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Mount Desert Campground
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Reviewed June 26, 2014

My husband and I just returned from four nights at Mount Desert Campground. My only regret was not reserving a water-front tent platform. (We were in a camper.) Each site is s spacious and decently separated from your neighbor. It's quiet and exceptionally clean. The staff is friendly and helpful with day trip ideas. They have kayak and canoe rentals to explore Sommes Sound.

Room Tip: If you are tenting, ask about the different sites. Some are on the water. Some are in a more remote...
  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 31, 2013

We planned a trip to Acadia campground, but the Govt shut us out. We found this campground, and it was great! Platform to pitch tents on, water view, clean bath houses. Only downside was traffic noise.

Stayed: October 2013, traveled with friends
3  Thank barbara G
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Reviewed October 30, 2013

Best parts: clean bathrooms, cinnamon buns, water view site, sites not all cramped together, friendly staff, close to all our favorite activities, real campfires allowed (s'mores!), can't beat the price, well-kept...I could go on. We've been here every year for 3 years. Will be back next year....and probably many more.

Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
4  Thank Traceywriter13
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Reviewed October 17, 2013

Loved this place. Nestled against the top of Somme's Sound, this campground has everything. Secluded campsites, campsites on the water, sites with tent platforms, electricity, water, hot showers. Personally i don't need all the amenities, so we could take it or leave it on the water and electricity but this is a well maintained, family run campsite that was open during the government shutdown. Some of the campsites were directly on the water and were to die for. Facilities were clean, cell coverage was hit or miss (supposed to have 4G next year) but who cares, you are camping! free wi-fi provided at the "gathering place" Our campsite was great. Large granite boulders are sprinkled throughout the grounds and really lend a nice sense of gravity to the area and a place for all of that cool moss to grow. The staff was nearly bend over backward helpful and we were genuinely sad to pack up and leave when we did. RV spots are available although they cannot be longer than 20 feet. The campfire box's are a touch small but not all that limiting. There's a place to dock your little boats or kayaks and a bridge to an island out in the water. Highly recommend this place. The guy in the office helped various folks with hiking into Acadia during the shutdown. His cautious recommendations were what lead us to sneak in and enjoy the national park regardless of the primates in Washington. Ended up being one of the best camping trips we have ever had.

There are quieter campgrounds, but doubtful any that are more pretty.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank Joshual L
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Reviewed October 6, 2013

Beautiful location, nice sites, clean bathrooms and a helpful staff. My two sons loved going crabbing on their doc. We also brought our canoe and had a great time exploring the inlet. In the middle of everything on Mt. Desert Island. We ate at a different lobster pound each night.

Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 18, 2013

We traveled as 2 families in mid-September. The positives: very quiet campground, clean sites, very clean bathrooms, bathrooms convenently located throughout the campground so that there was not 1 heavily used spot that was noisy or smelly, water at many sites, convenient to Acadia and Bar Harbor. The not-so-great: many sites are A LOT closer together than the map makes it seem, I would not have wanted to be so close to strangers (and I am NOT shy), but being with a family I knew was OK, the platforms can make your set up rather limited, however they are nice when raining, they really need to either take reservations or have someone available for check-in throughout September; it took us over an hour to find 2 sites together that were suitable for our families - with campground help this could have been achieved in 5 minutes. Overall we enjoyed our first trip to this campground and will go back now that we know more about the layout. I have heard repeatedly that July and August are SUPER busy and crowded, but at least you can get assistance with a site prior to your arrival that time of year - that can be really worth it when traveling with children. BTW, the kids LOVED the place and as parents I truly appreciated that there were not any loud party crowds - or campers with generators going all day. I do look forward to being able to rent kayaks - again, that was not readily available to us since the office is not staffed full time in September. Real bummer.

Room Tip: many sites are closer together than appear - this can be awkward at times.
  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 9, 2013

We stayed here for 3 nights over Labor Day weekend for the first time with another family who we camp with every year (kids ages 8-11). We had a wonderful time, both at the campground (the kids LOVED catching crabs and swimming off the dock) and exploring Acadia. Like others have said, it goes silent even before 10 pm...we were exhausted and ready for bed long before then. We would love to camp at the waterfront sites, which are beautiful, but cannot take a week away to camp. Our sites were one road up from the water and were still nice and an easy walk to both the floating docks and the Gathering Place. We loved being able to get hot coffee, baked goods (yum!!), ice cream, fire wood & ice right on site at such a friendly place. We were also right near the new E bathrooms which were very nice. We managed to fit in biking on the carriage trails, hiking up Gorham Mt, popovers at the Jordan Pond House, dinner in Southwest Harbor...but will definitely be back next year at the same time! There is much more to do/see.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Address: 516 Sound Dr, Mount Desert, Mount Desert Island, ME 04660-6618
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Location: United States > Maine > DownEast and Acadia Maine > Mount Desert Island > Mount Desert
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Ranked #1 of 2 Specialty Lodging in Mount Desert
Number of rooms: 163
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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! ... more   less 

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