We love to travel to Bar Harbor in the early Fall. The weather is perfect and there's enough activity to keep us busy all week since our stay is usually around 5-6 days. However, there's enough peace and quiet to enjoy what Maine really has to offer... getting away from the stress of life.
We love tent camping and Blackwoods is a wonderful place to go. We're repeat customers. The campground is always maintained by rangers to get in and out who stress the concept of "Leave No Trace". They offer lots of useful information about Acadia. You're far enough off the road not to see glaring lights down the main drive and if you like it dark at night... Blackwoods is definitely the perfect name for this spot.
They have amenities for campers, RVs and tents. There are clean bathrooms with sinks, outlets and toilet stalls within a brief walk from your spot. Reserving a spot is very easy online on the DNR site and is VERY inexpensive at $20/night. Right outside of Blackwoods' entrance is a nice bathhouse with coin operated showers run by a local who we met a few times and is very nice, courteous and keeps the men's and women's bathrooms clean. There's plenty of room to dress, hang towels, private shower stalls stepping outside of the showers and electrical outlets, mirrors and toilet. When we were there last it was $1 for 4 minutes for a shower. Just line up your quarters to toss them in for another 4 minutes since its within easy reach while you're still IN the shower. I never had a cold shower there either, although I recommend trying some "alternate" times to use it... early or later morning... skip the usual "rush hour" around 9am.
Blackwoods isn't far from town, although you definitely need a car to get anywhere. Once in town, there's places for wood and other camp supplies, so you don't have to worry about forgetting anything. Since it is a small town though, don't expect things to be open as they are further south in the crazy business corridor between NY and DC. ;)
We'll continue to reserve our spot to tent camp at Blackwoods in the future. It offers us everything camping these days should offer as far as comforts, but it also let's you experience nature.
And P.S. Do NOT leave food outside of your site. We did hear "running" of wildlife outside at 3am. We're still not sure what we heard, but we're glad the cooler was in the car. Respect Maine and the wildlife you're borrowing from those that live there year-round. Clean up and definitely "leave no trace" so the rest of us can continue to love it up there too.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Year-round campgrounds at Acadia National Park. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Blackwoods Campground Hotel Acadia National Park
- Blackwoods Campground Acadia National Park, Maine