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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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Been going for 15+ years with my family, grandparents have being going for decades, love it more and more every year. Staff treats us like their own, sites and facilities are always clean, beautiful views. Definitely perfect for families and couples. If you’re going to be sleeping in a tent instead of a trailer, i do suggest getting a site with a platform. (Photos are from a water front site)
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My partner and I were visiting Acadia National Park and started off in one of the park campgrounds. After an awful day of losing our campsite, miscommunications and just general frustration, we pulled into Mount Desert Campground. What a relief! The gal that check us in (I think her name was Nicole) gave us amazing suggestions on the best places to go for lobster and helped us pick out hikes that were off the beaten path. Our stay was amazing here! Plus they have fresh coffee and pastries for purchases in their Gathering Place. AND they were conveniently located so you could drive to either side of the island in a reasonable amount of time. Best place to stay!
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. We enjoyed our week stay at this nice, and scenic campground. This was our base camp location to go in all directions. Daily tours took us mainly around Mt Desert and Acadia NP and also back on mainland, up and down Maines incredible coastline. We camped in center, uphill near a Bathhouse. This camps roads are made up of loops, some areas are tight. They have a mini shop/Cantina on way in which serves coffee, food during day hrs and may have supplies. Some campsites have 30amp electric and water. Some campsites are low at waterfront, while other sites are up hill in shady forest. All tent sites have decks, some over water while others are tuck in the woods. Parking is tight. There is a 20' RV limit, so you will not see a mega RV bus/ trailer blocking the tight roads. Bathhouses have open slat, wood deck floors, which is drafty in Autumn. $2. for hot showers. Downside, there is road noise during most of the day, road flows to the town of Bar Harbor. We liked the location despite the road noise. The island traffic flows nicely on off hours, be prepared there will be tour buses through Mt Desert. and the NP. Wherever your day trip takes you "Get there early", parking is limited and a waited challenge.
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We stayed here in mid-September. Clean, well-maintained campground (I am a "diva" camper, so cleanliness is important to me). Definitely choose a waterfront campsite... the view of Somes Sound is priceless. Great base camp if you're visiting Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor. Virtually no cell service in the campground (yay!) unless you go to the Gathering Place - wifi available there.
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Although I submitted a review of MDC back in 2012, I wanted to make sure that MDC campers didn't miss out on the beautiful trail right in the campground, the Llewelyn Trail. I've never seen any reviewers mention it. Starting at the road between the Office and the Gathering Place and ending up by the D bathroom, it winds behind the camping area, and is shown as a dashed line on the campground map. My understanding is that Donna & Owen (the campground owners), their families, friends, and staff worked incredibly hard over multiple years to make this trail -- quite an accomplishment. They bestowed the trail with Owen Craighead Sr's (Owen and Donna's father) nickname, Llewelyn. The trail has a fascinating variation of settings, from the section where you walk on what feels like the springy intermeshed root structures of the trees rather than on solid ground, to the soaring rock walls (I'll leave it to geologists to explain the formation of these walls), to the sunny hilltop with a stone bench to sit on an enjoy the peace. A great time to walk the trail is on a sunny afternoon when the sun and shadows make the rock walls stand out in relief. I hope more campers get to enjoy this treasure right in the campground as I have.
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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).