I was given a weekend away in Bar Harbor for my birthday back in March, and had to wait almost 3 months until we could finally go. When I found out where we would be staying, I did a lot of research on the area, and on the campground itself. I was surprised to find that many campers did not enjoy their stay at Mt. Desert Narrows Campground, mostly because I assumed its location on google maps warranted anyone to love it! Needless to say, I was somewhat hesitant about what we would discover after driving 5 hours to get there from Derry, NH.
Upon driving into the campground (only a short distance down route 3 once crossing over onto the island), we were welcomed by lots of pastel painted buildings, a heated pool, and a camp store and reservation check-in.
After checking in, and meeting some very friendly people, we drove down the road, past the very warm (even hot if you want them to be) private showers, and semi-private bathrooms, and continued along the shore road until we reached our ocean-side tent campsite. Upon stepping out of the car, my mouth did little less than drop to the ground. Our site was literally 20 feet from the water's edge, and our view: the picturesque Blunts Island and 180 degrees of gorgeous Maine coastline.
After setting up our tent in a perfect grassy, and tree-covered area, we decided we wanted to do some kayaking. The kayaks (canoes too!) were only 2 sites away, and were equipped with a launch right into the water. We went up to the office and learned that a rental was only $10/hour, $5 for every hour after that. They gave us our life vests, paddles, radioed maintenance to set up our kayak, ready for launch, and we were on our way. Every other kayak rental in the area involved a long arduous tour, instruction, or transportation via car roof. So off we went to explore the coast for an hour. It was wonderful: calm, peaceful, sunny, comfortable, and affordable!
The pool was next. It had an awesome little slide (yes, my fiance and I went down the slide at least 5 times and we're 24 years old), great pool-side lounging chairs, and the water itself was 90 degrees!
After the pool, we took two hot showers, and set off for the trip to into Bar Harbor itself. The drive from the campground to BH was only about 20 minutes (including finding a place to park). The restaurants and views were amazing, and the people, so friendly.
After dinner, we came back to the campsite for a wonderful fire by the ocean. There were copious places to buy firewood for $3 along route 3, which not only was great on our wallet, but also good to help support local residents.
After spending a quiet, restful night in our tent, we set our alarm for 4 AM to see the sunrise on Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park (15 minutes from camp). I have never seen a more beautiful sight than the pink and orange hues cast across the coast of Bar Harbor from that sunrise. It was definitely worth waking up at 4 AM for a sight one will most likely never have another chance to see.
We spent the rest of the weekend exploring Acadia, and enjoying the luxuries of our campsite. I would definitely stay here again, which is good because we were given a coupon for 20% off our next years' stay with Mt. Desert Narrows Campground!
I recommend this campground for anyone looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of home, or some of the larger campgrounds nearby. It was a nice, quiet, clean, friendly place to stay, and we hope to stay for more than a weekend on our next visit!
- Also Known As:
- Mount Desert Narrows Camping Hotel Bar Harbor
- Mt Desert Narrows Camping Resort Bar Harbor, Maine