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Blackwoods Campground
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Reviewed 3 October 2013

An absolute must to do to really experience camping in Maine! From the exceptional welcome from the Rangers at check in, which included a biscuit of our two dogs, to the free daily armload of firewood and the great buses that cost NOTHING but would take you almost anywhere, there was very little downside to staying at Blackwoods. Although the assigned site for our first visit was not as level as we would have liked, we found out that the earlier you showed up the day of your reservation the better your chance for a better site selection. With our second reservation we went armed with a list of campsites we'd liked over our previous site however all were already occupied. But the new site we were assigned was perfect, flat, large and pretty private although it was next door to part of the trail to the sea. Now you must realize there is NO cell service in the park, no wireless that we could get to work (we had 3 different cell services and 2 wireless) and we couldn't get a single TV channel due to the trees. It's best to walk to the Rangers at the gate to get the daily forecast so you'll know how to dress for your adventures. Lots of nice walks, hikes and beautiful scenery. The other campers are interactive which is great, everyone will share with you what they did that day, biking, hiking, eating or just chilling! The bathrooms were plentiful and clean but remember, no hot water or showers. There are commercial showers on the main road that you can walk up to but you may want to time it so you can catch the bus back to the campground. There is no electricity or water at the sites but generators are allowed to be run within a very generous window of time daily. Everyone obeyed quiet time at night but there was one RV that just had to have the generator on a little early so they could get their coffee made! Can't wait to be able to schedule our next long vacation and go back here.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with family
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9  Thank Nancy R
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Reviewed 3 October 2013

We camped here for three days, and loved it. The sites are on the smaller side, but still fit our 8 man tent, a screen house, 4 chairs and a truck. Quite hours were adhered to which was great as we have a young child and go to bed early and getup early. Camp sites were nice and shaded and we notices most sites were very close to the restrooms, which are well maintained. The shuttle bus come to the campground and you can go just about anywhere in ANP or Bar Harbor with a few transfers. We found this feature extremely helpful. There are ranger led programs at night, though we never seemed to get back in time to participate. The rangers are very helpful and the station sells detailed trail maps. There are no showers, but there is a shower house right up the road and they have hot showers for $2 for 4 minutes. We look forward to coming here again. Although it was a full campground all three nights, you never got that impression as it was quiet, and no heavy traffic. There is a board up outside of the front ranger station that gives you the weather, tides, and other information each day. That was helpful in planning our sunrise and sunset hikes, as well as the best time for my son to title pool. Great place and 20 bucks to camp each night. Family and budget friendly.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank Pietrosmom
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Reviewed 25 September 2013

The bad: The rangers pick your campsite, there are no showers, there is only cold water in the sinks in the bathroom and you have to press the little button over and over to wash your hands or face, they have rules about quiet hours but nobody enforced them and our first night we were kept awake by our noisy neighbors. You know what else? We had the bad luck to have some sarcastic park rangers on duty. I could never tell if they were really answering my questions or making fun of me for asking what they considered stupid questions. Not nice.
The good: Our campsite wasn't too close to anybody else (except for the noisy people, obviously!) the campground is in a terrific location - close to park loop road, the stables, bar harbor,etc., the bathrooms were pretty clean, there is a pay-to-shower place nearby.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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6  Thank edanddebra
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Reviewed 21 September 2013

There are lots of campsites here but we still felt like we had a lot of privacy. The bathrooms are fine. There aren't any showers inside the campground, but just outside the entrance to the campground is a place where you can pay to shower (very nice and clean). There are strict rules about quiet hours and what is and isn't allowed in the campground (bikes are OK, but scooters are not). We appreciate the quiet hours rules since we had younger children with us. We didn't attend any ranger-led campfire programs, but evidently they do run them. The shuttle that runs through Acadia has a stop right in the campground which is pretty convenient and it takes about 15-20 minutes to drive to Bar Harbor.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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6  Thank Jennifer P
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Reviewed 19 September 2013 via mobile

We spent two nights at this campground. The spot was chosen by the staff upon our arrival at the entrance of the campground. They at least listened to our request that we get a spot near a trail that would take us to the coastal viewing spot. Our camp spot was clean and flat. The fire pit was spotless with no leftover ash and trash from the previous occupants. There were enough trees between camp spots to give us some privacy. Restrooms were well maintained and not too far of a walk. We didn't take advantage of the free shuttle bus that stopped at the campground check in but appeared to be on a regular schedule. Firewood and most of any last minute items were located close by but it's much easier to check you're list and make sure you brought any items you might need. For such a busy place, I thought that it was a nice place a not noisy after dark. Worth visiting again in my book.

  • Stayed: August 2013
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4  Thank J R
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Reviewed 17 September 2013

Awesome place to stay. An entirely different world with clean bathroom, enough of water and friendly Rangers, Staff, always nearby.
I was at the campground from 11th till the 14th of September, 2013 with my family. We placed our tent right, bought some firewood and collected some wet wood from nearby the campground hand a ton of fun lighting fire and working out with our campfire cooking. Surprisingly everything turned out to be the best of the best food we prepared. The second day was bit bothering with light drizzle so we ate lunch outside. At around 11:00 AM just before leaving, I realized my daughter had somehow drained my car batteries and it was not ready to start. Internet friendly people or cell phone callers "this is not the right place to visit", I wanted to be away from messages and calls so for me this was the best place, but what to do with the car in no-ignition state? I went to the rangers office at the campground entrance and just mentioned about my car batteries drained out problem. One of the rangers asked me to go back to my camp and he will be there to help me. It was just a matter of minutes the officer was at my campsite, helped me to start the car with a jump starter and we were out withing minutes of diagnosing the battery drain out problem. I offered the ranger some gift, but he declined and said he is happy to see us happy in his campground, Awesome. We loved the park and our first visit to Acadia has become memorable. The neighbors were nice (having much colorful tents) and we often exchanged hello. I will certainly visit Acadia and stay at Blackwoods, hopefully next time for a greater number of days. Thank you Officers, Rangers and Staff (Blackwood Campground at Acadia National Park) ...... from New Haven, CT

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with family
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4  Thank Bhupesh M
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Reviewed 14 September 2013 via mobile

Quiet and peaceful. Cadillac south ridge trail leaves straight from the campground so you can literally spend the day hiking and easily hop a shuttle to get back to blackwoods in the evening. If you're not a big hiker you can still use the shuttle from the campgrounds to get where you need to. The whole park is set up to accommodate adventures and Blackwoods is too convenient and inexpensive not to take advantage of.

  • Stayed: September 2013
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2  Thank Rubbertramp2
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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
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Speciality Lodging in Acadia National Park
Price Range: £14 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 306
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Year-round campgrounds at Acadia National Park. ... more   less 
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