Top 10 Campgrounds and RV Parks Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park is a dream destination for many. It is the oldest national park east of the Mississippi and covers 47,000 acres from the Schoodic Peninsula, Mount Desert Island, and Isle Au Haut area. The park is composed of a cluster of islands on the coast of Maine. The terrain encompasses mountains, wetlands, forests, meadows, and beaches, and offers a some of the best scenic views in the country.

The area is a biker and hiker’s paradise. The park has a network of 57 miles of carriage roads available for hiking, biking, or horseback riding and an additional 120 miles of hiking trails. You’ll find stunning views of the ocean and the granite peaks of Mount Desert Island.

While you’re in the area, visit the quaint cottage town of Bar Harbor. You’ll find local specialties and all the great lobster dishes that make Maine famous. When you get ready to leave, you can get great information on where to go next on “The 10 Best RV Trips in Maine.”

We’ve chosen these 10 best campgrounds in the Acadia National Park area based on their ratings, reviews, and amenities. These RV parks offer something for everyone.

Blackwoods Campground

Blackwoods Campground is located inside the Acadia tiol Park. Visitors enjoy hiking along the coast and mountains, biking, kayaking, ranger talks, and rrated boat tours. Acadia’s Island Explorer Shuttle busses provide free transportation inside the park and to local community attractions.

Why You’ll Love Blackwoods Campground

Acadia tiol Park offers scenic wilderness views, but Bar Harbor is only 15 minutes away. Park visitors enjoy views of the Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse, Cadillac Mountain, the Sieur de Monts Spring Area, and Isle au Haut.

Schoodic Woods Campground

Located inside the Acadia tiol Park on the Schoodic Peninsula, this campground is breathtakingly beautiful. All the sites are wooded and only a short walk to the ocean. A six-mile loop offers spectacular views of lighthouses, wildlife and forested islands. Follow eight miles of hiking trails or bike paths.

Why You’ll Love Schoodic Woods Campground

Schoodic Woods Campground is remotely located in a quiet location. The Schoodic institute nearby has an Education and Research Center that offers science and education programs in the park. There are beautiful hiking and biking trails and a free shuttles around the Acadia tiol Park and into nearby towns.

What People Are Saying About Schoodic Woods Campground

“Bar Harbor experience.” There are no T shirt shops, no fudge shops. This is Acadia. Great drives along the rocky Maine coast. Nice bicycle paths, great hiking. Great sites for everything from large motor homes to small walk-in tent sites. Park operates a free shuttle all along the peninsula, including the town of Winter Harbor, where there are restaurants and some shopping. We camped at Schoodic Woods Campground in a Fifth Wheel.” – mroswell, RV Park Reviews

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Mount Desert Campground

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Located on Mount Desert Island, just minutes from Acadia tiol Park, this campground is also convenient to Bar Harbor. Campsites are wooded and some are on the water. The campground offers boating, salt water fishing and swimming, and hot showers. Mount Desert campground is primarily tent campground, but it can accomodate RVs up to 20 feet.

Why You’ll Love Mount Desert Campground

This is a family oriented campground in a lovely wooded setting. It is convenient to local shopping and the park, but offers more amenities than the campgrounds inside Acadia tiol Park. The free Southwest Bar Harbor Shuttle stops in the park and takes you all over the island including the park and to local shopping and restaurants.

What People Are Saying About Mount Desert Campground

“We are a family who is used to state park campgrounds and I have to tell you that this campground blows those out of the water. From the (mostly) private, wooded lots to the size of the campground to the pristinely clean (cleaned 2x a day) bathrooms, this is most definitely the place to go if you want to camp near Bar Harbor. I have to say that it’s very refreshing to find a campground that rents to like-minded folks. We observe quiet hours, clean up our trash and take very good care of our sites. At 10pm, you could hear a pin drop in that place! I love that they have staff that live on site with very clearly marked housing. I felt comfortable enough allowing my 9 year old to walk to the Gathering Place alone and he loved it!” – Dinkerbugs, TripAdvisor

Bar Harbor Campground

After a day exploring Acadia National Forest, Bar Harbor Campground is the perfect place to kick back and relax. Enjoy the ocean view while you swim or just relax at your peaceful, wooded site.

