Where to Stay: The Bar Harbor Campground

Above:  pool with a view

Destination Bar Harbor

Anyone who has read my other articles in this publication knows that Kj and I like to camp, and we go as much as we can. We try to make it a habit to try at least one different campground each season.  We didn’t do that this year, but since this is a new publication and a new piece that I am trying out I thought I would do a write up on a campground that I have personally been going to for over 30 years, The Bar Harbor Campground.

In my humble opinion, this is probably one of the cleanest, friendliest and nicest campgrounds on Mount Desert Island (MDI).  It is located on Rte. 3 about 4 miles north of town and the Hull’s Cove entrance to Acadia National Park is even closer.  This beautiful campground is a family business and opens from Memorial Day to Columbus Day.  It is the perfect spot to spend your evenings unwinding beside the campfire after you have explored MDI.

Not a bad setup!

Clean and Comfortable

They do things a little differently at this campground.  When you arrive, and I recommend arriving early, they hand you a map of the campground.  It shows all the 300 sites in the campground and you can find the site that best suits your personal taste.  They can accommodate big rigs requiring full hookups, smaller pop-ups, travel trailers with water and electric, and no hookup tent sites along with group sites.  A very limited number of sites have ocean views.  The rates are incredibly reasonable for such a tourist mecca like Bar Harbor.  As I said before the grounds are immaculate.

Surf & turf for dinner!

Great Location Near Acadia National Park

There are a few things that stand out about this place and make it one of the best in the state.  The proximity to Acadia and Bar Harbor aside, the amenities in the campground are fantastic.  The heated pool sits at the top of the hill overlooking the ocean.  It is conveniently located next to a large playground that always has a group of kids playing on it.  These 2 features all sit in front of a large blueberry field that belongs to the campground and you are free to peruse at your leisure.  I like to go up in the morning and get a couple of cups of fresh blueberries for Kj’s pancakes.

Tackling The Precipice in Acadia National Park with Alex and Savannah.

Fantastic Food & Fun within Walking Distance

Another nice feature is the proximity to a couple of great restaurants, a wonderful ice cream stand and the ever-popular Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf Course.  You can get to them all with a simple 5-10 minute walk from your campsite.  My personal favorite ice cream at Udder Haven Ice Cream Retreat is the black raspberry with chocolate chips in a waffle cone.  It’s the perfect end to a great day exploring Acadia or just a great dessert after dinner.

Udder Haven. Great ice cream just a short walk from your campsite.

You just can’t go wrong with this campground.  The owners are usually in the office making sure things are running smoothly.  The bathrooms are always clean, and the staff is super friendly and courteous. This is one of my favorite places in the state.  I can spend a day just lounging by the pool and grilling.  The campsites are spacious and roomy and the patrons are generally friendly.  After the sun goes down, even when the park is full, it is a quiet and relaxing place.  If you love camping, this is the place to hit.  You won’t be disappointed.

Kids love this place!

If you find yourself set up next to us at some point, please step over and say “Hi” I’m always willing to shoot the breeze with anyone and it will keep Kj from making fun of me for 5 minutes or so.

Terry, a.k.a. Dad is an OTR chemical driver who enjoys, researching and visiting many of the historical and beautiful places throughout Maine. He has written several articles for Discover Maine magazine and looks forward to the day when he can make a living exploring the state he loves most.

Kendrick, a.k.a. Kj, the youngest of Terry’s 3 sons, shares his Dad’s passion for history and adventure.

They both enjoy camping (in a tent) as well as “glamping” (in their 5th wheel), hiking, climbing, whitewater rafting and any other outdoor adventure that allows them to see the splendor of the state of Maine.

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