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516 Sound Dr, Mount Desert, Mount Desert Island, ME 04660-6618
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#1 of 2 Specialty lodging in Mount Desert
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Since 1958, Mount Desert Campground has been providing clean and quiet grounds for campers to enjoy! While you won't find frills and gimmicks here, you will find beautiful wooded sites located along the salt water shore of Somes Sound. We take great pride in ensuring our camper's stay is a pleasant one, which is why we also provide the most up-to-date facilities. For more information, please contact us today or visit our website for more details!
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melissa w wrote a review Oct 2020
Cincinnati, Ohio1050 contributions103 helpful votes
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I never thought I would spend 55$ a night for a campsite. There are sites that are more expensive, and sites that are cheaper but I figured why not spend the money to stay right on the water. Even sites that don't sit on the water have a great amount of space and trees. Due to Covid this was all I could find for a planned Acadia trip in the fall (park campgrounds did not open). After my stay, I can honestly say it was worth the cost and I would highly recommend the campground. Since the campground sits among the rocky and mountainous coast line, they have spent the time and money building leveled platforms for all the sites. Without the platforms, the campsites would be quite miserable. I have a hard time believing any other campgrounds in the area have invested so much to make their land so comfortable for their guests. The bathrooms are amazing. Built with wood and lots of ventilation, the open air prevents them from getting musty or moldy. Bathrooms have outlets (or at least the women's do). They are very clean and well kept. They sell firewood, ice, and have a coffee shop. Brilliantly, you get whatever you need and they simply use your campsite as a "tab". Usually they rent kayaks as well but this was on hold this year due to covid. Its a great location relative to Acadia. It's only about 15 minutes to popular areas of the park (Cadillac mountain, Jordan pond, etc.). Bar Harbor is also easily accessible. The campground is equally convenient to get to the less popular areas of the park such as the Schoodic region or Bass Head Island.
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Date of stay: October 2020
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SJCBDC wrote a review Sep 2020
Cumberland, Maine72 contributions40 helpful votes
We loved our 3 night stay at Mount Desert Campground! It’s a real camping experience with wooded large sites, excellent bathroom facilities and nothing fancy to detract from the natural beauty. And the location is perfect! Can’t recommend this campground highly enough. We’ll be back!
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Erin M wrote a review Aug 2020
New York City, New York10 contributions8 helpful votes
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We stayed here in July. While the park was still open over the summer, the park didn't reopen their campgrounds so our reservation was cancelled. Luckily we were able to get a spot at Mount Desert Campground, and we loved it! Would definitely stay here again when back visiting Acadia. the campground sold firewood and ice. It was a quick drive to the park.
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Date of stay: July 2020
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ewoodk wrote a review Aug 2020
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I loved Mount Desert Campground! we got to crab a lot and really enjoyed watching the sea gulls try and eat crabs. I loved it! The campsite was centrally located to Acadia Park attractions and was extremely well-kept and clean, especially appreciated during COVID-19 times. We'll be back!
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Date of stay: August 2020
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Mike Y wrote a review Aug 2020
Boston, Massachusetts26 contributions12 helpful votes
Mount Desert Campground is the nicest campground I've ever stayed in, run by the nicest people, with the nicest views and sites. And I've stayed in many... I haven't missed a year in Acadia since 1988, or a year at MDC since 1991! A couple of things distinguish MDC from so many other campgrounds. First off, the waterfront sites truly can't be beat. I've never been to another campground with the same quality or quantity of waterfront, or that's utilized it better. Take a look at their campground map online and you can see the sites individually for yourself... now picture yourself in a hammock just feet from the ocean (Somes Sound, beautiful/protected and warm enough during the summer to comfortably swim in!), on a sunny day, 75' with a light breeze coming off the water. That's a normal day there in July-August. (I've also stayed in the fall and while chillier, it's equally lovely.) Second, the facilities are wonderful. Nicely ventilated wooden bathroom buildings with hot showers available ($1.00/5 minutes; bring quarters), always clean and well maintained. The Gathering Place offers free wifi, sells pastries and coffee in the morning, and delicious ice cream in the evening. Good hardwood for fires and ice for coolers are available there and at the front desk. Everyone is nice. And that leads to the third distinguishing aspect -- the leadership and staff. Donna and Owen (sibling co-owners; it's been in the Craighead family since the 80s) have always run MDC so well and so smoothly, with a relaxed family-friendly atmosphere including quiet hours starting at 10pm (so if you're looking for the all-night campfire-and-beers experience, you may be happier elsewhere!). Everything runs like clockwork (or that's the appearance from the outside, at least!), every year. This year the leadership aspect was particularly pronounced, as MDC's response to COVID-19 was just perfect. After a delayed opening and having to navigate the requirements of the "Keep Maine Healthy" plan, I was amazed by just how safe they made the campground feel. First, they actually asked for a copy of the required COVID-19 test for visitors from impacted states. I went to two hotels who didn't, and it made me feel very safe being in a campground that did. Second, the bathrooms were beautifully managed. On top of several measures to ensure good ventilation, no two adjacent stalls were open (yet I never once had to wait!), and professional cleaning crews came in semi-daily on top of the campground staff's every-day cleaning efforts. Third, they were smart about their services -- some of the typically available offerings were on hold this year (rentals that wouldn't be practical to clean between uses, etc.), because it just made sense. And finally, they kept the campground to 60% capacity, and as a result we spent the week in the open air, with clean/uncrowded facilities and plenty of elbow room. It was wonderful. If you're looking for a beautiful, clean, safe place to enjoy an outdoor vacation during COVID-19, MDC is your perfect location. If you're looking for a beautiful, clean, community place to enjoy an outdoor vacation after life returns to normal (knock on wood!), MDC is your perfect location. Either way, I hope that you enjoy it as much as I have -- for 33 years!
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Date of stay: August 2020
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Frequently Asked Questions about Mount Desert Campground
Which popular attractions are close to Mount Desert Campground?
Nearby attractions include Mount Desert Island (3.0 miles), Acadia National Park (2.9 miles), and Cadillac Mountain (4.7 miles).
What are some restaurants close to Mount Desert Campground?
Conveniently located restaurants include Rose Eden Lobster, The Travelin Lobster, and C-Ray Lobster.
Are pets allowed at Mount Desert Campground?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Are there any historical sites close to Mount Desert Campground?
Many travelers enjoy visiting St. Saviour's Church : (5.7 miles) and Sieur de Monts Spring (5.4 miles).