23 Parks near Bar Harbor, Maine
Sep 2015 - $44.00
We were told to arrive at noon in order to find a space in this "no reservations" campground. When we arrived there was only one space left that would accommodate our big rig. We overheard a phone conversation where people were being told to arrive at 9:00 am which would require that you spend the previous night fairly close by. People drive around and around waiting for a space to open up. We weren't happy with the narrow space we were stuffed into but the window-side neighbors left after 2 days and it was much better. We weren't covered by trees so had good wifi and antenna-TV. Office staff very nice. Great place to walk. Distant view of ocean from top of hill. Area is beautiful but so over-crowded we will not return unless it's out of season. Would stay at this campground again. - all4pets
Aug 2015 - $38.00
This is the campground which does not take reservations. You arrive in the morning, by 9:00 a.m. if possible during the busy season. You get a map at the desk and then drive around looking for an empty site. When you find one, you leave something like a chair on the site to show it has been taken, drive back to the office, and pay cash or by check. I did not mind the process and found an adequate site and then moved to a much better ocean-view site the next day. Note that ocean-view does not mean you are close to the ocean or walk down to it. Office staff were very helpful, and I took advantage of the pay-for-six-days-and-get-the-seventh-free deal. Roads were paved, but sites were gravel. It was quite a walk to the office to catch the island shuttle, but a real treat to let someone else do the driving! I really liked this place and will stay again if I come to this area. Excellent Verizon voice and data access, which was very pleasant. Another benefit is that you are close to town-no paved shoulders or bike path, but the shuttle rides were short ones. - judy_online
Aug 2015 - $44.00
The Bar Harbor area was very busy during our stay so let me begin by saying I was happy to find a site, any site. This park is designed for tents and small campers. Very few sites for big rigs and very few full hook-ups. Our site was so small we could not put out our awning and didn't even have room to sit in a chair beside the RV; only cramped space for picnic table behind RV. There was a fire ring but too close to RV and picnic table to use it. The area we were in was basically a gravel parking lot...no shade and certainly nothing scenic. Most even smaller sites are in wooded area...lots of shade there. There are a very few sites on a hilltop that have a bit of an ocean view as the campground advertises but, especially since they don't take reservations, the chances of getting one of those coveted spots are almost nonexistent. - Heart
Jul 2016 - $85.00
Friendly staff. Beautiful waterfront views if your site is on the waterfront. If not, you are in an overcrowded very tight campsite/no shade. Very little space b/n sites. We didn't have room to put up our usual canopy and our view was a closeup of the back of our neighbors RV and sewer pipes. We are used to more private/shaded sites so this was a challenge for us. But, looking beyond that we had hours of fun finding shells and creatures in the tide pools and the man cooking lobster right there at night was awesome and his prices were reasonable. The area of Bar Harbor and Acadia park is beautiful and super pet friendly! We would like to return but would make sure we had a waterfront site for the space and views! - tzumatto
Jul 2016 - $70.00
The park has several sites on the war we which are beautiful. We were first in 206 which wasn't on the water but did have a view of the water. The dog park was small but nice. We didn't use it but there was a cafe to purchase food including boiled lobster for dinner! We enjoyed Bar Harbor and Acadia so much we decided to stay an extra night. We were told there weren't any spots available. We double checked online and we're able to find a spot, we went back to the office this time they found it. We aren't sure why they wouldn't have wanted to work harder to find us a spot??? Other than that experience we enjoyed our stay, just wish that the sites would have had full hookups for the price. - 4RollingGs
Oct 2015 - $86.00
The campground is located right on the ocean, so the views are very nice. If you are willing to pay $96 (w/o discount) for ocean front view, then this is your place. We visited in early October, so the campground's occupancy was lighter than normal. We were able to find an ocean front site without reservation due to the time of the year but we were told that these sites are pretty much impossible to get during the summer without reservations made months in advance.
This is a typical KOA, a "McCampground" with all the amenities as well as the tight sites and lack of privacy experience. It is nicely kept, clean, the staff is super nice and driving around the island and seeing what other campgrounds look like, this KOA is probably the smart choice.
Probably the very best site is 272, right on the ocean and away from other sites. We stayed in site 343 which I would probably say it ranks in the top 5. Overall, it was a nice experience because it was not too crowded or noisy. - Catalina W
Jul 2016 - $42.00
Really nice place and very friendly and helpful staff at the office. Had a really nice site. The only issue was the bathrooms were so tight between the toilet and door you had to squeeze between the two. The doors do not come out far enough. Fine if you are a child, but not an adult. I would change that for sure. Also, need the toilet cover seats so you don't have to use tons of toilet paper to cover the toilet. Also, the pool was supposed to be heated as promised, but the water was freezing. - Travelgirl2008
Jul 2016 - $43.00
Great campsite close to Acadia National Park. The only negative is their internet is weak but they state that on their website and check in. It is strong right next to the office/pool/laundry.
