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Mt Desert Narrows Camping Resort
Certificate of Excellence
Billerica, Massachusetts
1 review
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Reviewed August 14, 2012

I am giving the campround an average rating. It was ok for what we needed, a base camp to enjoy the beautiful state of maine. With that said, we have 3 kids and they found the campground completely boring.The pool was extremely cloudy( we have a pool at home and it didnt look good to me so the kids didnt go in it) , the "playground" was outdated, but there was a BB net so that was good. And it is on the water BUT you really cant access it to enjoy.The views were pretty though. The store staff /checkin are very nice and cheerful. BUT>There was a problem about 930 pm one night where some teenagers broke a bath house window, and there was a huge sharp pain of glass sticking out of an outside sink that was NOT lit up very well, No staff could be found. I was afraid someone was going to reach in and get cut bad, so i called encore hoping they would have an emergency # , they said We are in Fl, we dont know how to reach them either. KINDA crazy huh? Cant reach anyone at 930 pm? What if you had a major prob with something???Anyway, Not our worst campground BUT def not our best either. Average.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 10, 2012

We stayed in Site 139. Full sun still the mid afternoon. Site was big most others were too. Playgrounds could use some updating. Low water pressure. Pool was like bath water. No one came around to tell us the fire has to be out. Which was nice. Campground noise level was quiet for the amount of people that were there. Dogs welcome but most be cleaned up after and on leashes. We had sight of the bay until another camper pulled in front of us.They recycle but not paper. Dumpsters were emptied twice during our 6 day stay. Bathrooms were clean. Never look in the showers so can't comment on them. They at least 2 shower/bath houses with a place to wash dishes outside if you need to use it. They do have honey pot service for $25 need to tell the office by 10am if you want to be on the water. They also have 2 dump station. A little pricey- if you stay for 7 days the 7th day is free. There is also free shuttle service all around the park run by the island that runs every 1/2 hour.

  • Stayed August 2012
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Springfield, VA
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33 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed August 8, 2012

Without knowing very much about the area, I chose this campground. I wish I had known much more about what my actual waterfront choices on Mt Desert Island were. We stayed in slot 87, the 2nd highest price point.
PROS:
Clean campground. Pool if we had wanted it. Plenty of showers close to us. Tree'd wide spot, and very long. Shuttle bus stop, close to Acadia NP entrance.
CONS:
I wanted a waterfront spot so when on the phone with ENCORE reservations, he noted two different price points. He did not know the difference between the two, but, on the map, both were on the water so he suggested the cheaper one. We get here and we are indeed on the water, but our view was blocked by bushes or shrubs about six feet tall. We had to be way back on our site to see the water. To add insult to injury, our fire ring was right up against the shrubs so when we decided to build a fire, we couldn't sit all around the ring and were starring at bushes. We tried to move the ring but it was secured to the ground. I asked to get it moved and the bushes trimmed, but no response.
This is what happens when reservation centers are not on site, and are not involved personally with the campsite.
After driving around, I would have stayed on one of the sounds on the west side, or at a place that was owned and run by locals.

Room Tip: Pay extra for great views along the water-sites 88 and higher.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Brunswick, Maine
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Reviewed July 29, 2012

We have been camping at Mount Desert Narrows for 10 years now. Since the campground has been bought by new owners and reservations made through Encore, the place has gone downhill. Office staff was ver friendly. We have always liked the location and the size of the sites, but campground is no longer maintained well. Our site had not been mowed for a couple weeks. The office and store was supposed to be open from 8 am to 8 pm. We stopped by at 7:10 one evening and found that it was locked. One of the workers came out and said that they now close at 7:00, but hadn't changed the sign yet. At noontime, that same day, there were three women working in the office. You would think that they could schedule their workers better, so that it was staffed for the full day. There were many empty camp sites. This would be understandable for September or October, but this was mid-July. There used to be nightly hayrides and activities (ice cream socials, entertainment), but the onlyactivity during the week we were there was "Elvis." We hope that the owners put more into this campground and bring it back to the way it was, because we have always enjoyed staying here in the past.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Buffalo, New York
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10 reviews
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Reviewed July 24, 2012

We stayed in one of the campground rental trailers. It was clean and had plenty of room for the four of us. Shower was very small but that goes along with staying in a camper. the kids loved the pool. Some of the reviews mentioned that the grounds were dirty. We saw none of that. The staff was very friendly and helpful. Some have mentioned how cramped the sites were. compared to some of the others we saw these sites had plenty of room.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Portland, Maine, USA
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10 reviews
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Reviewed July 19, 2012

We've stayed here two summers in a row in one of their 12x12 cabin tents. Very easy & cheap lodging for our family of 3. Site includes cabin tent with 2 cots on a wooden platform, power outlets both inside and outside the tent (so you can bring a fan), water faucet, picnic table, 2 camp chairs, fire pit, and a nice water view. Price is nice, and it's only few minutes' drive from downtown Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park.

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Manchester, New Hampshire
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61 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed June 26, 2012

This place would have been fine if it hadn't cost so much. $350 for 4 nights for 6 people at a full hook up site, and it wasn't even a premium site! Bathrooms wereols & small. Our site was soggy. Pool was old but at least it was nice & warm. Kids liked the playground but wished it had a little more equipment.

  • Stayed June 2012
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Property: 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 #3 of 21 Specialty Lodging in Bar Harbor
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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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