Camping in Acadia National Park
If camping’s your thing, then you’re in luck in Acadia National Park where camping is a year-round pleasure. Campgrounds are situated throughout the park – one in the main part of the park in Bar Harbor, another in Southwest Harbor and one on the Schoodic Peninsula, about an hour from Bar Harbor. One more campground is accessible only by boat on the island of Isle au Haut. Camping from May through October is very popular, so reservations are highly recommended. The majority of camping sites are for tent camping, so the campgrounds are known for being peaceful retreats in the woods. Blackwoods, Seawall, and Schoodic Woods campgrounds offer ranger-led programs onsite; check at the Ranger Station for a current program schedule.
Top Campgrounds in Acadia
During the main season from May 1-Oct. 31, Blackwoods welcomes tents and recreational vehicles, including pop-ups, vehicle campers, and RVs up to 35-feet long and 11'8" tall at the 306 sites. The campground has restrooms with running water and showers are available nearby. In April and November, the reservations are half the price as there is no ranger staffing the campground and only limited facilities. December through March, camping is free at a limited number of primitive sites that are available to walk-in campers. Winter campers must be self-sufficient and ready for Maine winters.
A 25-minute drive from Bar Harbor, this campground is open May through September with many walk-in/drive-up tent sites, as well as sites for campers and RV hook-ups. Restrooms with running water are available.
Schoodic Woods Campground
Located on the Schoodic Peninsula, about an hour from Bar Harbor by car or ferry ride, these 203 wooded campsites for tent camping and RV's are open late May through Columbus Day. Restrooms with running water are available.
Duck Harbor Campground
Isle au Haut is accessible by mail boat, and five lean-to sites are available at Duck Harbor from May 15 to October 15 by advance reservation only. Facilities include composting toilets and pump water. From June through September, the mail boat makes a stop at Duck Harbor, but in the off-season, campers must hike to the campground from the Town Landing, about four miles away.
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Campfires at Acadia’s campgrounds are a time-honored tradition, but please leave your firewood at home. Using local wood helps keep non-native insects out of Acadia’s forests. Firewood is available locally near Blackwoods, Seawall, and Schoodic Woods campgrounds.