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BASS  HARBOR  CAMPGROUND

Bass Harbor campground is located along route 102A which is a long loop off route 102.  There are several things that make this campground unique.  First, the campground is broken up into two large sections, one is on one side of route 102A, with the heated pool, log cabins, campsites and check-in and store, the other half of the campground is across the road, on the other side of 102A with a building with showers.  This side also fronts the Bass Harbor Lighthouse road, a very narrow road leading to the Lighthouse.  It is about a 15 minute walk away.  

 The campground is also about a 20 minute walk away from the Swans Ferry terminal where you can catch a ferry ride over to Swans Island and spend the day exploring.  You can also take your bike or car along on the ferry.  There is also a well stocked store a half hour walk away that sells many items including firewood, pizza and  other hot foods.

 Ship Harbor Nature trail, a figure eight trail through the woods and along the oceans edge is just a 15 minute walk away, and a 20 minute walk away is the WONDERLAND hiking trail (actually an old fire road) which leads through the woods, fields, and finally comes out at a beach.  I prefer this trail to the Ship Harbor trail, since this one allows to to get right next to the water.  Not suited to a wheel chair, but you can get a stroller through this trail.

 The family that runs this campground are very friendly, and I love the small log cabins they rent.  The campground is also on the free Island explorer bus route, and it stops several times a day at the front of the campground.  The bus route on this side of the island takes you from the campground to the swans Island ferry, on to the town of Bernard, then out to the Quiet side Campground, where it turns around, and heads for Seawall Campground, passing the Ship Harbor nature trail and Wonderland trail.  It then travels down to the Manset town pier, before continuing on to Southwest Harbor, stopping by the Post Office.  It then travels on to Smugglers Den campground, and then echo lake where it stops by the beach.  Echo Lake is the only official beach within the park that offers warm water swimming, and you can go way out and the water is still only a couple feet deep.  The bus stops at the MDI High School, where you can transfer buses if you want to go into Northeast Harbor and do some shopping, or you can continue on into Bar harbor where the bus final stops at the Village Green.  All Island Explorer buses stop here and buses come and go all day long, so depending on what part of the park you want to visit, just hop onto the that bus.  A map of the different bus routes is right there where the buses pull in.

 BASS HARBOR CAMPGROUND

THE QUIET SIDE CAMPGROUND

This campground is located along route 102 and is serviced by the Island Explorer free buses which makes stops at the campground about every hour.  The times I have stayed here it was always very quiet and there are no nearby stores within walking distance.  The campground itself offers very few items for sale other then snacks and ice cream.  When I stayed there they had a pool room, an outside basket ball hoop, no swimming pool, but the tent and RV sites are nice with plenty of brush and tree's between sites.  Most of the people who stay here take off for the day to shop in the nearby villages or head into the National Park, which is one reason it is so quiet.  If I listed all the campgrounds on the island in the order I liked them, this one would be at the bottom of the list, but only because it was too quiet and they offer very little for people with children.  But if your looking for solitude, this campground would be on the top of the list.  The tent sites have platforms, and they do rent cabins as well.

 Route 102, PO Box 10, Bass Harbor, ME 04653

SMUGGLERS DEN CAMPGROUND

If you have children, they will love this campground.  Always something to do or something going on.  It is not unusal to find someone outside playing guitar, and several times a year a one man band puts on a show across from the camp store.  This is truly a family campground and your children will have no problem finding new friends to play with.  They have a heated swimming pool, free hot showers, laundry room, basket ball court, volley ball, and much more.  They also have a nice stocked camp store.  The free Island Explorer buses stop here about every hour, and Bar harbor with all its shops are only a 20 minute bus ride away.  Echo lake with its fine sand beach and warm water is just down the road from the campground, and the beach is packed on most days.  The Surefine food store is just down the road, an easy walk, and is the second main food store on the island.  The stores in Southwest Harbor are also within walking distance.  In town, go down to the end of the Clark Point road and check out The Captain's gallery and Beal's famous lobster pound.  When the locals eat lobster, they go to Beal's.  It is located right next to the coast guard station.

