18 Parks near Bass Harbor, Maine
Aug 2016 - $50.00
We stayed here to see a different part of Acadia. Very close to Bass Harbor Lighthouse, so frequent photo visits were easy. Saw parts of Acadia and surrounding area that are terrific. Harbors, small towns. BUT - a long drive to Bar Harbor and park entrance. This park is old, run down, and they don't put much into maintenance. Bathhouse is clean. Water pressure up and down like a yo-yo. This is a CAMPGROUND, not an RV park. Spaces are tight and challenging to get into. Took us 15 minutes to back into our space, finally called it quits and swung around and came through the site behind us, like a pull-through. Only way we could get into our site. Have no idea how we will get out. Wi-fi some of the worst we have ever experienced. On and off, more off than on. Suddenly dropped from strong signal, then cannot get back on. Pathetic. In our opinion, the $50 a night is OUTRAGEOUS. Only discount is stay six nights and get seventh night free during tourist season. Would have happily paid the same or a bit more up nearer to the entrance to Acadia. Very disappointing place. Would not recommend under any circumstances - many other nicer parks for similar amounts. The whole northeast is one huge price gouge, in our experience. But then, we have only been full-timing for two years, and have stayed in RV parks from Florida to California to Alaska to Maine. - RobsRVPicks
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
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
Sep 2016 - $40.00
This is our second time here. Last fall we stayed in a cabin. This fall we brought our travel trailer. From making the reservation online to the check-in process, the people here have been accommodating and helpful. The campground is clean and well maintained. They obviously take pride in their facility. Garbage areas are neat and clean, there is a doggy station for pet waste disposal, the pool area looked great, the playground looks new and the options in it are quite diverse. Those in tents have several options, from secluded wooded areas to sites closer to the bathroom. Full hook-up sites are a bit closer together, with some having cement pads. Other sites have gravel and/or grass on them. Our site needed no blocks etc - perfectly level. We will continue to come here each fall. - Genny
Aug 2016 - $54.00
Smuggler's Den is a large RV park near Acadia National Park. We had a back-in site near the front, but traffic noise was not an issue. Management people were very nice and the store was stocked with some essentials, and a few goodies. Our site was mostly shady but enough sun to keep some grass growing, a nice picnic table and fire-pit, and all hookups were good. The WiFi was good most of the time, but there was almost no cell phone signal. The restrooms/showers were a bit dated but clean, as was the laundry area (a bit pricey). The pool and playground area looked clean and were fairly busy. We would definitely stay here again. - RobtL
Jul 2016 - $67.00
Southwest Harbor is on Desert Island, and is right next to Bar Harbor. Bar Harbor is on the opposite side of Desert Island from Bar Harbor. Bar Harbor is the touristy side of the island, and Southwest Harbor is the "quiet" side. The sites are decent size, but the interior roads are a bit narrow. One issue here was that the hookups were all way in the back of the site, so extra sewer hose is a good idea here. We had a premium site that was a paved back in with patio. The trees were a little thick, but we managed to get satellite by using my cell phone app to locate the Direct TV satellites. The restrooms were clean, but not handicapped accessible. High thresholds and small doors would make it impossible for wheel chair access. We paid $67 a night which is a bit pricey, but this is one of those places where location is key. This park is in close proximity to Acadia National Park, and we went into the park several days in different directions. This area is amazingly scenic and we did a lot of driving and hiking to take in the fabulous vistas. Exploring Bar Harbor was also a lot of fun, we sampled some of the local eateries. We had an end site, #122 which is also right across from the pool. Sometimes a site near the pool is noisy, but we never had a problem even though the pool was popular all day long. The campground offers good strong WiFi, which was important as the Verizon air card struggled during the day. We used the park WiFi during the days and at night like after 7 PM I could switch back to our WiFi. One unusual feature here was that the area's municipal bus line ran into the park to pick up and drop off passengers. If you were a bus rider it was convenient, but seeing the bus go by our site several times a day was a bit odd. I got used to it eventually. - SargeW
Oct 2016 - $30.00
We stayed for two nights. Sites are very woodsy and private. You feel like you are in a state park. Pit toilets throughout. Clean. Hot showers available at office. Also free dvds and books to borrow. Does not accommodate big buses. Has electric only but has a dump station available. Trail down to beautiful ocean. You cannot see ocean from sites.
