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Acadia National Park Camping

Acadia National Park oceanview
Cadillac Mountain Summit, Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park is among the most popular national parks in the US. Stretching across a large expanse of Mount Desert Island, here the mountains greet the sea with breathtaking coastal vistas, making the region arguably the most beautiful landscape to behold on the entire east coast. Since its discovery by Samuell de Champlain in 1604, the Acadia National Park estate has remained relatively unchanged and unspoiled. It’s no surprise then that Acadia National Park camping is quite popular in the region.

Consisting of more than 47,000 acres, Acadia National Park is a worthy retreat for camping and exploration. Here, visitors are likely to observe wildlife from deer, puffins, beavers to moose. The drive to your campsite will promise beautiful scenery and set the tempo for your camping trip.

Things to do in Acadia

Despite is rather small size for a national park, Acadia offers eight mountains and a plethora of hikes and biking paths on Mount Desert Island. Your camping trips to Acadia National Park should include hiking. The Beehives are a popular hiking trail in Acadia National Park–a bit challenging, but certainly worth it!

Visit the Jordan Pond Tea House right in Acadia National Park along the Park Loop Road. We recommend the pop overs and the crab cakes!

Acadia National Park camping is often on many people’s bucket list–if it’s not yet, then it should be! Many travel great distances to visit Mount Desert Island in their lifetime. If this is the only visit you plan to the area, you may want stop by a few towns on Mount Desert Island while on your camping trip in Acadia National Park. The town of Bar Harbor is an easy choice with the many coastal excursions including boat tours of the island or even experiencing the local culture.

Read our Top 10 Things to do in Acadia National Park article for more ideas

Maine Campground/Camping Tips:

Make a reservation. Acadia is very popular in the summer. There are very few properties that honor a no-reservation policy.

Be aware fires are prohibited except for fireplaces or receptacles on designated campground areas. As Smokey The Bear says, “Only you can prevent forest fires.”

Prevent non-native insects from invading the park, bringing firewood from other areas is prohibited. You can purchase kindling or firewood from the campground facility.

Pack sunscreen and bug spray, and dress in layers, evenings in Maine get chilly.

Some campgrounds offer cottage rentals with modern bathrooms and hot showers or RV parking with full hook up service.

See our Guide to  campgrounds in Acadia National Park, and our  Maine Lodging Guide

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