We stayed here 5 nights and while visiting Acadia National Park. So close. Very friendly workers and people in the office. The sell post cards AND stamps and mail them right there too. The Island bus stops in the camp ground to take you all over the Island. We didn't use it but many people did.
A very nice campground. I would stay here again! - aka4170
Jun 2016 - $46.00
We spent 6 nights here and loved it. It's very convenient to Acadia National Park, and the island's free shuttle bus stops here as well. The campground is clean and well kept up. The pool and restrooms were clean. The staff were very friendly. The sites are spacious, and there are lots of choices between shady or sunny sites. Ours was nice and shady. The sites are gravel pads with grass, and fire ring, and a picnic table. The only downsides for us were that you have to pay for showers (which we didn't use), and the washing machines are very expensive. We'd stay here again. - Ursula A
Jul 2016 - $45.00
Nice location for touring Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor. Pretty view and sunsets. Sites are unlevel and close together. Not very flexible about requesting a site move even though sites were available. The bus stop is convenient for transportation. - EllieH55
Jun 2016 - $30.00
This is a somewhat older park. The sites are a little too close for us - not a lot of room to put put lawn chairs. They do have fire rings at all of the sites.
Our original site that was a "standard" site with electric and water only (which is the one that is on the Passport America discount). The electric did not work. They moved is to a different site which wound up being one of their premier sites. This was nice as it gave us 50 amp service, cable and a sewer hookup.
The laundry machines need to have some repairs. There are 5 washers but only 2 were working.
Also the pop machine in the laundry and the one at one of the bathroom buildings are not working. These are usually handled by the pop distributor but they need to be notified.
Overall if is a nice park and due to the fact it is in a tourist area they can demand the higher prices. We would not have stayed here if it had not been for the Passport discount. - prstlkid
Oct 2015 - $52.00
Had a site right on the water. Even though waterfront sites only have power and water, we loved it! The staff was cordial and the grounds well maintained. - Joe-n-Doe
Jul 2010 - $35.00
A nice small clean RV park. Sites and interior roads are gravel. Good 50 amp power, WiFi worked 99% of the time, and site T-6 was clear of trees so our satellite dish worked. The owners/managers were gone most of the time but that did not cause any problems for us. The location of the park is away from the noise and crowds. We camped here for a week in a big rig. The only complaint I have: there is a lot of road construction going on around Ellsworth and this caused some delays. That complaint doesn’t really have anything to do with the campground. We would camp here again. The $35/day rate included discounts. - pcguy
Oct 2008 - $21.00
We stayed two nights. It was near season's end, and the place was a shambles and very untidy. We used Passport rate and so received a 50% discount. Had there been another location close by, we would have moved. We would not stay there again. - rhontrevham
Sep 2007 - $20.00
We spent three nights here using as a base camp to visit the Bar Harbor/Acadia area. It sits back in the woods and because of the unpaved roads it was dusty. You could say it has two levels; the top is kind of an open field with little of no shade and the bottom part is shaded with lots of trees and quiet. We stayed on the bottom level and it was somewhat tight for my 34 ft 5th wheel but not a challenge. Not sure how old the campground is but it seemed new rather new because it had fresh cut trees and some of the lower sites had more than usual brush between them.. The site I had was nice and I had no problems with my hook ups. The restrooms were very clean and it had nice laundry facilities. Didn't seem to have much for kids to do. For the price $20 (Passport Campground) it was nice and close to the area's attractions and met our needs as a base camp. - pappytx
Sep 2012 - $70.00
We park on top of hill. I wouldn't suggest big rigs for upper loop. Strange setup of campsites. We arrived in dark with two RV (one 19'TT and one 31' FW). Neither sites were easy to setup in. Electric and water hookups were in wrong places, needed extra cords and hoses required to reach. No dump station or sewer hookups. You would need to used Acadia NP campground with an additional fee for park pass. Bathrooms clean, but extra charge for hot water in shower. Extra charge for big rigs, not worth it without any extra amenities, such as, hot water, dump station or sewer hookup. Staff friendly. Good location. I would not camp here again or recommend. Good views from our campsites. The campground was pretty empty due to end of season. - Ridingtheroads
May 2012 - $60.00
A very beautiful campground. We were located above the rock quarry with a view of the sound. Very close to the national park as well as Bar Harbor. We had a large site which was fairly level and shaded. The grocery store was close by. I would have rated this place higher but I had some concerns. First you had to pay extra for hot water for your showers and for dumping. I thought the high rate should have covered that. I was told everyone in the area charges the same. Be prepared. Second concern was for security. Our site was about 20ft from a neighborhood road. There should have been a fence separating us. - kenbarbie
