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Somes Sound View Campground
Reviewed 26 August 2013

Stayed here for one night last week in the Anchor Site. We loved the site, had a little shady tree spot, great view, and our tent overlooked the water. The bathrooms were clean, large. We didn't shower here, because the idea of buying tokens was a little weird. We were also a little close to a very large group, but they were quiet, it was just not very private at all.

We used the campgrounds dock to fish off of - tons of mackeral early in the morning!
Overall we will def. be back in the future.

Room Tip: Anchor waterfront site!
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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 August 2013

The four of us (2 adults & 2 children) camped with a very small pop-up (Coleman Colorado), a large tent (REI Hobitat 6) and an LL Bean screen room. There was plenty of room on the site and it was level with just enough slope to keep it dry in case it rained. Water and electric were conveniently located on our site (#42).

The campground was beautiful, with wooded sites, a quarry in the center, and shore access. The staff was pleasant and helpful. There was space to store our kayak near the water. The sites are small enough to restrict the campground to only accommodating small RVs, pop-ups, and tents, which is what attracted us. There is not a lot of room between sites and there are a lot of them packed into a relatively small area. This is what we have come to expect outside of the state or national park campgrounds. Fortunately, with the exception of one car alarm followed by uncontrollable giggling for more than a hour until near midnight, everyone was quiet and respected the campground's quiet hours. Early morning walks down to see the sound were rewarded with the beautiful sights and sounds of an active harbor and there are plenty of things to see and do nearby. Kayaking in the sound was very enjoyable although at low tide the boat ramp gets very steep.

The bathhouse was clean and there were conveniently located Port-o-pottys that were also kept very clean.

My one nitpick would be the extra charges. $5 per night for our tent, even though it did not change the occupancy numbers for our site, and tokens needed to shower - $1 for 5 minutes.

One incredible discovery was "The Common Good Cafe" a short drive away in Seawall, which served fresh hot homemade Popovers and Oatmeal along with coffee and juices every morning for the price of a donation (pay what you think it's worth). The money goes to a very good cause.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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Thank Dean O
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Reviewed 23 August 2013

Beautiful small and quiet campsite with stunning views. Gorgeous area to relax on the jetty by the water. The staff were really friendly and helpful. Bathroom facilities large and clean but you do have to pay $1 for a shower.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Keri B
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Reviewed 20 August 2013

This campground has beautiful views of the sound. We enjoyed waking up to boats floating by each morning. Bathrooms were big and clean! I would changes a few things. Having to by tokens for the shower was a bit strange. And the price of the shower was a little high, $1.00 for six minutes, but having a clean shower was worth the price. The dumpsters were overflowing for the four nights we were there. Campsites were clean and despite what they tell you, there are fire rings on each campsite so don't buy one to bring with you like we did. Lastly the set up of water and electric could be better situated on each campsite. We could not reach the water without a really long hose. All in all a nice place with some tweaks it would be perfect!

Room Tip: Do not bring your own campfire ring, they have them installed
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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 August 2013

No Sewell for RV, no control on late noises. They let travellers to show up at midnight and install them self. Radio music until midnight. Also 1 $ per shower (5 min.)

They sale wood for fire that are too green, not dry, impossible to light even with fire starter.....

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Reviewed 15 August 2013

It was a lovely campground. While it's crowded, it doesn't feel like you're on top of the people next to you. My boyfriend and I rented kayaks from the office (for a reasonable price), and it was an easy way to see the ocean without being surrounded by tourists. It's not too far from the park or Bar Harbor. Overall, a good time.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 August 2013

A decent family campground, but I feel the price was a bit high. Terraced and a bit hilly with most sites relatively flat with fine grit cinders covering each lot. We were tenting & it rained buckets all night & day. Our site drained well as did most it appeared. Small beach area and a few tiny cabins to choose from. The 1 bath house is OK, but can be overwhelmed when there are high vacancy's, but that's standard fair in most places now. If you're among the back-packing genre, this may not be your kind of place. This is not the "Wilderness" , it's more like parking lot camping for small trailers or pop-ups with minor privacy between sites. Would have liked to have seen a pavilion or some other sheltered structure to go to during our wet stay just to get out of the rain. Tough to get a decent cell signal if that is important to you.Otherwise it was ok & clean overall.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Somes Sound View Campground

Address: 5 Spinnaker Way, Mount Desert, Mount Desert Island, ME 04660-6521
Region: United States > Maine > DownEast and Acadia Maine > Mount Desert Island > Mount Desert
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 Speciality Lodging in Mount Desert
Price Range: £28 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Somes Sound View Campground is a small campground centrally located on Mount Desert Island along the rocky coast of Maine. Enjoy the peaceful setting surrounded by gorgeous woods, mountains, ocean and natural wildlife. See everything Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park have to offer, join us! ... more   less 
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