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Old 03-22-2019, 10:48 AM   #1
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Want to explore Acadia National Park

Any picks for campgrounds in the area? We have a 42 foot fifth wheel so not sure if that limits our options.

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Old 03-22-2019, 01:37 PM   #2
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Want to explore Acadia National Park

If you reserve early enough you should not have a problem. Choice would depend on what side of Bar Harbor you would like to be at. I like Hadleyís point campground. Itís been years since I have been camping there. There are lots of campgrounds to choose from. You can always stay outside of Bar Harbor if you donít want to deal with all the tourist dependent on what time of year you plan on staying.

This one is 4 miles from Acadia park entrance.

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Old 03-22-2019, 01:54 PM   #3
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It's been 3-4 years since we were there, but we stayed at Narrows Too. It's right on the water, was very nice, outside of Bar Harbor, but there were shuttles, but we just drove in and did all the park had to offer.
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Old 03-22-2019, 01:56 PM   #4
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I posted this in another discussion so a few pieces may sound out of place... I live in Maine about 2 hours from Acadia.... My Two Cents;

"I can't speak to the campground you have booked but I usually recommend the KOA Oceanside for those coming from away. It has sites on the water (I actually don't recommend those) and many with water views. Staying right on the water usually entails lots of wind coming off the water- I prefer to stay near the water. The KOA has reasonable prices and easy to maneuver sites. They are also very close to Bar Harbor downtown- with a bus service if you wanted.
These may be available at other campgrounds too. However, my wife and I have visited nearly every campground on the island to "check them out" (very nice staff who allowed us a drive through look on a visit last summer).
After visiting all the other campgrounds, we liked KOA the best for the prices.

*There are two KOA's in Bar Harbor. Oceanside and Woodlands. Stay at OCEANSIDE. Driving through Woodlands we noticed that there were many low lying areas that are probably wet year round... Likely many bugs here!

If you stay at Oceanside I encourage you to avoid sites 101-122, they are more or less a "field setup". Shoot for anything in the lower left section of the campground map. (I am assuming you will want full hookups.)"
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Old 03-22-2019, 02:59 PM   #5
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We and three other families are headed there this August. We'll be staying at Hadley's.

Your headline said "Explore". I highly recommend the book: Discover Acadia National Park put out by the Appalachian Mountain Club. It goes into great depth on the best hiking, biking and paddling treks you can take.
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Old 03-22-2019, 08:03 PM   #6
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We stayed at Smugglers Den 2 years ago due to its central locale on the island. Nice place, quiet and big rig friendly.

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Old 03-23-2019, 12:52 PM   #7
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Just a tip for visiting the park. If you can get going early you can drive to many of the popular locations like Thunder Hole or Jordan Pond. The parking lots get full after 8:30 AM. Otherwise take the free shuttle and save some aggravation.

Bring bikes if you can. There are wonderful carriage paths to bike on within the park.

It is one of our favorite National Parks! Enjoy!
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We also like Smuggler's Den, and camp there every fall. Central location, privately owned by nice folks, close to Southwest Harbor/Echo Lake/Beech Mountain/Acadia Mountain/lots of other places. Our TV and TT measure 58' when hitched, and we have no issues getting in and out of the campground. We have also been to Hadley Point, Bar Harbor Campground (no advance reservations), Narrows Too and even Blackwoods in years past and with a variety of tents/pop-ups/TTs, and enjoyed all of them. Fabulous get-away for those who love outdoors activities, and possibly one of the "dog-friendliest" locations I've ever visited. Enjoy!
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Old 03-23-2019, 01:09 PM   #9
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Don't miss the restaurant at Jordan Pond. We've gone to the park just for the popovers.
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Old 03-23-2019, 01:10 PM   #10
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Stayed at Narrows Too in 2015. The shuttles are free, frequent and gets you to many places. Nice pool and clubhouse but very little shade.

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