Why You’ll Love Bar Harbor Campground

Just outside the campground are two restaurants, Mainely Meats and Travelin’ Lobster. Both serve up great meals. Catch the free shuttle for rides throughout Acadia National Forest and to most anywhere in town. It’s a great way to see Bar Harbor without worrying about parking.

What People Are Saying About Bar Harbor Campground

“There is a shuttle bus that picks up at the entrance to this park – nice, because finding a place to park in Bar Harbor is a real pain. This is the closest park to Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor, and reasonably priced for the area. Boat trips out of Bar Harbor are interesting. Great bike paths (on the carriage roads) in Acadia! A Walmart in Ellsworth (on your way in or out).” – RV Park Reviews

Mainstay Cottages and RV Park

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Located in the traditional fishing village of Winter Harbor, and only a few minutes from the Schoodic section of Acadia National Forest, visitors enjoy wooded hiking trails and views of Maine’s rocky shores. The Mainstay RV Park offers freshwater swimming and golfing, biking, and kayak rentals are only a few minutes away.

Why You’ll Love Mainstay Cottages and RV Park

This is a small RV park with only 10 sites, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to get to know your neighbors. The park sits on 4 acres overlooking Henry Cove. Each RV site has a great view. Like the parks above, it is close to the Acadia National Forest and convenient to the town of Winter Harbor.

What People Are Saying About Mainstay Cottages and RV Park

“This small park gets high marks for a spectacular setting, ideal location for sightseeing, nice level pads and services, free washer and clothesline (solar dryer!) and good wifi. The proprietors are friendly and helpful and take pride in their facility and town. The downsides are: VERY close together sites sharing the same pedestal. We could NOT put out our awning all the way. The way to avoid this is to book early and request a sideview slot rather than a front view one…there are only a couple or so of those but have much more room. You are buying a well equipped parking spot with solid water, electric, sewer and wifi…and a spectacular water view in a clean and quiet central location. I gave it an 8 for the beauty! We would return. We camped at MainStay Cottages and RV Park in a Motorhome.” – Camaraderie, RV Park Reviews

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Located on the west side of the island, this KOA gets beautiful sunset views over the ocean. If you are lucky enough to get an ocean view site, you’ll have gorgeous views all day long. The park has 3,500 feet of Atlantic shoreline and is close to Acadia National Park. Amenities include a playground for the little ones and basketball for teens and adults. Use the free shuttle for transportation to the park and nearby attractions.

Why You’ll Love Bar Harbor /Oceanside KOA

You’ll love the ocean views, especially the pastel colored sunsets. This KOA has a lobster pound where you can get freshly caught lobster prepared in a variety of ways. There is also a KOA Express Fun Train and plenty of planned activities.

Lamoine State Park

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Centrally located with easy access to Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, and area attractions. Visitors enjoy the fishing pier, interpretive trail, boating and scenic views. There are great spots for kayaking, swimming, and collecting seashells. It is also close to shopping areas and grocery stores.

Why You’ll Love Lamoine State Park

This ocean front park has easy access to Bar Harbor, Acadia National Park, local lighthouses, and rockbound islands. It has beautiful views of Frenchman’s Ban and a playground for the kids. A local business provides steamed lobsters delivered right to your campsite.

What People Are Saying About Lamoine State Park

“Lamoine State Park, Lamoine Island, Maine- 62 sites unserviced. You can make reservations here until Labor Day but not available or needed in the fall. Sites of different sizes and some with views of Frenchmen Bay looking out to Acadia. Many are not level. Located 8 miles south of Ellsworth with boating, swimming, hiking in a beautiful setting. Cost $32.70 for someone from another state. We have camped here many times and it was just a one night stay for us. Bathrooms are clean with hot showers. This is just a beautiful place to stay. Fishing boats leave the harbor every morning and you can watch them come back in with their catch. Sometimes you can buy a lobster or two right from the boats. Sunsets are beautiful and looking out you can even see Cadillac Mountain. 56 M is a beautiful site overlooking the bay!” – gsnakehill, RV Park Reviews.

