Update 915/20: We are heavily booked until at least 9/28. No weekend availability left for 2020. The ga"THE"ring PLACE is open for takeout baked goods and coffee Thursday through Sunday mornings.
acadia national park camping site overlooking the water
mt desert campground

Mount Desert Campground

A unique and scenic campground on Mount Desert Island - waterfront & wooded sites

Make Your Reservations Here!

Notice: Starting October 1 through October 18, 2020, Acadia National Park is implementing a vehicle reservations system for Park Loop Road at the Sand Sand Beach entrance and Cadillac Summit Road.

Please visit nps.gov/Acadia for reservations and details.


Office Hours:

The office is staffed 8am to 6pm daily

We are here to answer phone calls 9am to 4pm daily.

We close for the 2020 season on October 13.

No RVs or trailers over 20'.  We have no septic dump station.


• We are open for the season for ME, NH, VT, NY, NJ & CT residents only as Maine's 14 day quarantine requirement is still in effect for those not residing in those states.

If you reside somewhere other than the above states, you may camp with us provided you fill out the Maine Certificate of Compliance that you have received a negative C19 test within 72 hours prior to arrival in Maine OR you have completed a 14 day quarantine somewhere in Maine.  We are requiring proof of your negative test under line 6 of the compliance form if you did not quarantine.

• Camping without a reservation (walk-ins) are not allowed until further notice per Maine CDC guidelines.

• The free Island Explorer shuttle bus is suspended for the 2020 season.

Mount Desert Campground is located in the heart of Mount Desert Island, just minutes from Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park.  Spend your days hiking the mountain trails or biking on the 50+ miles of carriage roads.  Plenty of sightseeing and shopping and dining experiences around the many local towns such as Southwest Harbor and Northeast Harbor await you!  Sail on a schooner, go rock climbing in Acadia, or spend your afternoon at Sand Beach.  You can even rent a kayak right here at the campground and explore beautiful Somes Sound.

Campground Features Include:


tenting icon Tenting Sites

trailer icon Trailers & RV's (20 ft maximum)

shower icon Facilities with metered hot showers

fish hook icon Salt Water Fishing

swimmer icon Salt Water Swimming

canoe and paddle icon Kayak, Canoe & SUP Rentals

picnic table icon Picnic Tables & Firepits at Each Site

electrical plug icon Electric & Water Hookups

little shop icon Ice Cream, Coffee & Pastries

boat and ramp icon Launching Ramp

wireless signal icon Cellular service & WiFi

anchor icon Deepwater Moorings Available

See What Our Campers Are Saying

Don't take our word for it, view all our testimonials on Trip Advisor

This is our second time at this campground - just a quick stop this time - it is beautiful! The sites are spaced out with trees between neighbors so that there is no feeling of crowding, just of nature. We had a platform for our tent again with this trip and… read more

happy camper Gillian C.
New Hampshire

Beautiful site (even though it was not waterfront - if you have that option, grab one!)! Facilities were super clean. The Gathering Place (the camp store) was a great place to start the day for coffee, local bakery goodies and wi-fi. The floats provided… read more

happy camper Jeannie F.

This is one of our favorite campgrounds, ever! The waterfront campsites are breathtaking, the neighbors are respectful campers, and the grounds and facilities are meticulously maintained. Most sites have platforms for the tents, so set-up is easy. The staff are… read more

happy camper JC Mueller
Exeter, NH