23 Parks near Southwest Harbor, Maine
Sep 2015 - $50.00
This park is big rig friendly, close to Acadia National park, and very quiet. There is ample room between sites, some open, and some wooded sites. Some sites have concert slabs that are plenty large. The electrical is 50/30 amp, with 40psi water pressure. Sewer hookups are at the correct height and placement. This park is dog friendly with a huge mowed field for exercise. There are several trails to hike on and you are very close to Acadia park trails. The bath rooms are clean and the showers have ample hot water and are free. The ocean is about a 15 minute drive. They sell fresh Maine lobster at the CG store and have pots available for cooking the lobster. Most sites have a large picnic table and fire ring. The staff is friendly. $50 per night seems a bit high, but the CG is in a prime location. I would have given the CG a score of 10 had it featured a view of the ocean or mountains. We will stay here again. - Lakeside013104
Sep 2015 - $40.00
Nice, quiet park with many permanent residents. We had a fairly level site near the front of the park. Clean restrooms with hot showers. The free Island Explorer Bus stops in the campground and takes about 30 minutes to get to Village Green in Bar harbor. The bus is on a limited schedule after Labor Day, but it is still the best way to get to town. - Alicenpete
Jul 2015 - $60.00
Great, clean, well run campground with large sites. About 15-20 minutes to downtown Bar Harbor. Only 1 mile to Southwest Harbor. Shuttle service seems to run pretty regularly but we didn't use it. Everything was very clean. From planning and booking to check in, the staff was very efficient and helpful. We had 6 families in our group. They were very helpful with group booking. The camp store doesn't have much other than some basic necessities but there's a market less than a 1/2 mile away. They DO sell fresh lobsters right in the camp store and provide the pot and claw crackers free of charge to borrow. Wifi was decent. Close to hiking trails and ponds for kayaking. We would def stay here again and recommend to others. - RVingMama
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
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
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
Jun 2015 - $10.00
Boondock camping as in no water, sewer, or electric, but there is a dump station. Lots of sites, especially tent sites. Weather was wet and cold but that is not the park's fault. Sites are in the woods. - 1coloradan
Sep 2014 - $10.00
Quiet NPS campground near Bar Harbor, all sites are wooded fairly short, including our pull through, just long enough for our 29' class c & toad. Staff at the check-in are friendly & helpful. Some nice hiking trails right from the campgrounds. Our rate was with the Senior Pass. There are no hookups here which is normal for a NP campground, there is a dump station & water fill. There are clean bathrooms, but no showers, nearest showers are just outside of the entrance for a fee. If in the area again, we will stay here. - bukhrn
Sep 2014 - $10.00
We have stayed here about twenty times over the last 30 years and written many reviews. There are two campgrounds in the Park - this one near Northeast Harbor and Seawall near Southwest Harbor. Acadia is now rated the #1 National Park and is one of our favorites. No hookups in the park but the bathrooms have been redone and are nice and clean. Private showers are outside the campgrounds for a fee. L.L.Bean runs free shuttles around the island from mid June through Columbus Day Weekend. The shuttle comes every 30 minutes and connects to other shuttles that take you to the Visitor Center, Bar Harbor, Northeast and Southwest Harbors. Two shuttles run the loop road and make stops at all the lookouts - Sand Beach, Thunderhole, Otter Point, Jordan Pond, Eagle Pond, and many other places. It is great. The last shuttles drops off at the campground near 9 PM. These shuttles also pick up at all the campgrounds, motels , and resorts on the island. We just spent a week there this fall and the weather was perfect and the lobster rolls were yummy. A great place to visit for ranger talks at night, hikes, walks, drives, sailing etc. In the fall, cruise ships come into Bar Harbor during the week and you can see these ships from town and on the Loop Road. Golden Age pass gets you onto the Loop Road for free and 50% off camping rates so per night it was $10 for us. This campground is closer to Bar Harbor than Seawall and it has a great walk down to the cliffs to sit and watch the waves. Blackwoods takes reservations and you need them because some sites RVs cannot fit in. You reserve a spot but not a specific site. Seawall campground now takes reservations for the first time this year and they redid the RV camping sites there about four or five years ago and they are great. The National Park Service is now building a campground in the other part of Acadia NP north of Ellsworth off the mainland - about 130 sites opening next summer. This section does not get many visitors and the roads are kind of narrow but it is beautiful over there and they will be running 30 minutes shuttles around there next year. Great place to camp especially in the fall! - gsnakehill
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 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 2014 - $72.00
Very nice park with friendly people. The park had good Internet and TV, full hookup with 30 amp service. Our site was dirt/gravel and woods. The facilities/amenities were very nice. The only negative for us was that is over-priced. The park was close to Acadia and Bar Harbor. - rvjubilee
Aug 2013 - $65.00
Nice campground. Convenient to Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor. Trolley stops inside campground. Very clean heated pool. Friendly staff. The newer bathrooms were very clean. The older ones show their age. Lots of wooded tent camping sites. Store could use some variety. Price reflects Koa Kamper Kabin rate. - McNamara's Band
Jul 2012 - $71.00
Nice wooded camping with large sites. Found it a little expensive. - ElaineGB
Jul 2016 - $44.00
We very much enjoyed our stay here and the location (close to Acadia and Bar Harbor Village) made for very convenient outings. We would rate this campground much higher if it had more full hookup sites for big rigs and if our Electric/Water site had been level. We were blocked up pretty good and still couldn't get level. Same with our immediate neighbors. No reservations are accepted and the full hookup sites were full the full length of our stay. As it turns out, we benefited from the no reservation policy because we had to stay here an additional 5 days waiting, on a day-to-day basis, for our motor home windshield to arrive so it could be replaced due to damage sustained on the road. Except for the July 4 weekend itself, all other days there were ample sites available, just not many for big rigs. Once during our stay we had trouble with the electric but they responded within about 15 minutes and replaced the receptacle. We used the Island Explorer to ride free directly from the campground throughout Acadia National Park and the island. It was wonderful. Lots of restaurants and ice cream near the campground. Good dry campfire wood available in lots of places right along the highway near the campground at prices cheaper than the campground. Propane is available at the campground. - MissMyGolden
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