Acadia National Park Camping Overview
Jordan Pond, Acadia National Park.
Jordan Pond, Acadia National Park. (Adam Jones/Photodisc/Getty)

You can camp at either of two campgrounds: Blackwoods, located on Route 3 five miles south of Bar Harbor; or Seawall, located on Route 102A four miles south of Southwest Harbor. All park campsites are situated in woods, within a ten-minute walk to the ocean. One vehicle, six people, and two small tents or one large tent are allowed at a campsite. Designated campsites accommodate trailers up to 35 feet. Neither campground has utility hook-ups. From early spring to late fall, the campgrounds provide comfort stations, cold running water, a dump station, picnic tables, fire rings, and water faucets. Showers and a camping supply store are within a half-mile of both campgrounds. Blackwoods remains open during the off-season. Facilities are limited to picnic tables, fire rings, pit toilets, and a hand pump for drinking water.

If you wish to camp at Blackwoods Campground from May 1 to October 31, you can reserve sites through the National Park Service Campground Reservation website.

The National Park Reservation Service (NPRS) and the National Park Service (NPS) have implemented a reservation window to make booking your camping reservations more convenient. On the 15th of each month, campers will have access to an entire month of available start dates—up to three months in advance—except Katmai National Park. You can book reservations as late as one day prior to arrival, subject to availability.

Seawall Campground, open only from late May until late September, operates on a first-come, first-served basis. During late July and August, plan to arrive at Seawall early in the morning. There is a great demand for campsites and a line forms each morning. As campers check out, others from the waiting line are assigned available sites. Station hours are 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Pets are allowed, but must be on a leash at all times and may not be left unattended. All camping must be done in established campgrounds.

Group Camping
At Blackwoods and Seawall, five group campsites accommodate 15-20 campers per site. Group campsites, used only by educational organizations or other formally organized groups, are reserved through the park. Group campsites contain two or three fireplaces, picnic tables, and a nearby restroom with cold running water and flush toilets.

All camping must be done in established campgrounds. Overnight backpacking is prohibited in Acadia National Park because the park is small and fragile.

Camping fees are subject to change. Camping fees and entrance fees are separate charges.

Mail Service
The park has no mail delivery service. Address mail to: Blackwoods Campground campers c/o General Delivery, Otter Creek, ME 04665

Seawall Campground campers c/o General Delivery, Southwest Harbor, ME 04679

All other park visitors: c/o General Delivery, Bar Harbor, ME 04609. Do not include Acadia National Park in the address.


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