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Smuggler's Den Campground
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Lake Tranquility
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“Another perfect stay at Smugglers Den”
Reviewed June 22, 2013

I am not sure where you can register upon arriving and be greeted with a big smile and by name and with a welcome back, how was your year. That has been our experience at Smugglers Den. They have put in a pool and a very nice playground, have added rustic as well as deluxe cabins and yet have maintained all the people skills necessary to keep the guests returning. This is a family run campground for families as small children and pets are welcome. They are very knowledgeable about the area as it is their home also. When we visit, it is like a second home for us.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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belair, maryland
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Reviewed August 28, 2012

Very friendly,nice camp site. This was our second time staying here and we are highly impressed. Would recommend! Family friendly and very clean. Found the large open space for tent camping was wonderful...playground nice and slide at pool a hit with the kids!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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New York City, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed August 26, 2012

we chose a campground because i needed to be eased into the idea of camping so i wanted the amenity of plumbing and we wanted to be near acadia national park. there are definitely trails and sights for the national park within a few minutes drive of this campground, but we didn't realize that we'd be spending so much time closer to bar harbor which is about 25 mins away. not a big deal, just something we didn't realize.

the tent sites are pretty close together so it didn't really feel like camping. our tent site also happened to be next to one of the main roads in southwest harbor so vehicle noise was always present. what almost ruined our first night was the wet firewood we were sold. almost every single piece in the two bundles ended up steaming in the fire pit for 30 mins before catching fire. made grilling very difficult.

on the plus side, i could see this being a fun campground for families. there's a basketball court, big playground, a pool, a huge field, and i think there was a trail to the ocean. the bathrooms are cleaned daily and the main office is open until 10pm so you can buy those marshmallows or sparklers at the last minute if you need to.

overall, we wouldn't book again unless we were going to spend more time on that side of mt.desert island and the tent site would have to be farther away from the main road.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed August 25, 2012

My husband and I just returned from Acadia National Park and spent 3 nights at Smugglers Den. We didn't make reservations months or even weeks in advance, and the campgrounds inside the park were already booked. We decided on Smugglers Den and were so pleased once we arrived and set up camp. They had everything we needed from hot and free showers, clean bathrooms, good size camp sites, firewood for sale, camp store, and close distance to all that Acadia has to offer. This was on the quiet side of the island which we preferred as we were there during the peak season, but didn't see mobs of people. We stayed at #64 (tent site) on the field which seemed to have more privacy and space inbetween sites. After reading other reviews/comments about the cost of showers at Blackwoods/Seawall ($2 for a few minutes), we were happy that we didnt have to worry about rolls of quarters and driving back & forth to bathrooms. Overall wonderful experience. Would recommend to other families, groups, etc. TIP: drive down the road to Sea Biscuits for breakfast - Amazing!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Palm Coast, Florida
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Reviewed August 12, 2012

We stayed here 3 nights in our motorhome in July 2012. Our site was nicely shaded but not all were. The staff was friendly. Lobsters and lobster boiling equipment were available at the camp store. The location was great, convenient to Southwest Harbor, Bar Harbor, and Acadia Nat. Park. The campground was on the bus route if you did not want to drive around the island. Everything was clean and well maintained. We found this campground to be quiet and relaxing.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Arlington, Massachusetts
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Reviewed July 25, 2012

This was a family trip that's been planned for almost a year. There are 6 adults (3 couples) and one child. The plan was we would get a premium RV site and couple+child would put up a tent on the same site. My in-laws are not new to making RV reservations, nor is this set up new for us, and they also are still of the talk to a person on the phone instead of relying on the fancy interwebs to confirm the reservation. I am 99.99% sure that my father-in-law double checked to make sure that this arrangement was allowable.

Needless to say, when we got there, we were informed that no, this is not possible. The reason was that the site we were on was new and they were trying to get the grass to grow. Maybe something about having treated the grass too. This was annoying, but okay, makes sense, the tent would have smooshed the grass.

We arrive at the site ... the grass looked plenty fine, and the site next to us had a one of those tent things with screen sides to eat in up. The site also had a large paved section for the RV to sit on. So brilliant, the paved section was plenty large enough for us to put up a tent and *not* be on the grass. We even double checked with one of the grounds people, who said, sure that's fine. My father-in-law is a very honest person, so we went to the office to just triple-check. Sure enough, no, that's not allowed. I don't even know what the reason was. Now it felt like they were being stubborn on purpose.

And also, sure enough later that day, the woman in the office drove around in the little grounds keep cart past us to make sure. But did she say anything about the tented thing that was up next to us? No.

Other than my annoyance with this, the campground was very nice. The bathrooms were clean, although the showers were very cramped. The pool was very nice and clean as well.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Lake Tranquility
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Reviewed June 17, 2012

Once again we stayed in one of the rustic cabins at Smugglers Den. Since we have been staying here for several years it feels like coming home to old friends. Dave and Spike always stop by to say hello during our first day. Rain always welcomes us when we check in, it is nice to check in somewhere and be greeted by name when you come in the front door. Bill and Steve are always welcoming and helpful with any questions.
The rustic cabin is perfect for the two of us. It is clean and beds are comfortable and the mini fridge is just large enough.
Although we no longer tent camp we still take a morning stroll around the sites. They are spacious and clean.
We noticed the new playground is a great hit with the younger campers. This is the best family campground we have ever stayed at. We stayed here when our children were young, prior to the pool and playground. I know they would have enjoyed both even though they did not miss having these.

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Additional Information about Smuggler's Den Campground

Property: Smuggler's Den Campground
Address: Rte. 102, 20 Main Street, Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04679-0787
Location: United States > Maine > DownEast and Acadia Maine > Mount Desert Island > Southwest Harbor
Amenities:
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 5 Specialty Lodging in Southwest Harbor
Number of rooms: 100
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Worcester family began Smuggler's Den Campground in 1969 and continues to operate it today. Our goal then and now is to provide our customers with a comfortable and relaxed camping experience on the quiet side of Mount Desert Island. Enjoy our 22' x 44' HEATED POOL with slide and kiddie pool or it is just a 20 minute walk to Echo Lake Sand Beach in Acadia National Park. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Smuggler`s Den Campground Hotel Southwest Harbor
Smuggler's Den Campground Maine/Southwest Harbor

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