ACADIA NATIONAL PARK CAMPGROUNDS

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BLACKWOODS CAMPGROUND

Blackwood's Campground is the main campground within Acadia National Park, and it is also the most popular,mainly because of its location.  It is located in the tiny village of Otter Creek, along route 3.  It is a short drive away from the popular town of Bar Harbor, whose streets are lined with gift shops, places to eat, and other unique shops. 

 

 In season,Blackwoods campground is open from May 1st to October 31st of each year, and fees are $20 per night.  In the off season it is open from December 1st to March 31st of each year, and fees are $10 per night

 

 

Blackwoods campground has 306 sites and group camping is available by reservation.  There are no hookups or utilities available. 

There are rest rooms with running water and wall plugins for charging phones, and coin hot  showers are available across the roadway from the campground (privately operated).

 

There are evening campfire programs and the campground is serviced by the free island explorer buses  right up until late evening throughout the week for free trips into town.

The Start of the Southwest hiking trail up Cadilac Mountain  begins directly across the road from the campground.

 

There is also a small country store just around the corner from Blackwoods campground.

Recently more brush has been planted, and restrooms are surrounded by brush and tree,s.  But campsites are still more open than those at Seawall campground.

 

 306 camp sites

in season -  May 1st to Oct. 31st

off season - Dec. 1st - march 31st

camping by reservation only

no hookups

no utilities

coin showers near by

country food store near by

free firewood - when available

toilets - flush with running water

group campsites - yes

Free bus service to Bar Harbor - yes

 Within walk to ocean - yes, via service road

One car per site - other cars must park in common parking area

Bike rentals - available in Bar Harbor

Bus route - the free island explorer buses go straight from the campground to the Bar Harbor village Green, about a 15 minute trip.  From there you can stroll about the many shops, or board another free bus for nearly any part of the park or island villages.  The return trip back to the campground takes a bit longer, about 45 minutes, because the free bus returns another route, passing along the ocean and making stops at Sand Beach and Thunder hole before returning to the campground.  All free buses have front and rear bike racks.

 

 

Camping is by reservation only.

 

Contact information for Blackwoods Campground;

 

. By Phone
877-444-6777 phone
877-833-6777 TTY
518-885-3639 international
888-448-1474 customer service

 

 Reservations may be made on the NRRS website.  RECREATION.GOV

 

 

SEAWALL CAMPGROUND

Seawall Campground is the second of three campgrounds run by the national park service.  It is located in the town of Seawall, along route 102A, just past the town of Manset. 

Seawall Campground, beginning in the 2012 season, is no longer a first come first served campground.  The National Park Service has changed its status to by reservation only.  So if your planning on staying there, get your reservations in early.

 

In my opinion, Seawall Campground has several things working in it's favor as a prime location to camp at.  Two popular hiking trails are just down the road from the campground, Wonderland and Ship Harbor hiking trails.    The very popular Seawall Picnic Area is directly across the road from the campground entrance.  And not far down 102A is the Lighthouse road, which leads to the historic and much photographed Bass Harbor Lighthouse.  The famous all natural seawall is just before the entrance to the campground, a great spot to photograph crashing waves, a camp store sets at one end of the seawall, and there is seafood restaurants and a nice ship models and gift shop not far away in the village of Bass Harbor.  The gift shop sits behind the Bass Harbor Post Office.

 

Seawall campground offers 214 campsites, no hookups and no utilities.  There is free firewood, when available.  The campground operates from late May through Sept. 30th. 

Walk in sites were $14 each last year, and regular campsites were $20 per night.  Just like at Blackwoods campground, one car per site, other cars must be parked at a common parking area. 

 

 

 

214 campsites - $20 per night

no hookups

no utilities

walk in sites - yes, $14 per night

by reservation only beginning 2012

free firewood - when available

nearby camp store - yes

nearby privately owned coin showers - yes

restrooms with flush and running water

plugins to charge phones - in restrooms

tent sites not as open as Blackwoods, more private

Closest major food store - surefine food store in southwest Harbor

Seawall picnic area directly across from campground

Closest hiking trails - Ship Harbor and Wonderland just down the road

Bass Harbor Lighthouse - on Lighthouse road along 102A just beyond Ship Harbor.

 Free Island Explorer bus service - yes. 

The free buses make stops at other campgrounds along the route, passing through Manset, Bass Harbor, Bernard, Tremont, Southwest harbor, Somesville, and on to Bar harbor to the Village Green.  An average bus trip from Seawall Campground to Bar harbor is about an hour one way.  From the village Green, you can explore the many shops and eating places in Bar harbor, or board one of many free buses to head off to other parts of the National Park or surrounding villages. 

 Contact information for Seawall Campground;

 

 By Phone
877-444-6777 phone
877-833-6777 TTY
518-885-3639 international
888-448-1474 customer service

 RECREATION.GOV FOR RESERVATIONS

 

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