There's some great sites in this campground if you can get a site close to the only real bathroom in the campground, so I strongly suggest taking a look at the campsite map before booking a site here, but there are some not so great ones. You'd be OK with the premium sites; whereas the regular sites are close together. The owners have been getting more independent and the price for wood went from $2.50 to $4 a bundle in one year, which is enough for me to look outside the campground for wood because wood can easily be found for $2 or $2.50 outside. I know and heard from my friends that the owners track how many people they turn away. Seems like they adjust the price accordingly since the site pricing is now the 3rd highest on the island, even after AAA and weekly discounts, whereas they used to be among the lowest. Though, they do offer free showers. There is a pool that closes at dusk and they advertise it as being heated, but it isn't, but at least I'll give them credit for having one. They have a lame singer that comes in on Monday nights that I don't care too much for.
With the pricing increases they've been having lately, I'm beginning to question if its just more worthwhile to camp at Blackwoods, which is $20 per night, free wood occasionally provided, metered showers, and is closer to the main part of the island where there is much more stuff to do and where there is the majority of restaurants. Its hard to believe, but just a few years ago anyone could get a site for a week at Smugglers for the same price as Blackwoods.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Worcester family began Smuggler's Den Campground in 1969 and continues to operate it today. Our goal then and now is to provide our customers with a comfortable and relaxed camping experience on the quiet side of Mount Desert Island. Enjoy our 22' x 44' HEATED POOL with slide and kiddie pool or it is just a 20 minute walk to Echo Lake Sand Beach in Acadia National Park. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Smuggler`s Den Campground Hotel Southwest Harbor
- Smuggler's Den Campground Southwest Harbor, Maine