

Drive-up Sites – $30

Electric Sites – $36

Full hook-up – $40

Group Sites – $60

Reservations Available Required
Max RV Length 53 feet max, varies per site
RV Hook-up Available (48 Electric sites and 31 Full Hookup)
Restrooms Flush Toilets
Water When Open
Showers Available in Winter Harbor
Max Length of Stay 14  Days
Wheelchair Accessibility Yes
Wifi on Property No
Laundry Facilities No
Pets Allowed Yes, but please review the Acadia National Park Pet Policy
Typical Fill Time From May to October, the campground generally all sites are reserved.
Closest General Store  Winter Harbor

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.

Season May 15 to October 15
Number of Sites 5 individual sites (limited to 6 people per site)
Fee per night Free
Reservations Available Required
Max RV Length No
RV Hook-up No
Restrooms Composting Toilets
Water Hand Pump
Showers No
Max Length of Stay 3 nights / 4 days
Wheelchair Accessibility No
Wifi on Property No
Laundry Facilities No
Pets Allowed No
Typical Fill Time Advanced reservations required
Closest General Store  Stonington

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Jennifer has been obsessed with national parks as a child.  This Tennessee native spent her childhood exploring the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and traveling with her parents to National Parks and around the Caribbean.  She is always planning her next adventure and is ready to see the world while trying to visit all 59 National Park (*She is ignoring the hunk of concrete that just became a national park).

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