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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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4.6
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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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Shawn N wrote a review Aug 6
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Just packed up, on the road and thinking about the fun we had. Next year will mark a decade of coming to Mount Desert Campground! And, I am already excited and looking forward to it. This campground is special and is the bar I measure other campgrounds by. It is the perfect blend of being with nature and have some comforts. Platforms for tents, clean bathrooms, and a Gathering Place to get fire wood, breakfast and ice cream. The views! They are incredible! The campground sites provide enough privacy, yet have shared space to be friendly with your neighbors. The owners of the campground make the place special. They have put a lot of thought into the grounds over years and it shows. They have not just slapped together a campground. The owners make you feel welcome and honestly appreciate your support of their business. This is why they are booked out well in advance and why we keep coming back year after year.
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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Michelle L wrote a review Aug 2
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We stayed at Mt. Desert for two super hot nights in July. What a gem of a campground! We got there late, just as The office was closing, and the woman there was just pinning up a map to our campsite and the paperwork for it on their bulletin board for late arrivals. The site was level with wood chips and a good size, enough for our big tent and screen house. The sites were all separated by trees so you had some privacy. There was a little light along the path opposite our site, which was convenient at night! The bathrooms were clean with hot showers (coin operated, $1 for five minutes). We had forgotten quarters, but they had them at The Gathering, a little bakery and ice cream place near the entrance. Cell service (Verizon) was good. No camp store, but they had firewood at the office. Our site had water and electric right there. Very helpful for plugging in a fan! Part of the campground was on the water. We walked around, and people were friendly. Camp staff is on site with their sites clearly marked. Acadia is about fifteen minutes away. Definitely will come back!
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Mike Y wrote a review Nov 2021
Boston, Massachusetts29 contributions13 helpful votes
This was my 30th consecutive year at MDC and 34th consecutive in Acadia. As always, it remains the best run, loveliest campground I’ve ever had there pleasure of staying in. The Craigheads hire and keep such wonderful staff, and as the pandemic allowed, it was great to have some of the perks like evening ice cream and morning breakfast and coffee back in full swing. One thing that never changes is, the beauty of the campground itself. Waterfront beautiful property is what it is, with a wonderful family-run operation putting in who knows how many hours of hard work every week to keep it beautiful. Donna and Owen are wonderful people running a wonderful operation, and I feel so lucky every year they invite us (and all of our great perennial camping neighbors) back.
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
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Jill wrote a review Sep 2021
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I have little camping experience but would absolutely camp more often if more campgrounds were like Mount Desert Campground! The sites are all wooded, so you feel relatively secluded/private, but the restrooms are just a short distance away. It's fun to wander the grounds with the floats, boat launch and nature trail at different times of day. You can watch hermit crabs and crabs in the water. I was really impressed with the cleanliness of the restrooms/showers! The trees surrounding the area kept the wind out which was nice. And I was shocked there weren't any major puddles under our site even after 2" of rain one night.
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Date of stay: September 2021
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SMJ wrote a review Jun 2021
Lexington, Kentucky74 contributions15 helpful votes
We loved everything about this campground. Our spot was near the water and while at first the spots seemed close together, it never felt cramped. The shower house was clean and just a short walk from our site (there are 6 spread throughout). We rented the canoe one day and paddled the sound. We even got to see an eagle nest with a juvenile still in the nest. The location was great, we were a short drive from all the hiking we wanted to do on both sides of the island as well as Bar Harbor for a couple of dinners out. The only thing that could have made our stay better would have been if the shuttle were running while we were there.
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Benjamin A wrote a review Jun 2021
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Spent 4 nights here and had a wonderful time. Our site was right on the water. Campground was very clean and quiet. Bathrooms and showers were clean as well. Great location for getting to all the attractions of Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor. Would definitely stay again.
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Date of stay: June 2021
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KimMassachussetts wrote a review Jun 2021
Massachussetts56 contributions9 helpful votes
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We truly enjoyed everything about this campground. Location, Location, Location - on the water, in the woods and near Cadillac Mountain, lakes, hiking, Bar Harbor etc. Plenty of bathroom facilities with showers...all kept very clean. You feel like you are in the north woods, yet right on the water. The docks are great for viewing the sunset, taking out one of their kayaks or canoes or tying up your own. There is also a boat landing to launch your kayak/canoe/paddle board. So close to Cadillac Mountain which was great for the sunrise pass which was 4:30am. The staff were very helpful and friendly. We can't wait to book for 2022!
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Date of stay: June 2021
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Response from Owen Craighead, Owner at Mount Desert Campground
Responded Jun 17, 2021
Thanks so much for your kind review!
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Aimee G wrote a review Jun 2021
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We will definitely camp here again. The campground is very clean. The bathrooms were very clean. The campsite was spacious enough. It was so nice to relax by the water on the floating docks. The kayaks and other water rentals were not being rented out yet during our stay but that was ok. It is very close to the Acadia National Park entrance and Bar Harbor which made it very easy for day trips there. It’s nice and quiet at night. We were very happy with our stay!
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Owen Craighead, Owner at Mount Desert Campground
Responded Jun 17, 2021
Thank you for taking the time to post a nice and helpful review! We hope to see you again in the future!
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melissa w wrote a review Oct 2020
Cincinnati, Ohio1030 contributions121 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, Maine78 contributions44 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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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).
Is parking available at Mount Desert Campground?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
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 Carroll Homestead (4.6 miles).