I've been tent camping my entire life, from trips with my dad, to outings with the Boy Scouts, to more recently - camping with my own children. I've been to more than a few campgrounds in my day. I've camped in backwood locations, open field areas, beaches, and a variety of state parks/forests.
This is, without a doubt, the single best campground I have ever stayed at. It is reasonably priced, staffed around the clock by NPS rangers, unbelievably clean, and the sites are well laid out - each with really good tree cover and just enough privacy (obviously this varies as with any campground).
If the location, cleanliness, free shuttle service, friendly staff, and reasonable camp rules aren't enough to sell you on the property - there's also an absolutely wonderful "Junior Ranger Program" for the kids.
Although there are no showers on-site, and no on-site store - both are just outside the main gate (the store located in Otter Creek Inn is a fantastic little find!)
Be sure to check out the free shuttle service that regularly picks up / drops off right inside the campground - you can get anywhere on MDI, for free!
Camping at Blackwoods has become a bit of an annual tradition for us, one I see us maintaining for many years to come. If you've never been, and you enjoy tent camping, you really ought to check it out.
- 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