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Blackwoods Campground
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Boston, Massachusetts
Level 5 Contributor
47 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Great site for this camping novice!”
Reviewed 6 June 2012

I am a camping novice. Never done it before, but excited to start. So, as a novice I was hoping the Blackwoods campground at Acadia would be easy to handle for me. It was. Make sure you make a reservation! The check in process is pretty easy once you get there and you are assigned a spot. Many of them are right off the road, so be aware of that, although a few set back from the road. The one next to us was set way back and was quite the cozy spot, and I was very jealous we didn’t get it! (It was B50 if I remember correctly. Maybe request it if you can!). Your camping spot is small, but would fit what you need. There is a picnic table and fire pit there as well. Luckily, even though we had neighbors on both sides it wasn’t that bad as on one side there some trees separating us and the other side was that great spot that was set back farther.

I completely expected the bathrooms to be a hot mess, and was pleasantly surprised that they were not. A short walk from our campsite, they were spacious and fairly clean. I found that the other campers there were very courteous when it came to keeping the bathrooms clean, noise levels, etc…. The showers are actually outside of the campground off of the main road, but a 2 minute drive away (24 hour coin operated showers. $2 for 4 minutes. Also surprisingly fairly clean).

To hike and explore Acadia you do have to go outside of the campground and at first it took us a while to figure out how to get around Acadia then back to our campground. There is a ocean path off of the campground that is nice and scenic.

For my first camping experience, this was a good one for sure. I will ease myself into completely “roughing it” but I had a great time. To note: there are a lot of families here so if like our neighbors that we overheard, “I can’t stand dogs and children”, this might not be the place for you. However, as I stated earlier, it was fairly quiet even with all of the families and dogs.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Portland, Maine
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Reviewed 30 May 2012

Acadia is a tenting mecca, but camping with a small RV is possible at Blackwoods. The campground can accommodate larger campers (and we saw several), but the sites are so small that it's difficult unless one has friends/family camping at adjacent sites to allow "spillover". We have a small camper (13') and it was perfect. There are no hook-ups, so bring plenty of your own water and batteries. There is a dump station. A new law in Maine prevents anyone from bringing their own firewood into the State, and this campground offers free armloads of cut and split wood - but it's hit or miss whether they've got any available, so it's not a bad idea to stop at one of the homes on the way into the park selling $2.50 or $3.00 bundles (usually honor system) by the side of the road. The bathroom facilities were clean, if odorific, with running water but no showers. There is a pay-shower facility on Rte 3 near the campground. Dogs are allowed but, again, the sites are so close together that it becomes imperative to keep them leashed and quiet. We had opted to leave ours home, and were glad we did. We had our 6yo grand-daughter with us and she was able to earn her Jr. Ranger badge right from the campground, which was convenient. If you go to the Blackwoods check-in building, you'll see her name tag first on the board of Jr. Rangers for the 2012 season!! One of the tasks to earn the badge was to go on a hike and record something she learned, and we chose the Triad Pass trail from Jordan Pond - it was perfect. One mile up, gradual ascent, beautiful trail - great for kids and older people. There are no playgrounds or swimming pool for kids (a KOA campground on the other side of Bar Harbor might be more conducive to families looking for those things), but we found Sand Beach nearby to be nice for sunbathing and splashing in the waves - again, crowded, but it IS Acadia - the most visited National Park in the country - be prepared for crowds! (Unless you go when we like to go - mid-winter snowmobiling - completely fantastic!!)

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with family
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Bar Harbor, Maine
Level 2 Contributor
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 February 2012

Blackwoods campground is located in Acadia National Park, in the heart of Mount Desert Island, Maine. For over forty years this campground has been one of my families favorite vacation destinations, in fact I loved the area so much we moved to the island 15 years ago. Blackwoods has undergone some changes in recent years, new vegetation has been planted throughout the campground, many of the social paths that connected one campsite to the next have been removed, and most of the restrooms are now well screened off by brush and tree's.
What hasn't changed is many of the features Blackwoods Campground has become famous for, including nice shaded tent sites, a free wood pile (when available), a popular hiking trail directly across from the campground (Cadillac South ridge Hiking Trail) a country store with food and camping items just around the corner, and hot showers just across the road. And one of the biggest features is the free Islanbd Explorer buses that service the campground from early Summer through October, carrying campers to and from Downtown Bar Harbor, Maine as well as to many other destinations throughout the National Park. The free buses run throughout the day and into the late evening.

