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Mount Desert Campground

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“gathering place”(53 reviews)
“somes sound”(20 reviews)
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Since 1958, Mount Desert Campground has been providing clean and quiet grounds for campers to enjoy! While you won't find frills and gimmicks here, you will find beautiful wooded sites located along the salt water shore of Somes Sound. We take great pride in ensuring our camper's stay...
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516 Sound Dr, Mount Desert, Mount Desert Island, ME 04660-6618
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9.8 km to Bar Harbor Airport
4.9 km from Mount Desert Island
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We had an amazing week at Mt. Desert Campground. Before I offer some insights into this campground it may help you to know my perspective. I have been camping with my kids on summer trips since 2004, and my kids are now 24, 24, 19...More

2  Thank Doug S
Response from Owen C, Owner at Mount Desert CampgroundResponded yesterday

Thanks for taking the time to write such a fair and thorough review. The $1 shower issue comes up frequently in reviews, so it helps to address the question from time to time. On any given night we have up to 500 guests. We have...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stayed in the plot E24 with a platform for our tent and really, really loved the campground. There were two other sites on either side of us but the way the sites were laid out we barely heard anything from them. The gathering was...More

3  Thank Fergal M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nice campground with some sites on the water and others amidst the trees. We stayed for 8 nights and had a fabulous time. Bathrooms are clean and it costs $1 to shower for 5 minutes. The gathering place has WiFi and goodies in the morning...More

1  Thank Amanda H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Who are these knuckleheads saying this is a family-friendly campsite? They must have some of those free range children that are out of control when they go outside of the home. This is an outstanding property run by a very professional staff headed by the...More

2  Thank dave g
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Families beware! The staff is rude and unfriendly and the mantra is "Children are seen and not heard." We have four kids and were told by two different staff members that our children were being too loud during the hours of 3:30-7pm (the only time...More

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Response from Owen C, Owner at Mount Desert CampgroundResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks for your comments. Although quiet hours are between 10pm and 7am, in this case we had to respond to comments and complaints from other guests. Unrestrained, unremitting screaming is not allowed at any time of the day as it is not reasonable and it...More

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Andrea M
27 May 2018|
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Response from Owen C | Property representative |
Yes, we intend to keep the Gathering Place open for coffee, etc. until we close in October. Thanks!
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Doug S
I have a question for repeat customers of MDC My children and I will be there this coming July. We are avid campers and take a trip nearly every summer but have only been to Mount Desert Island once before, 2006. Our trip then we used a sub-standard campground. My question is - I have room to bring either a screen room to set over the pic nic table or an ez-up awning. One will help with bugs, the other with rain. Which would be more useful at Mount Desert Campground? I know the bugs can be bad in parts of the island, not at all in other areas. I appreciate your help! Any other suggestions for this campground would be welcome. I booked what site was available for us -A17 - but it was a shot in the dark as I had never been. I'm assuming you have to reserve a year in advance for the waterfront sites. Thanks
3 February 2018|
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Response from Caitlin D |
Depending on when you go you should probably plan for at least one day of heavy rain and wind. Picnic tables are really decently sized and we've had luck putting a screen house over it and then a tarp over that for rain... More
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"Choose another campground if you don't want to be harassed by employees."
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"Waterfront sites are wonderful but can be hard to get in July and August. All sites are nicely wooded."
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"Most water sites are on platforms which can end up being raised off of the ground on the side of a hill."
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"bring earplugs"
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