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Blackwoods Campground
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Reviewed July 31, 2012

We stayed at Blackwoods Campground for a week. The location is very great: a few minutes by car or bus from Bar Harbor, the Loop Road, most trailheads and the ocean. One couldn’t ask for more! Though we didn’t take the bus, there’s one stopping at the campground. Being near to most trailheads’ parking, we never had difficulty finding a parking spot in the morning.
Our site was very spacious (one car, one large tent, a picnic table and quite a lot of free space), with lots of privacy and almost fully shaded by the large trees. Many families camp there: it is quite lively during daytime and in the evening, but very quiet at night.
There is no camp store. The restrooms are kept very clean, but there are neither soap nor paper towels for washing hands.
The only significant trouble is the showers, located on road 3, a few meters from the campground’s entrance. They are obviously not operated by the NPS, so the following critique doesn’t apply specifically to the campground, but since it’s the only place where one can take a shower in the vicinity, here it is: at 2$ for 4 minutes of sometimes hot, sometimes cold (and sometimes at ridiculously low flow) water, it is simply a rip-off. Considering water conservation issues, 4 minutes is OK, though you don’t want to lose any time in it, but the eight quarters required to operate them is unjustifiable (just as are the 4$ bundles of poor quality firewood available at the entrance of the showers, especially since the neighbours sell their bundles at 3$ and you can pay as little as 2.50$ if you go a little further).
Despite this, we highly recommend this campground and would undoubtedly return in the future. We would even gladly pay a few dollars more to camp there if there were more decent showers in the campground.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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7  Thank Olivier R
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Reviewed July 26, 2012

My husband and I recently enjoyed three nights at Blackwoods Campground in Acadia National Park. We were very pleased with our reception from the check-in ranger, our assignment to a lovely forested site only a 10 minute hike to the Atlantic, the complimentary use of clean fuel buses to sites around the park (thanks to L.L. Bean), the opportunity to meet in an idyylic spot with quiet and respectful fellow campers from all over the world, the terrific, interactive, informative, appropriate-for-all-ages, ranger-directed evening programs (especially nice were Bob Thayer's "Photographing Acadia" and Kirk Lurvey's "Acadia Rocks" programs), and being in the midst of such sublime natural beauty--from the soft white sands of Sand Beach leading to the granite bouldered Ocean Trail along the Atlantic, to the pristine hike around Jordan Pond where we could enjoy diverse eco-systems, beaver colonies, and exquisite views of the Bubbles Mountains in the distance. The 3.5 mile hike around the pond conveniently ends at the Jordan Pond outdoor restaurant where tired hikers can be rewarded (for a small price) with homemade popovers and strawberry jam, crab cakes, and blueberry crisp on the lawns overlooking the pond and the mountains. Don't miss out on this!

Prior to coming to Acadia my husband and I were on a two week camping trip touring Canada's Atlantic Maritime Provinces, where we had pleasant stays at Pt. Wolfe Campground in Fundy National Park, Cheticamp Campground in Cape Breton Highlands National Park, and Stanhope Campground in Prince Edward Island National Park, We were absolutely amazed at the differences in amenities provided at Acadia National Park. The Canadian National Parks offered washrooms where we could do just that--wash. Complimentary onsite hot showers, soap dispensers at all sinks, paper towels, dish washing sinks, and a pay-per-use washing machine and dryer were standard. In addition, protected cooking houses and lit gathering places, with wood-burning stoves, were available in the event of inclement weather. The visitor centers, and shops to purchase provisions, were in proximity to the campgrounds.

At Acadia we were taken aback to learn that we would have to drive outside the campground to clean up at a pay-per-use public shower house. I remember camping at Shenandoah National Park last year, and although that park had agreed to allow a private company install a pay-per-use showering concession on site, at least Shenandoah was considerate enough to allow the shower rooms to be within walking distance to the campsites. Reading through Blackwoods Campground's tripadvisor reviews, this seems to be everyone's top complaint with this campground and it would be a courteous way to resolve this issue.

The Blackwoods Campground could also benefit from having an on site campstore where fresh provisions could be purchased. Hoping to find fresh produce one evening, we visited the campstore located down the road from the public showers, and found only prepackaged snacks and camping supplies. We had to journey all the way to the northeast harbor to find a market where we could purchase fresh fruit and vegetables, although that, too, was a sobering experience. None of the produce was marked in their display cases and imagine our shock at the check out register to find that four apples cost $6.00.

Besides the inability to clean up at Blackwoods Campground, and the difficulty to purchase fresh provisions, there are so many more positives that outweigh these issues. We loved Acadia National Park and all its natural offerings and send kudos to all the rangers who made it such a memorable experience for us all. Especially "Wanda," at Hull's Visitor Center who assisted me in locating my elusive postcards, and gave me a follow-up phone call to make sure I had finally received them.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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8  Thank Susan J
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Reviewed July 24, 2012

We enjoyed our stay at Blackwoods campground. Our site was a good size spaced a good distance from the campsites on either side of us. The bathrooms were nearby and clean. No showers though had to go down to just across the entrance of the campgrounds and use a coin operated shower that was very clean. Was very quiet at night. Rangers were very helpful - I love National Parks!

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank StrawberryJoan
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Reviewed July 22, 2012

We just returned from spending 5 nights at Blackwoods Campground. We found the sites to be a nice size, bathrooms were adequate, and the rangers were helpful. The showers are outside of the park about a tenth of a mile. They were a little pricey but when you are hot and sweaty what else are you going to do. We wish we had spent more time at this campground.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank romantictravel
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Reviewed July 14, 2012

We really enjoyed our week long stay here. The rangers were incredibly helpful and kind. Our neighbors were all families like ours with kids that enjoyed playing up and down the roads during day hours, but were quiet and respectful in the evenings. Our site was generously sized with plenty of room to set up a tent area, screened eating area, and campfire area. Separate parking spaces were great, too. I agree with the previous posters that the bathrooms were fairly spartan, although pretty clean and easy to get to. I agree that dish washing sinks and showers onsite would be helpful. The camp store wasn't so far away, but a little store on site would be nice. The ranger programs in the park were better than the ones at the campground, but since it was early in the summer season, I am thinking they are still getting into practice. 8:45 was too late for my little ones, so we only went to 2 of those, but really enjoyed the child oriented early show on Tuesday. This was one of the quietest campgrounds I've ever been to. Almost no noise, including animal sounds, during the night. It really helped add to the pensive mood of Acadia. I would definitely stay here again. We were up in b loop (b97) and the rangers told us that the water pressure for the toilets gets wonky up there and it did. Next time I'd request A loop and a bit lower down so that the water pressure would be better and we'd be a bit closer to the ranger station and away from the entrance road. A great experience, though.

Room Tip: Try to ask for A loop as it is further away from the entrance road.
  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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1  Thank lailabean
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