Camping in Acadia National Park

Camping in Acadia National Park
Acadia National Park is located off the Maine coast on over 47,000 acres that exist on three separate islands. The park was established in 1916 by President Wilson and contains Cadillac Mountain, which has an elevation of 1,528 feet, making it the East Coast's highest peak within 25 miles of the Atlantic. Camping is a popular activity at Acadia National Park, with campgrounds in the park within hiking distance of the scenic seashore. Mount Desert Island, which contains most of the park, has two campgrounds, while a third is located on a smaller island.

Blackwoods Campground

The city of Bar Harbor, which is found on Mount Desert Island's northeast shore, is just five miles from the Blackwoods Campground. This Acadia National Park campground is open all year, but during the offseason, which runs from December 1 to the end of March, campers are required to hike in from the road and pack out their trash afterward. since the entrance is kept closed. In the winter, the facilities are primitive, with a portable toilet and hand water pump the main features. In the summer season, which goes from May through October, there are over 300 campsites available for a fee, with nearby restrooms that have running water. While there are showers at Blackwoods in the summer months, there are neither hookups nor utilities. Regulations stipulate only two tents per site and just a single vehicle, with a maximum of six people per party. If the weather allows, camping is permitted in April and November.

Seawall Campground

Seawall Campground is a first-come, first-serve type of campground, with 214 sites. No utilities and no hookups are on this site, but there are showers. Seawall is open from the end of May until September 30, and it is four miles to the south of the town of Southwest Harbor on Mount Desert Island. The same regulations that apply to Blackwoods are in effect, with just six in a party permitted and two tents with one vehicle.

Duck Harbor Campground

While Acadia does not allow any back country camping, those who want a little rougher time of it can opt to use the Duck Harbor Campground on Isle au Haut, one of the three islands that comprise the park. This campground is open from the middle of May until mid-October and has a total of five sites which must be reserved in advance. The facilities of Duck Harbor include lean-to shelters that can accommodate a tent, picnic tables, a fire ring, a hand pump that is more than a quarter mile form the camp, and a composting toilet. Campers need to be out of the site by 11 a.m. and generators cannot be employed from 10 p.m. through 8 a.m. Isle au Haut can only be accessed by boat.

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