Campsite on Somes Sound, Mount Desert Island
Campsite on Somes Sound, Mount Desert Island


DownEast Acadia offers some of the best camping opportunities available in Maine.

Visitors will find campgrounds with gorgeous views of oceans, lakes, and mountains in secluded locations and nearby cities and towns.Ā Imagine pitching your tent or parking the RV just above the shore, listening to the sounds of the ocean waves as you fire up the grill after a day ofĀ hiking.Ā 

Perhaps youā€™d like to settle your RV or camper by a lake, where the campground provides safe swimming opportunities and all kinds of water activities the kids will love. Or maybe you prefer the woodsā€”the aroma of cedar and spruce, the sight of deer, and the flutter of an escaping grouse amidst the shadowy glade.

Camping under the dark night sky
Camping under the dark night sky along the coast


Camping is a great way to enjoy one of Maineā€™s most valuable natural resourcesā€”the night sky. Thanks to miles of vast wilderness and the Atlantic Ocean, all unpolluted by light, Maine is home to one of the largest expanses of naturally dark sky east of the Mississippiā€”letting the Milky Way and sometimes even the aurora borealis shine bright!

Tent, Camper or RV

We have campgrounds that range from simple and rustic to full-service, with free hot showers, full hook-ups, game rooms, laundry, stores, and WiFi, and some with restaurants on the premises. Campgrounds are an excellent opportunity for you to set things up just how you likeā€”whether in a tent or RVā€”itā€™s your home-away-from-home.

Several campgroundsā€”particularly those part of the Acadia National Park system and Maine State Parksā€” offer central amphitheaters with nighttime bonfires and informational talksā€”a great time to get to know your fellow travelers.

While most campgrounds are open from May to October, some campgrounds in the region offer limited opportunities for winter camping. No matter the season, itā€™s advisable to make your reservation early.


Glamping quite simply means glamorous camping. These locations offer amenities and, in some cases, resort-style services not usually associated with camping. Enjoy a safari-style tent with stylish furnishings and a private bath. The kids will love staying in a teepee or maybe a treehouse. Bonus: many are even pet-friendly.

Blackwoods Campground Amphitheater
Blackwoods Campground Amphitheater
Bayberry at Terramor Acadia
Bayberry at Terramor Acadia

Planning Tools

To help you plan your trip we provideĀ  information on drive time and distances to and around the region. Plus info on other commercial transportation options.

Once you arrive in DownEast Acadia, you will want to access local sources of visitor information, state laws, recreation rules, and road conditions.

To help you pack or plan your day, check out the current weather in the region or learn about year-round averages of temperature and precipitation.

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