 The National Park also offers several major nearby hiking trails close by to the campground.  A favorite place to visit is the natural sea wall in the village of Seawall.  Just go through /southwest Harbor, and as your leaving turn off route 102 onto 102A toward Manset.  Follow the main road until you come to the natural sea wall catch the huge ocean waves.  Just around the corner is the Seawall picnic area, a great place to enjoy lunch right next to the ocean.

 SMUGGLERS DEN CAMPGROUND

BLACKWOODS CAMPGROUND

This is one of the two campgrounds run by the Park service.  It is located just outside of Bar harbor, along route 3 in the tiny village of Otter Creek.  For my full write up on this campground, it's on the home page.  The one thing I do not like about Blackwoods is the policy the rangers have adopted over there.  All summer long you will see a NO VACANCIES  sign posted at the entrance, even though there are empty sites.  Why?  I asked one year, and was told they don't want to be bothered with the paper work.

 BLACKWOODS CAMPGROUND

SEAWALL  CAMPGROUND

This is the national Parks other campground, located off 102, on 102A just past southwest Harbor.  I really love this campground and have stayed there with my family and relatives many times over the years.  See the home page for full details.  The tent sites are really well screened with brush and tree's, more then at Blackwoods, and if the office is closed, you can pick out your own site, set up for the night, and sign in in the morning.  No reservations, first come first served, so get there early in the morning.

 SEAWALL CAMPGROUND

HADLEY POINT CAMPGROUND

This is a christian family run campground with sunday services and worship music.  They have a heated pool,  free wireless internet, hot showers, laundry room and a store, a playground and basket ball court, and much more.  Hadley beach is also very close by.  And like many of the campgrounds, this one is also serviced by the free island explorer buses which pick people up and drop em off about every half hour.  Down town Bar Harbor with all of its small shops is only minutes away by bus.  I highly recommend this campground for families with children, as well as for anyone else looking for a really nice campground close to town  It is located off route3.

.HADLEY POINT CAMPGROUND

 

 

MOUNT DESERT CAMPGROUND

Located off route 198, this is a very nice family campground with some outstanding ocean views of Somes sound.  It is also within walking distance of the town Hill general Store on route 102 just around the corner.  There is a sailing school along with sail boat rentals just down the road in southwest Harbor  by the coast guard station.  A big plus is the fact that the campground is serviced by the free Island Explorer buses which make stops there about every half hour throughout the day and evenings.  So exploring nearby villages, shopping in Bar Harbor or exploring much of the National Park is as easy as stepping onto one of the free buses.

MOUNT DESERT CAMPGROUND

 

KOA CAMPGROUND

Located at the head of the island, it is almost the first thing you see as you drive onto the island.  This campground, like most of the others, is also serviced by the free Island Explorer buses.  The Park run Thompson Island picnic area is a short walk away, and there is a general store across the street from the campground that has great tasting pizza.

KOA CAMPGROUND

 

MOUNT DESERT NARROWS CAMPGROUND

Located off busy route 3, a very nice high end campground, but I have heard the prices are higher then other campgrounds on the island, so you may want to check that out if price is a concern.  Remember, staying at a campground run by the National Park is only $20 a night, $14 a night for walk in sites.  This campground does have views to die for, a heated pool, showers, and much more.  It is also serviced by the free island explorer buses

.MOUNT DESERT NARROWS CAMPGROUND

 

FREE ISLAND EXPLORER BUSES

You can check out all about these wonderful free buses at their link below.  You can't go anywhere on the island without seeing these buses coming and going along the roadways as well as the Park Loop Road as they carry people throughout the entire National Park for free.  Just a side note, when you board the buses at the Village green in downtown Bar Harbor,  they will make an announcement before the buses pull out telling you that in order to enter the National Park, you have to have a valid park pass.  Don't worry if you do not have one, if the bus your on passes through the one fee station the Park has, it only stops to tell the ranger how many people are on the bus, that's it, no one ever asks to see your park pass.  Their site is worth checking out,

FREE ISLAND EXPLORER BUSES

 

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