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“Quiet Section, great spot.” 5 of 5 stars
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Blackwoods Campground
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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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Boston, Massachusetts
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“Quiet Section, great spot.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2008

We booked our reservation through reservations dot gov.
It does not guarantee a spot, just the fact that you would have a camp site when you get there.
It was the 4th of July weekend and we got there around 7:00 PM.
Check in is a breeze. I had a yearly pass, and I requested Loop - A because it seemed nearer to the ocean (It IS nearer, but you don't see the ocean, you don't even have access to the ocean from the site)
The NPS person was friendly and accommodated our request. She gave us a site which was at the end of the road. That meant there was a camp site acros the road and on one side of us. Everything else was wooded. PERFECT!
The good:
1. Big campsites. I have a three person tent, but people had trailers parked in their sites.
2. Level ground (compared to Pittsfield State Park where we had to sleep on a rocky incline! I should have carried my Serta mattress :-)
3. Clean facilities
4. Six miles from Bar Harbor (far enough to eliminate traffic, but close enough to bike/drive)
5. Access to hiking around the Park and also up Cadillac.
6. No ATVs, dirt bikes or any of those noisy, pseudo-nature lovers!
7. Friendly staff.

The Bad:
1. Not really, but if they had a shower on park grounds that would have saved the expensive trip to the showers just outside the park. $1.50 for 4 minutes? Even the White Mountains were not that expensive!

All in all, a wonderful experience.

  • Liked — The solitude
  • Disliked — Lack of onsite showers
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Port Jefferson Station, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2008

I have to say that Blackwoods was one of the cleanest campgrounds I have come across. We chose a single tent site (A105) in Loop A for our 4 night stay in Acadia. From our arrival at the front booth (very helpful, friendly staff), to our site (immaculate for a campsite) we could not have been happier.
The site accomodated my new Kelty Green River 4 tent nicley, which with the vestible/rainfly expands to a 9' x 14' 10" size.
Newly added was a row of 1 ft. firs that the park planted between each site to add more privacy.
The bathrooms are clean as well. There are stalls ( one being handicap accessible) as well as sinks, hand dryer, and mirror. There is however no soap dispenser, bring your own.
Outside each bathroom is a cleaning area for dishes, gear, etc. It consists of a metal draining pan to catch any food stuffs which you can then dump in the garbage nearby. It is asked by the Parks Service that you do your cleaning here instead of at your campsite. Maine is a very "Green" state, so try to do your part while there.
Being the end of June we expected crowds of families, loud teenagers, etc. But due to the weather forecast for the week we lucked out (I usually camp in early spring, or fall to avoid the crowds - it's alot more peaceful). In this case we had only two neighbors that were quiet for the most part until our last day. On the last we had two families move in across from us with eight screaming kids in tow (luck of the draw when camping anywhere). We quickly left for the days adventures and returned to more screaming. The next morning (around 5:30am) we were woken up by screeching bmx brakes, and more high pitched screaming (I wear ear plugs when I sleep, that's how loud they were). I got up and started breaking down our site, wincing everytime a high pitched squeal of brakes, or scream was heard. The parents, for their part, never attempted to quiet them.
All and all, our experience was a good one. My only problem was the neighbors, which you really can't choose. Also there are no showers on the grounds (read below for more details).

Tip - When exiting Blackwoods there is a shower place 1/10 of a mile down the road on Route 3. When you exit make a right and look for it on the left side of the road. Be sure to save your quarters ($2+ for 4 minutes when we were there). The facilities are clean and also hold a toilet, and sink for shaving, etc.
Outside they have a compact dryer for any damp clothes you may need dried.

Tip - For supplies continue past the showers on Route 3 for another 2+ miles to a town called Otter Creek. Here you'll find a small general store (Otter Creek Market) on your right that carries a little bit of everything. From camping gear, to food and select wines (even live lobster) they have what you need. They also sell hard/soft firewood ($3.50 bundles), block/cubed ice ($2.50 bags), and even have a fax machine on site if needed.

Stayed June 2008
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2008

My wife and I stayed at Blackwoods 2 nights over the Memorial weekend, with one tent and one car. Reservation is suggested from May 1st to October 31: we booked one week in advance through Reservation.gov, for 20$/night. When you arrive at the camp you are assigned a spot. The spot, which is for a max of 2 tents and the car, has one picnic table and a fire ring with grate. No hook-ups. Although you'll be in the middle of the wood, the spot ground is made of gravel, and only on the gravel you are supposed to put your stuff. The spots are connected by one-way asphalted roads, and are about 30ft from each other. Since you are not allowed to bring fire wood from outside Acadia, you have to buy it locally. The campground rules are unclear about gathering dead wood since the lady at the entrance said that it is not allowed, while it is instead allowed based on the rule list on the back of the permit she gave me when I checked in. It is not a problem though: wood is often left by previous campers or you can buy it the first time you leave the campground since it is sold along the roads.
The campground restrooms look quite new and they were also reasonably clean. Cold running water and flush toilets are available. There is also a mirror (not private), and electric plugs. If you need a shower there are 24/24 coin-operated showers at about 0.5mi from the campground. I did not use them, but I read they work with quarters....so carry them with you. Around the campground there are also water faucets, but only for drawing water. Washing dishes is not allowed either in the bathroom or at the water faucets.
With respect to the other Acadia campground, i.e. Seawall, Blackwoods is much closer to Bar Harbor, and so more practical if you need to go there often. It is a lovely town, with restaurants, shops and a big supermarket.