PROS;

306 CAMP SITES

Group camp sites available

Hot showers availabe across from campground

free firewood - when available

popular Cadillac Southwest Hiking trail across from campground

with 15 minute drive of downtown Bar Harbor

short walk to ocean views

live nightly entertainment

wall outlets for charging small devices in restrooms

camp store right around corner from campground

pay phone available

campground serviced by free Island Explorer Buses

CONS;

NO HOOKUPS

NO ELECTRICITY

Cell phone service is hit or miss due to surrounding mountains

Blackwoods Campground is by reservation only, and you should get your reservations in as early as you can. Campsites are $20 per night, and if you are a senior or disabled, you can visit the Park Visitors center in Hulls Cove and apply for a free card that entitles you to free entrance into all the National Parks as well as half off all National Park Campgrounds. You will need two pieces of paper work showing you are a senior or that you are disabled.

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Reservations may be made on the NRRS website., to get to their website type in Recreation.gov

Room Tip: This is a campground, my tip is to book your reservations early in the year
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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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Pepperell
Level 5 Contributor
91 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 February 2012

Always love staying with family here but this year we were renting rv's and couldn't get answer if tip-outs were allowed so we cancelled. Would be nice to know we have two tip-outs in one camper and one in another. We usually tent but decided on rv's this year. We have been coming here for 4 years and just location for hiking and all our grandkids (11) can enjoy each others company wheather riding bikes or just hanging by fire.

Room Tip: screen house of some type for table and food
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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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Watertown, New York
Level 5 Contributor
58 reviews
17 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 30 November 2011

We stayed here twice, once in June and another time in October. Both times were great, no crowds, except for one Saturday in October. The sites are nice and wooded and bathrooms are clean. Only complaint is we wish RV hookups were separated from tent sites, it was annoying listening to a generator every morning. We also wish we could pick our site. But, all in all a great campground in an amazing park!

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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West Chester, Pennsylvania
Level 3 Contributor
22 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 September 2011

I had a great stay at Blackwoods Campground. The check-in was very quick and smooth with my reservation. I had a great location (A28) that fit my car and my tent well. I felt safe and comfortable the whole time.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled solo
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Honeoye Falls, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 August 2011

We stayed here for a week with our 12 yr old son and dog to get back to the basics of life, natural surroundings, no electronics and just being together as a family. The sites are nice - nicer than I have seen at expensive private camprounds. Bathrooms are nice albeit the showers are $2.00 in quarters and up on the main road but are clean and hot. The site was level with a pebble & log trimmed outline along the whole site, back and around the campfire ring, with a spacious enough area in a "21' camper site" to fit our 21' camper along with our large vehicle and much space to spare. Very quiet each night even with the comings and goings of campers on either side and behind. The Ocean Path in the campground is a must every morning with your coffee to see the sun coming up over the ocean waves high on a rocky cliff. The rangers are ready to provide lots of information - only wished I had spent more time in the office for hiking recommendations. Neat to go to the Jordon Pond House for their famous popovers -- as you eat them you can imagine the ladies and gents of the 1800's sitting in the same spot eating them too! I recommend Hunter's Beach not too far up Park Loop - it's a very nice rocky beach with a babbling brook rolling down the side.

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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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Property: Blackwoods Campground
Address: Route 3, five miles south of Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, Acadia National Park, Mount Desert Island, ME
Region: United States > Maine > DownEast and Acadia Maine > Mount Desert Island > Acadia National Park
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Ranked #1 of 2 Speciality Lodging in Acadia National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 306
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