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“Great way to stay at Acadia without going broke!” 4 of 5 stars
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Route 3, five miles south of Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, Acadia National Park, Mount Desert Island, ME   |  
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Lenox, Massachusetts
2 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Great way to stay at Acadia without going broke!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2011

We stayed at Blackwoods for 5 nights from a Sunday-Friday. Check-in was a little slow, but the woman checking you in was very friendly and helpful, answering any questions you might have. Finding the campsites is easy and everything is clearly marked. Our campsite was a great size, it fit both of our tents and a screen tent we put around the picnic table. Some sites seemed a little on the small side, but unless you have a huge tent, it should work for most people. We had a lot of families with kids around us, but everyone observed the quiet hours and was respectful of the other campers.
While we didn't use it, one of the great perks at the campground is the free bus that will take you all over the island. I think you had to connect to another bus to get to some of the locations, but if you don't want to have to drive everywhere it's a great option.
Bathrooms were clean but, as other people have mentioned, it's a great idea to bring soap and a hand towel. Showers are not in the campground but close by, and it is a lot at $2 for 4 minutes, but they're for the most part clean and always seemed to have hot water.
Blackwoods is in a great location compared to the entrances to the park, there are 2 that are pretty close by and will lead you towards either side of the park. What's also great is the entrance from Blackwoods to the South Summit trail up Cadillac Mountain. We hiked it our last day and it was great to be right back at the campground and not have to drive back.
Overall, it was a great place to stay for only $20 a night. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to spend time in the National Park without having to spend a lot of money.

Room Tip: Make reservations as far ahead as you can, the campground was full everynight we were there and seem...
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2011

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.

Room Tip: Quiet, nature, amenities and an escape for a steal per night.
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  • Stayed September 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dover, New Hampshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2011

I camped for 3 nights in a small (14 foot) camper on site B62. This site had only 1 neighbor that wasn't all that close. You can't reserve a particular site and certain sites were a little closer than I would have been happy with but the place was SOOO quiet. Quiet hours start at 10pm but even by 9 we would see very few fires going and hear very little noise. They asked us to keep the fires low and contained and at one point we saw a small fire truck driving around checking as the danger was high when we visited. there were two bathrooms within a close walking distance and were the cleanest I have ever seen at a campground (just remember to bring your own soap).
This is a great campground for active families who want to enjoy the outdoor playground that Acadia has to offer but children who have come to expect pools, playgrounds, arts/crafts or such activities may be dissapointed. You can check out the nightly talks given by rangers on sight. Although you can walk to the ocean it is a little bit of a drive for a swim at Sand beach, and good luck with parking. Your best bet might be the free shuttle bus running every 30 min from the campground.
Check in was slow, once you pull your car up you have to fill out paperwork, would be nice if they handed out the form to the nexxt 3 or 4 people in line.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Boston
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33 reviews 33 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2011

We stayed here for 3 nights over July 4th weekend. The check-in process took a while - about 5 minutes for us, and about 10 minutes each for each of the three cars in front of us in the line! Other than that though, I couldn't really fault this place.

We were tent camping, and were assigned site A16. Loop A seems to be all tents, which is really nice because I know there are RVs at this campground. In fact, we never even saw the RVs except for at check-in - they must have been in a different loop.

The sites aren't huge, but there are trees between you and the next site which separates you a bit more. We were lucky and had very quiet neighbors. However, as in any campsite, if you had noisy neighbors, you could easily be disturbed.

The toilets were very clean - probably the cleanest of any campsite I've stayed in. There was also a good system for disposal of dish water, which was good because it is sometimes ambiguous as to what you are supposed to do with it in other campsites. The showers are right outside the entrance to the campground. However, they are expensive at $2 for 4 minutes. 4 minutes is really not very long for a shower, and I have no idea how that would work if you had kids. They were reasonably clean, but still I would recommend bringing flip flops. The water was hot. One time I had to wait 10 minutes or so as all the showers were occupied.

The campsite was very reasonably priced at $20/night. It's also in the heart of the park, so is quite convenient to most of the hiking trails and attractions. It is actually very close to the ocean, although the sites are not along the ocean. You can walk to the ocean though - there is a little path that leads there from the campground. I would recommend it, it was a nice view.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Portland, Maine
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34 reviews 34 reviews
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104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2011

My fiance and I stayed at Blackwoods for the weekend back in August 2010. It was fairly quiet considering how popular it is in the summer. Reservations definitely need to be made well in advance, especially for a weekend stay. The sights were decent sized and private enough. You could see the sight next to you, but there were at least some trees to give a little bit of privacy. We had our 3 year old golden retriever and kept him on his lease at all times. Showers were off-sight, but easily accessible by car. The sight was nice, only a 1/2 mile or so from the trail head to Cadillac Mt. Overall, a great campground within the park. Definitely recommended!

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Rochester, New York
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39 reviews 39 reviews
34 hotel reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2011

Loved it here, very cheap and reasonably priced. I would strong suggest booking VERY early for the summer, but all in all a great location. Showers are right outside and somewhat expensive, but Acadia is great. Check in/out was very smooth, sites are somewhat private, there are some woods between each site but its certainly a little cramped. Not a huge issue though. The price is certainly great in comparison to other lodging on MDI.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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London
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170 helpful votes 170 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2010

Unfortunately we only got to stay one night here as it shut down due to Hurricane Earl. Evidently the trees have shallow roots in Acadia so are prone to falling on you in high winds. I found the rangers here to be adequately helpful, unlike other reviewers. They explained the refund process very clearly to me when asked. They were getting a little tetchy with people on the phone who were enquiring about the closures, which I found unusual as americans are normally very customer focussed. The campground has clean toilets and plenty of dumpsters. There is a handy drain for throwing away dishwater which many camps leave out. The pitch was quite large though not too private. I noticed they are planting more trees and shrubs to shield the pitches from each other. I would come back here and stay longer. (Note: the top of Cadillac Mountain and dawn is well worth the early start, it's stunning)

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Route 3, five miles south of Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, Acadia National Park, Mount Desert Island, ME
Location: United States > Maine > DownEast and Acadia Maine > Mount Desert Island > Acadia National Park
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Ranked #2 of 2 Specialty Lodging in Acadia National Park
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Number of rooms: 306
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