  • Stayed May 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
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Northern Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2007

One of our best vacations ever! The National Parks system provides a fun filled itinerary for those interested in attending park programs. If you're not interested in scheduled programs there's plenty to do and see on your own. You can't get much more relaxed than soaking in all of that gorgeous scenery. We travelled with our two sons, ages 8 and 16. We camped for 6 nights at Blackwoods Campground and thought it was the best campground experience we've had yet. (We've been camping approx. 10 years) The campground provided plenty of privacy along with an incredible location to enjoy the scenery and programs. We attended Star Gazing on the beach, evening ranger programs at the campground and our youngest completed the Junior Ranger program.

We're contemplating returning again this summer, we're afraid we can't top the beauty and serenity of Acadia! Hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2006

I have such conflicts with this campground, I have a hard time knowing if I would stay here again or not.

The first problem was that the campground was under construction. Well, that in and of itself isn't a problem (though it is misleading for the park service to say that construction ended May 1st since we were here at the end of May and they were still working), but the problem was that there were people doing work at all hours. The first morning there, we were woken up at 8am by a backhoe digging a hole in the trail by our site. The second morning we were awoken at 5am by workers yelling, hammering, digging by our site. The third morning there were people out working at 5:30 by the same workers. And they had a pump or a generator running over on the B Loop ALL DAY and ALL NIGHT long. The noise was so loud, that it drowned out the noises made by our neighbors RV generator. Between the workers, and this incredibly loud generator or pump that they had running, we felt like we were staying in the middle of the city because we couldn't hear anything in the way of birds, frogs, or even the wind, behind this constant noise. It wasn't until the last night we were there that whatever was making the noise was turned off and the construction workers left (probably because it was Memorial Day Weekend), and we realized that we could actually hear the ocean from our site, and we actually saw animals wandering through the campground. Actually, it was really great, really peaceful, and amazing to fall asleep to the sound of the ocean waves, which made us even more frustrated that the majority of our stay was tainted by the constant, obnoxious noise from the construction. It was such a shame, we stayed there to camp and surround ourselves in nature. If we had known it would be so loud, we'd have stayed in Bar Harbor.

We also weren't impressed with the attitude of the workers. When we asked what was going on, all we got was rudness and indifference. When we asked if the racket would go on through our whole stay, they said they had "no control" over the consturction. Rangers (who were nice) offered to let us switch spots, but that was a small conselation because you could hear the noise through the whole campground.

Constant noise from construction aside, the campground was really beautiful. It is heavily wooded which was a big plus for us, and all the sites we saw were very shaded and cool. From our site, you could see other sites and their occupants, but despite this, it still felt relatively private and secluded. There are no showers on site (though there are pay showers less than .25 of a mile from the entrance of the camp, $1.25 for 4 minutes, $2.50 for 8), but the bathrooms were in very good condition for a campsite. They were clean, had flush toilets and running water. There were also several spots to dispose of trash, recyclables, dish water disposals, and drinking water faucets at various points around the campground, which is good, because the campground is understandably strict about food storage and disposal. This is a very natural campground. Aside from an ampitheater where they did talks, there were no ball fields or playgrounds, which might be a turn-off for many families. However, I don't think anybody can complain about the price... At $20 a night, it's something of a steal (or would have been if the campground had been put together).

It was also a big plus that there was a private trail that campers could take which brought them right into the park. It takes you out onto the Loop Road, between Otter Cove and Little Hunter Beach. There are spectacular views up and down the coast, and it was nice to have that so close.

Overall, I have really mixed feelings about this campground. If it had been quiet and the construction workers didn't wake us up at 5 in the morning, our impressions of this campground would be far better. If every night had been like the last night we were there, we'd come back here as often as we could, but as long as it's under construction, we'll steer clear.

Stayed May 2006
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2005

This is a rather uneventful campground. With that said however it is located in a nice forest of pine and spruce trees. The main advantage of this campground is its location. It is within a ten minute walk of the beach and is in the middle of this wonderful National Park. It has flush toilets, cold running water and trash receptacles. Each site has a picnic table and a fire ring. I don't believe it is set up for large RVs and the like and most of the people had tents or pop-ups (We had a tent) Since you are so close to the beach be prepared for morning fogs which goes with the territory. Our weather was wonderful for early October and we had a wonderful time at this campsite and would return again. We didn't like the idea of not having access to hot showers but within a couple hundred yards of the campground entrance there is a public shower house that you can shower at for $1.25 for a four minute hot shower.

There is a free shuttle bus that runs through the park that does stop at the campground and that is nice as well. I believe it runs for only certain times of the year however (Spring-Mid-fall) Check with the rangers for a complete schedule. You won't be disappointed with this experience but if a swimming pool and other amenities are important to you you might want to check the numerous camp grounds located in Bar Harbor.

  • Stayed October 2005
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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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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