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Mt Desert Narrows Camping Resort
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Reviewed June 14, 2011

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!

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 6, 2010

Take a Fire Fighters Word "Do NOT Stay HERE!‎ - ‎ - Today
As a 21 year paid fire fighter/medic in Virginia and having RV'd all my life. owning 7 differant rigs my family and I have traveled the country from north to south, coast to coast and have never been so dissapointed in a campground. They advertise "Water Front Sites"..thats a total LIE!!!!!!! VERY small and tight sights are only made worse by the overgrowth of weeds and shrubs blocking your view of the bay. When the tide is out the smell is horrible. You can not boat or fish..NOT enough water for that.

To make matters worse. When one of my fire fighters had a family emergency and could not cover my shift on the last day of our vacation. I kindly asked for a day or partial refund since i was forced to return to work at the fire station 1 day early.

The ladies at the front desk told me there was a No Refund Policy. NO MATTER WHAT !!!!!!!....... I have stayed at thousands of camp ground and rv parks and have never been treated so badly. WE will NEVER return to the Narrows Campgrounds.. There is a nice KOA across the street with MUCH better views of the water and many other camp grounds closer to Bar Harbor to try...

Do yourself a favor...DONT Let the pictures fool YOU.....they Got ME!!!!! But NEVER again..

They are a HUGE Resort Company and act like it..They don't need ya...

more details call me I will tell you EVERYTHING you need to know to STAY AWAY from this Hell Hole

Don
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  • Stayed: May 2010, traveled with family
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6  Thank Proffff2
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Reviewed September 18, 2009

Our family of four camped on the ocean at site T20 as suggested in the reviews. Our girls ages 8 and 11 enjoyed exploring on the rocks and seaweed and watching the tide come in. We found dead crab shells, blue mussels, whelks, ... They arranged it so we did not have anyone occupying the 2 neighboring campsites and it seemed quite spacious. If you go on a busy weekend, the T20 site may be quite narrow for all your stuff. The pool was fabulously warm with 2 slides and playground equipment next door! The employees were very nice and helpful! There was bits of litter and spaghetti on the ground of our site. We had to drive to the restroom, but there were portapotties near our site. The restrooms were clean and basic. Never crowded. The campground was quiet at night. We would stay there again and next time rent their kayaks.

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled with family
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2  Thank LisaandDA
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Reviewed July 11, 2007

We just returned from our stay at Mt. Desert Narrows Campground and besides tenting in the rainy weather, we were pleasantly surprised by the campground. The campground is very family friendly. There are nightly activities including hayrides, ice cream socials, a magic show and a family craft night for young children. We missed the ice cream social but the magician was clever and one of our teenagers was amused by it. There is a gentleman that comes around every morning to hand you the daily newspaper for free. There is a small playground as well as a pool. The pool is on the small side with the deep end going to 5' deep. It also does not have a lifeguard. Children under 13 need to be supervised to go in. There is a sundry shop where the office is but the prices are rather high. Wood for your campfire is rather costly at the campground. We opted to go into town and bought bundles of wood for 2.00 each instead of the 5.75 we paid the first night. There are a lot of road side stands selling wood so there should be no problem in finding any. There are many porta-potties around the campsite areas as well. The campground is very good about keeping them clean. The bathhouses are clean as can be expected from a campground. The showers are free and we didn't have any problem with water pressure or having a hot shower at all. There are many sites at this campground but we thought the sites were rather close together. The size of the tent sites varies a lot from very large to somewhat small. Each site has a fire ring and a picnic table. We had site T-20 right along the water and the views were beautiful. There are lots of trees and shade and this site gave us plenty of room for our large tent and a screen house which we put over the picnic table. Sites away from the shore were very grassy and on level ground. The campground allows pets as long as they are leashed. There were many RV sites but note that you will be extremely close to your neighbor! It just seemed that there was no privacy for those who had RV's. For those looking for a remote camping experience, you will at times hear the traffic on Route 3 and small engine planes from the airport across the water. For us, the location was perfect as we really enjoyed knowing that Bar Harbor and the local Walmart were only about 15 minutes away. We would definitely stay at Mt. Desert Narrows again.

  • Stayed: July 2007, traveled with family
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6  Thank gogo1227
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Reviewed August 25, 2006

We camped with our pop-up at one of this campgrounds waterfront sites. If I had to pass along only one thing about this campsite, it would be that the campsites are VERY VERY close to each other. When I say that I literally could have reached out and touched my neighbor's RV while laying in bed in my pop-up. Sitting by the fire ring, we were about 10 feet from our neighbors on each side. The attached picture shows TWO sites to the right of ours after our neighbors left. The picnic table right next to the camper is NOT ours!! It was our neighbor's. There really is no reason they had to put the sites this close together, except that the owners are obviously trying to rake in the cash. To make matters worse, the campground put my family, who was camping in a pop-up, between 2 giant RVs that ran their A/C all night and watched movies and TV until the wee hours. When I checked in, I even asked the desk person if she could tell me what kind of rig was in the adjacent sites, she said "oh, I don't have that information." C'mon lady, are you kidding? You've got the computer monitor right in front of you! I only can conclude that she answered in that way because she did not want me to know how mismatched our site placement was. It left a bad taste in my mouth. On the whole, the campground is kept clean and orderly. The bathrooms are spartan (what do you expect, it's camping!) but, despite the fact that some people are total slobs, kept fairly clean. The campground runs some decent evening family programs (magician, "Elvis" appearance, movie night, arts and crafts), which my kids (13, 10, 8) enjoyed. Also, the pool is small but heated. The prices in the camp "store" (basic minimums only) are overpriced but if youve spent any time camping, you expect that. Finally, the scenery and hiking opportunities on this island (the entrance to Acadia is about 5 minutes by car from the campsite and there also is a free natural gas powered shuttle that stops at the campsite and will take you all over the park) are exceptional. If you are coming to Acadia to camp, I recommend checking out the national park sites - less expensive, much (much) more secluded. The only down side is that the campground in the national park does not have shower facilities but there is a private shower house facility just outside the park. If you can deal with that, it's a no-brainer, go with the federal park.

  • Stayed: August 2006, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 14, 2016
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  • Stayed: October 2016, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 3, 2015
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  • Stayed: July 2015, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Mt Desert Narrows Camping Resort

Address: 1219 State Highway 3, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-7140
Location: United States > Maine > DownEast and Acadia Maine > Mount Desert Island > Bar Harbor
Amenities:
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 21 Specialty Lodging in Bar Harbor
Price Range: $25 - $75 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 206
Also Known As:
Mount Desert Narrows Camping Hotel Bar Harbor
Mt Desert Narrows Camping Resort Bar Harbor, Maine

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