Owner wonderful and available for any questions. - Paige Taylor
Sep 2016 - $30.00
If you desire FHU, TV and campsite wifi, you should look elsewhere. If you want a quiet, forested campsite away from the crowds on a peninsula unspoiled by tourist attractions, come here. The owners were exceptionally friendly. The campground is more like what you would find in a national park. The electric sites have 30A outlets (no breakers), a fire rings and picnic tables. There are rustic privies scattered around the 1-way gravel loop road. Dump station on loop near exit. Owners offered the use of tow-able blueboy if we needed to offload some gray water during our stay in lieu of towing the trailer out and back.
Showers are located at the office at the front end of the loop. We were here mid-week after Labor Day and this was a very quiet campground and while we had neighbors, there was almost no traffic on the loop. A foot path leads to a stone beach. We were able to receive 1 national network channel (CBS) and a handful of secondary ones. It may be possible to use DISH/Direct on some sites with an open view. We were at the opposite end of the loop from the office so the wifi didn't reach. The thinning of the brush and trees is still a work in progress. - Trailbuddy
Jun 2016 - $30.00
Location, location, location. As with all real estate the most important aspect. This place in an ideal location for exploring one of Maine's more unspoiled peninsulas. I noted that almost everyone there had Maine license plates. Indicative, as usual, that the locals are the first to find the good places. The campground is only two years old and is still a work in progress. Site was level enough with only 30 amp electrical available. There is an adjacent typical unspoiled Maine beach, beautiful, rocky and very cold water. You can't find a more enthusiastic ownership complete with the attitude to do whatever it takes to satisfy. Nearby lobster pond was a great experience. We brought and enjoyed our own wine. We noticed the group next to us did it right. They brought wine, salad, napkins and table cloth. Great stay hope to someday come back. - plove
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 2016 - $15.00
Acadia National Park - Blackwoods Campground
Two Loops A with 152 sites and B with 138. Cost $30 and with the Golden Age Pass half that fee. No services, clean bathrooms available which are old and showers can be found right outside the campground entrance for a fee. There is a small grocery store right outside the entrance as well with wood and a lobster pit. The free LLBean shuttles pick you up at the campground from the last week in June until Columbus Day to take you all around the island. I have reviewed this campground as well as Seawall in Southwest Harbor many times over the years and not much has changed. Make reservations because at Blackwoods they have limited RV sites and do not seem to be putting even small units in some tent sites in which they would fit. We love this campground, it's beauty, the ranger talks, the walk down to the cliffs on Loop Road and hiking. So much to do in the area with Jordan Pond, Bar Harbor, Sand Beach, Ranger walks and talks, tours to the islands from Bar Harbor, Northeast and Southwest Harbors. This is just a great National Park. This fall though it was the most crowded that we have seen it in almost 30-40 years of camping here. The Loop Road had cars parked and backed up on the side of the road and there were many traffic jams. Jordan Pond parking lot was full before noon and many hiking trails parking lots were full before 8 am. Acadia now has three great campgrounds - Blackwoods, Seawall and the new one Schoodic Woods. Blackwoods is the closest to Bar Harbor and the Loop Road so we always stay here at least three nights and many times visit the others for two or more nights. Reservations are needed for all three especially for RV's. Yes, you can get in sometimes just showing up but you have to keep going down the next morning to check if any sites are available and if you have to move. Everyone should camp in Acadia National Park and enjoy it as much as we do. - gsnakehill
Aug 2016 - $30.00
Acadia is awesome, . . . and if you want to stay in the park near the main areas, this is your choice. Campground was old, and some of the sites were close and had trees to navigate. The roads and turns are not 'big rig' friendly in my opinion. However, for the small/medium units, more than adequate. You can hike or bike from the campground, but plan your trip. Biking is one way on the park loop road and would be tough to get back unless you load onto the shuttle bus. We opted to drive to our bike/hiking trails and then drive back.
