We are repeat visitors to Acadia National Park and Blackwoods Campground, and we recommend the area to many of our friends each year.
When I was younger (about a decade ago) I used to spend a lot of time in British Columbia camping in Provincial and National Parks all along Canada's West Coast and in the Rocky and the Coastal Mountains. Blackwoods and Acadia are the closest thing to that experience that I have been able to find on the East Coast.
The campground is well treed, clean sites, many of the sites have a great deal of privacy (although not all, so try to be picky when you reserve.)
The park is nicely located far enough from Bar Harbor that you are able to feel like you are really out in the great outdoors, but close enough for a quick drive in if you want to go see a movie or to get some ice cream for the kids. The carriage roads and hiking trails are all easily accessible on the Island Explorer shuttle, or by car if you want, and you can also get to some of the smaller communities on Mount Desert Island easily.
We usually use Blackwoods as a base-camp and spend our mornings hiking, afternoons either in town, or at Sand Beach or Echo Lake.
The only drawback to the campground is the lake of showers, although the pay-shower place by the park entrance is a feasible (though not amazing) option.
The park staff are friendly, although the last time we stayed (this summer) we had a problem with some rowdies, 8 20-22 year old guys in for a week of partying and staying up all night chugging alcohol and yelling at each other. We had a site VERY close to theirs (8-12 feet) with no trees between the two sites, so we were treated to a front row seat. We complained several different days at the front office, but saw no action taken by the park staff to quiet the guys down. Finally I had to go out myself at 1am on what turned out to be the 4th and last night of the guys' stay and treat them to an expletive-laced blast of my unhappiness. It was the third time I had talked to them about the noise, and my opinion when a person staying on a site has to go out and confront a group of 8 over-sized and very drunk young men by himself three nights in a row it shows a serious lack on the part of the park staff.
This was the first year we had the problem though, and after the guys left things went fine, so the hope is that it was an anomaly.
All-in-all a decent little place. Although book early because in the peak season reservations are almost impossible to get, and bring quarters for taking your showers. Maybe a tarp for under the tent as well, as the gravel of the sites will really do a number on the bottom of your tent.
At less than $30 a night though, you can't really go wrong.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Year-round campgrounds at Acadia National Park. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Blackwoods Campground Hotel Acadia National Park
- Blackwoods Campground Acadia National Park, Maine