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“Beautiful Setting”

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Mount Desert Campground
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Reading, Pennsylvania
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10 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Beautiful Setting”
Reviewed 5 July 2013 via mobile

This is truly the prettiest campground I have ever stayed at. The grounds are beautifully maintained. The bathrooms are spotless. My husband and I stayed at site E-8. It is a walk-in site, which meant we had to walk all our gear into our site. It was a bit of a walk, but I actually loved the hike, as it was so pretty. And once you got to your site, which was a gorgeous setting, you had total privacy. They did provide a cart for you to load your gear into and push to your site. The wooden platforms are just the best idea ever. I did feel it unjust that you had to pay to shower, since you are paying a nice fee to stay there. There is no camp store, which was inconvenient, but there is a convenience store up the road, which we frequented often. Otherwise, there is nothing else close by. One bit of advice, bring your own TP!!

  • Stayed July 2013
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2 Thank Bun55
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Owen C, Owner at Mount Desert Campground, responded to this review, 11 July 2013
Thank you for your kind and fair review. We'd like to address a couple of your sound concerns.

• No free hot showers- we think you'll find most campgrounds charge for showers. Beyond the monetary cost of providing hot water, the primary reason: we have to reasonably limit the length of a shower. It would be impractical to provide, say, 20 minute showers while avoiding fraying the nerves of those waiting to shower themselves.

• No general store- since the arrival of a large and truly comprehensive convenience store less than a mile from our campground, continuing to run our own store proved unfeasible. Therefore, we retained the most popular elements of our old Campstore- namely coffee, breakfast goods from assorted local bakeries, hand-dipped ice cream. and, of course, ice and firewood.

• Toilet paper- this is a hard one. Without painting any vivid pictures, cushiony multi-ply TP is brutal on septic systems. Our TP is one of the most widely used in public institutions in the U.S.- single ply and septic-friendly. Use a little more if you need to, but please refrain from bringing the thick stuff.

Thanks again and we hope to welcome you back in the future!
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Webster, New York
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Reviewed 2 July 2013

I've been camping for several years and this has been my favorite campground so far. All of my experiences have been at State Parks in New York. This was my first time camping in a private campground. My family spent 8 nights tent camping in June 2013. My first impression was the beautiful setting! Each site is fairly private and has lots of trees. We traveled with two other couples and the owners accommodated us nicely by making sure we were neighboring in sites that adjoined well. Our tent is huge and will not fit on the standard tent platforms so they worked with us when we booked to find a good site that it will fit on and also would fit our brother's pop up well next door) It was very quiet at night so people kept well to the quiet by 10pm rules. The bathrooms were very nice! Although we had to pay for showers ($1 for 5 minutes; I always paid $2 so I could get 10 minutes though), the water was always hot. I really appreciated the little "Gathering Place" for coffee and pastries. It was supposed to be closed due to the off season but they must have opened up a week early. Yay for us! Our kids (age 5 and 6) LOVED crabbing down on the floating dock. They sold buckets and nets in the office for the crabbing. The only downside for us was the roads are not paved so our kids could not ride scooters and my little ones were not comfortable on their bikes with training wheels due to uneven road. Overall, we loved it at this campground. My only hope is that they reconsider and allow dogs during peak season as I hope to return in 2015 but later in the summer and I really want to come back here with my (soon to get) dog!

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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1 Thank Gina S
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Norridgewock, Maine
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54 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 June 2013

These are nicely spaced sites and each one has trees and a pleasing setting. Many tent sites have platforms. RV's over 20 feet are not allowed. Not fancy with the amenities (wi-fi, for example, is only in one building) but the privacy makes it worth it. A lot of sites are along the shore, and in the morning we saw seals chasing a school of fish. The bathrooms are clean and nicely designed. We will definitely come again.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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3 Thank Granitegneiss
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Scituate, MA
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36 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 June 2013

This was our second camping experience on Mount Desert island. Two years ago we had a lovely waterfront site at the Somes Sound campground and enjoyed the serenity and the views. This time we wanted to try another waterfront site and were very pleased with our choice. As it was the first week the campground was opened, we had our choice of several waterfront sites without a reservation. We chose site B4, a roomy site with a large platform for our tent, water and electric hook-up, and incredible views of Somes Sound. Camping in early season guaranteed us lots of privacy as there were maybe 10 campsites in the entire campground occupied, tops.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank MargieOh
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southeast mass
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9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 June 2013

This is our first trip to this campground and all expectations were met. We had an Oceanside site in the "C" section and were so pleased with wonderful view. Overall the campground is very clean, quiet and the owners are very pleasant. The bathrooms were very clean with hot water at the bathroom sinks. The showers are $1.00 for 5 minutes. This was a great "home base" for exploring Acadia National Park. If you are looking for tenting (or using a small camper) in a very natural setting, then this is the campground for you.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 17 February 2013 via mobile

We have stayed here the last 3 years. When first went up to Acadia we stayed at a couple different campgrounds the first 2 years. While driving around our 2nd year we went by Mt. Desert campground and stopped in, we are so glad we did! This is our favorite campground! It is right on Sommes sound. I haven't found too many campgrounds right on the water. This campground is very clean, well kept and the staff is great! We would highly recommend this campground to anyone camping in the area.

  • Stayed September 2012
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3 Thank sandn0606
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essex, ct
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 November 2012

Ive been returning to mount desert campground for 5 years now and love it. Nestled in the pines right on a fjord (ocean inlet) it is by far the most beautiful campground on the island. The staff is so helpful and relaxed. Campground is so clean and upkept. So many wonderful sites, good for family or couples , or just friends looking to shred all the activities acadia has to offer. Very busy make reservations.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Mount Desert Campground
Address: 516 Sound Dr, Mount Desert, Mount Desert Island, ME 04660-6618
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Region: United States > Maine > DownEast and Acadia Maine > Mount Desert Island > Mount Desert
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Ranked #1 of 2 Speciality Lodging in Mount Desert
Number of rooms: 163
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Since 1958, Mount Desert Campground has been providing clean and quiet grounds for campers to enjoy! While you won't find frills and gimmicks here, you will find beautiful wooded sites located along the salt water shore of Somes Sound. We take great pride in ensuring our camper's stay is a pleasant one, which is why we also provide the most up-to-date facilities. For more information, please contact us today or visit our website for more details! ... more   less 

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