Finding a Place to Camp

There are two places to camp in Acadia National Park that we have personal knowledge of. One area requires advanced reservations (1-800-365-2267), and it fills very fast - about six months before you actually visit the park. The other area is first-come-first serve. This works out well if you can get to the area early in the day, but for late arrivals, you may be disappointed to find that the campground is full.

We were unable to get reservations for the park on our trip to the area, so we called other camp grounds in the area to see if any would take a reservation. In our search we found Hadley's Point Campground and were able to make reservations. At the time, they required a check to be sent in advance unless it is the last minute. Our experience with this family owned business was very pleasant. They accept people who show up without reservations if there is room available.

Hadley's Point Campground

Location Mount Desert Island - 3 miles from Acadia Park entrance.
Bathrooms Several in each of the areas. Flush toilets with sinks (no soap).
Showers Pay showers. May be a line, but if you camp in the back field, the showers are more available.
Our favorite
area activity
Bar Harbor old movie theater (pat the extra change to sit in the balcony!
Comments This campground is usually quiet and is very convinient to the park entrance.
Phone Number (207) 288-4808
Directions 95 North. At Bangor take exit 45A
Rte 395 to exit 6A
Rte 1A to Elsworth
Rte 3 -> cross a (small) bridge and take a left
drive 3 miles. Right after the Bell Isle Motel, take a LHT at Hadley's Point Road.