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Located a little over 8 miles away from Acadia National Park in Southwest Harbor, ME, Smuggler’s Den Campground is on the free Island Express Shuttle service with access to Acadia National Park and island attractions. This family owned campground is run by 3 generations of the Worcester Family. They offer friendly hospitality and nice amenities. Enjoy the heated pools, or take the 20 minute walk to the sandy beaches of Echo Lake in Acadia National Park. Other trails lead to views of Somes Sound, St. Sauveur mountains, or climb the iron ladder trail to the stunning views of Beech Cliff.

Why You’ll Love ME

This is a nice campground for families with a playground, heated pool with slide, and a kiddie pool. Enjoy hiking the trails into Acadia National Park or use the free shuttle to get into the park or area businesses and attractions.

Flanders Bay Cabins and Mountain View Campground

Why You’ll Love Flanders Bay Cabins and Mountain View Campground

Located between Schoodic Point and Bar Harbor, this family and pet friendly campground is perfect for visiting Acadia National Park and surrounding towns. There is an antique store on the property and an ice cream store next door.

Timberland Acres RV Park

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Located on 35 acres of woodlands, Timberland Acres RV Park offers planned activities in addition to a playground, shuffleboard, horseshoes, a recreation room and pavilion, an arcade and swimming pool. It is a little over 12 miles north of Acadia National Park and on the free shuttle route.

Why You’ll Love Timberland Acres RV Park

In addition to their regular amenities, Timberland Acres RV Park plans special activities. You’ll enjoy yoga classes on Tuesdays, walks on Friday mornings, and men’s golf on Mondays and Thursdays. There are day trips and dinners and special activities for holidays.

What People Are Saying About Timberland Acres RV Park

“Large park with very easy access, roads are easy to navigate and sites are long with plenty of pull throughs. However sites are kind of close together. Seasonals are along the tree line while transients are in the middle in an open field. Basic utilities are satisfactory, need a sponge ring for septic. Park has wifi which all though is regulated is fairly strong and sufficient for email, searching, news, etc. No cable. Over air is about 10 channels. Park is located approx 20 minutes from Bar Harbor with very easy access. Office is well run and efficient. Owners take great care in maintaining sites, facilities and order. Sites are fairly close together, our picnic table was approx 4 feet from neighbors septic. We camped at Timberland Acres RV Park in a Motorhome.” – Gargoyle, RV Park Reviews

In Summary

The Timberland Acres RV Park is the only Good Sam Park located near Acadia National Park on this list.

You have many excellent camping opportunities near Acadia National Park. The campgrounds inside the park are beautiful, but offer few amenities other than their fantastic views. If you want a campsite on the water, Mainstay RV Park and Mountain View Campground have ocean-view sites.

If you enjoy your creature comforts, Smuggler’s dens has heated pools and other amenities. Timberland Acres RV Park also offers a good mix of features.

We found monthly rates of $625 to $875 at Timberland Acres RV Park. Many of the area parks do not allow long term camping or they offer a discount off of the daily rates.

You’ll find that it is easy to rent an RV near the Acadia National Park, especially if you use our peer-to-peer rental site. RVshare.com has listings from RV owners, RV rental companies, and RV dealers. The prices are reasonable because of the competition and you’ll be able to choose the type of RV and floor plan that works best for your situation.

If you need more information on these campgrounds, or information on other RV parks in the area, visit RVparking.com. They offer a full listing of parks in the area. If you own your RV, remeber that there are places locally where you can store it between seasons or as needed. You’ll find more information on RVs for sale near Acadia National Park and the top 10 dealers nearby here on RVshare.com.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost to camp in Acadia National Park?

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How much does it cost to RV park in Acadia National Park?

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How long can you stay at an RV Park in Acadia National Park?

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Are there pet friendly RV Parks & Campgrounds in Acadia National Park?

Yes. The majority of campgrounds we selected in this blog allow pets.