Aug 2011 - $58.00
We chose this particular campground because of its location on the "quiet side" of the island near where I wanted to take a lot of photos. The campground is much better suited to tent camping than to RV's. I guess I didn't do my homework thoroughly as we a few "add on" charges I didn't anticipate. The dump station costs extra according to your unit size! The Wi-Fi was down and not available until our last day here. The only bathhouse was fairly new but not at all well maintained. There were many porta-potties spread throughout the tent only camping area. The staff was quite friendly but the office was often unattended and they had very few items for sale. Some RV sites would be difficult to maneuver into but we had a nice level site with easy access. - gilr
Sep 2013 - $20.00
Nice campground. No hookups or TV reception. Verizon phone iffy, no hot spot. The campground is in the National Park but is really 35 minutes drive from about anywhere. I would recommend staying in one of the private campgrounds near Bar Harbor which is much closer to the park, it's scenic drive and hiking. - JimSC
Jul 2011 - $20.00
A very good location for the park. Can be a little hard to find. The sites are easy to enter. - nto
Jun 2011 - $10.00
Liked the privacy, but no electric, no showers and no water hookups. - Tampajohn
Jun 2016 - $56.00
Pros: Great Staff, Clean, Views, almost like being in Acadia NP its so close, nicely heated pool, bus picks up there. Some activities.
Cons: Gravel/Dirt roads, gravel sites with some beachy weeds, dusty, cars do not follow 5M signs and make too much dust. Wifi did not work the whole two weeks we were there.
It is a great location for see Acadia NP and I would stay again. It is expensive for what you get. I just wish they would pave the roads through the park. - User3274
Oct 2015 - $101.00
This is a fairly well maintained campground, staff were helpful at check in. The interior road is gravel with some pot holes, big rig access was fair. Our premium water front site was spacious, level, gravel and grass, well shaded and screened from neighbors, we had a picnic table and fire ring, plenty of space for our towed. We pulled into the back in site to take advantage of the superb water view, which meant running utilities under the coach. Bathrooms were clean however, disappointing for this class of campground, the laundry was clean and well equipped. Pet friendly but no doggie bags or disposal stations. WiFi was an extra cost, which is outrageous considering the price of this campground, there was however a free hot spot in the clubhouse, AT&T cell was okay. Plenty of food stores and restaurants about 6 miles down the road, the campground is ideally placed for exploring Mount Desert Island, and Bar Harbor area. There is some noise from the small local airport, which did not bother us. This campground is all about the view and is way overpriced for the amenities offered, there are more reasonable alternatives in the area, however, this late in the season most of them have already shut down. If not for the view we would have rated this campground lower. - tobyjug
Sep 2015 - $19.00
Spaceous RV park with widely spaced gravel sites and a grassy area in between. Very open, no shade. Surrounded by trees with the bay on the East side of the park. The pull-thru sites provide AM sun and a view of the bay and have full hookups, cable TV and a picnic table. Some sites have fire pits. Good location to park your RV on the mainland side of Bar Harbor and Acadia NP, avoiding the heavy traffic in and out of the island. Our $19 rate reflects our RPI membership rate. - Michael Kibler
Jul 2016 - $45.00
Friendly staff and owner. Having the free shuttle bus stop at the campground is a wonderful service. - rst6
Jul 2016 - $34.00
Bass Harbor is a nice getaway on southwest Mount Desert Island. Close to the ocean, it's cool and breezy and the humidity isn't bothersome. They are well-organized and offer a restful environment. Our space 326 is shaded by pitch pines, so you must wash the sap off car and trailer. The office lent us a honey wagon to empty our sewage, but there are plenty of spaces with sewer hookups. Kids have their own playground. Outside sinks helped BBQ wash-up. Showers are always hot. Trash and recycling available. So close to the ocean you can hear the fishing boats, fog horns and bells. Sites are grassy with good access and pretty level.
Staff are very friendly and keep the place in good shape. We had campfires every night in the rock-lined fire pits and cooked in the coals. The bugs weren't that bad since this place often has a breeze.
This campground doesn't refund early departures or rainouts and you must pay upfront, so plan ahead.
Watch out for traffic; the roads are filled with people and vehicles. Most roads are narrow, two lane, so drive carefully with trailers and RVs. - Dick and Linda
Aug 2015 - $45.00
Nice staff and location is wonderful. The cleanliness of the bath house is fantastic and the free shuttle bus around the island (Acadia National Park) is a great service. - rst6