Hope many people will read this review and not just those contemplating camping at Seawall because this note is about the picnic area just across the road from the campground. Right up front let me say I've never camped at Seawall - we always reserve a site at Blackwoods - but in my opinion the picnic grounds are one of the scenic, little-known gems of the park. The lucky people who stay in the campground can make the 10-minute walk to the ocean's shore whenever they want and can take in different vistas of sea and sky at all different times of day and tide. But if you want to make the journey to the southwestern part of Mount Desert Island, make it at least half a day long so you can take in the town of Southwest Harbor, the lighthouse at Bass Harbor, and end the day at Seawall picnic area. It's great for sunset. But here's the real clue about what to do when you get there. The short access road divides with the left hand turn going to a parking loop and the bathrooms. The right hand drive goes towards an area that does not see as much use as most of the parking is right on the cobbled rise above the water. We were lucky and chose the right hand drive, went all the way to the end and got the last picnic table above the beach. This area is slightly elevated above the cobbled beach and includes shelves of rock, twisted pines, patches of grassy knoll and a view to the west where the sun will set over rock pools and a headland. Here we spent about three hours, watching the tide recede and the sun go down in golds and peaches above a distant line of pine trees. We ate a picnic supper, read books, and I drew and wrote in my trip journal. I'm so glad we discovered this spot - it was our 3rd and last journey to Acadia - what a wonderful way to say goodbye to the park.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Campground at Acadia National Park. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Seawall Campground Hotel Acadia National Park
- Seawall Campground Acadia National Park, Maine