Some sites are set up backwards (ours was). The picnic table and fire ring were on the drivers side (utility side) of our trailer. If you like your table and campfire right outside your door ask the ranger before he assigns your site. - brentp
Jul 2016 - $15.00
Spent weekend at Acadia National Park at Blackwoods CG. Wonderful, typical national park campsite. Trees and environment made you think you were in an alpine area. CG has 275 campsites with 25 pull-thrus that accommodate 35 ft. RVs. No hook-up, but that's OK - location makes up for it. Easy access to park roads and trails. Be sure to enter off of route 3. Bar Harbor can be crowded during high season. We had lunch in Northeast Harbor. Less crowds and fun places. - Al Z
Oct 2016 - $96.00
The facilities, grounds and surrounding area is very well maintained. The staff were very friendly and made our stay enjoyable. Lobsters/clams cooked every night on the grounds. "Pie Guy" drives through between 5-7p. Free bus service from the campground to many locations on the island and within Acadia park. The only down side is the prices keep rising every year. - Tony Burns
Sep 2016 - $93.00
Good wifi, beautiful sunsets. Not very well signed for people entering, as they kept parking in front of our site and asked us where to check in. - Maltaman
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
Aug 2016 - $70.00
The name "Woodlands" is very accurate and descriptive. We had one of only 3 or 4 sites that was not heavily treed and shaded. This is the direct opposite of their sister CG (Oceanside KOA) about 1.5 miles away. We prefer this type of layout. The "forest" setting provided us a new found appreciation of star gazing. The trees blocked all outside sources of light so the view of the sky was spectacular. Only going to Cadillac Mountain could have been better. Since star gazing is what I remember most, you can rightly assume I have no complaints about the CG itself. This is where we'll be when we return to Acadia. - campiflo
Aug 2016 - $72.00
This campground is part of a corporate pairing with the Oceanside KOA. This is mostly tent camping oriented. Our FHU site will very level. Electric, water and sewer worked correctly. WiFi was fine during the day, but slowed at night when the families returned from touring. Verizon and ATT, both data and voice was weak. You needed to step outside the TT to get a good steady signal. Campground staff are very friendly and you can get one gentleman going in a heart beat. Someone called him an Irishman, and now..... (Hopefully, someone mopped the floor in the laundry room by now.) - moderate camper
Jun 2016 - $50.00
Staff was very friendly and accommodating. They always had a wave and a smile. The grounds were spotless. Site was level and grassy. Bathroom and laundry room were very clean. WI-FI was very spotty. Needed to walk to the office area to get it. Wish they were open later in the season, as we return to Maine in the fall. - Genny
Oct 2016 - $1.00
Park is located just as you get onto Mount Desert Island. Good location for all sites on the island: Bar Harbor, Acadia National Park, etc.
Sites were easy to get into, services well located. Park is well laid out and easy to navigate.
Not having sewer maybe an issue for long stay. We were only 3 nights & dump station was easy to access on the way out. - Our-Wandering-Casa
Oct 2016 - $56.00
Restrooms are oldrer and need updating. Surface roads nedd maintenance are updating. Laundry needs more cleaning. Interior roads are ok, but coulduse maintenance and updating. - JOHNGW
Aug 2016 - $1.00
The staff was very friendly and helpful. We only stayed 2 nights but will definitely return. We had a nice view of the ocean from our site (356). The cable and free wifi worked very well.
For short stays: there is a dump station. Some sites are FHU but ours was water/elec/cable only, no sewer. Power was good. No issues. Ranged from 118-123 on my Digital meter over 2 days. We were here under Thousand Trails choice vacation (free stay for us).
MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A GOOD WATER FILTER! We had been in places not needing any filter, so our cartridge was out. The water here has very high iron content and came in very rust colored!! I installed our water entrance filter cartridge and that took care of it, cleared it up ok.
Some of the roads and turns into sites are a bit tight so be careful when maneuvering. - HomeOnWheels_US