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Bar Harbor Campground
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globetrottersolo
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4 reviews
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Reviewed 11 August 2011

I've stayed here 3 different times. On my first visit I was a little surprised that its cash only but they have have a cash machine right there for your use. This is a great place! The bathrooms are clean. The staff is extremely friendly. The location can't be beat. You can park your car and never use it again for the rest of the trip!

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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Auburn, Maine
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Reviewed 7 August 2011

My husband's family goes camping for a week each summer. This year's destination - Bar Harbor. The Bar Harbor Campground was recommended by one of the family members - but they will never recommend it again. This campground does not take reservations - so when we started planning our trip, I called to ask how it worked and if they ever had to turn anyone away. The said there was always availability - we didn't realize they meant you might have to put an RV in a primitive site. At no point was the fact that they do NOT take credit cards mentioned. Imagine our suprise and dismay as our families piled in their office and saw the large sign stating NO CREDIT CARDS. There is a conveniently located ATM in the office though. Wonder what they get for a fee for that? Anyway...we then made the mad scramble to find sites somewhat close to each other. We managed to find 2 tent sites in the woods for those of us that tent. we found 2 full hook ups for our campers with RVs, but we needed 3. In the end, some very nice guests let us know they were leaving the next day and 2 of our RV campers moved into their spots - so our RVs were all together. We also discovered after arrival, that they have a "stay 6 nights, get the 7th night free" offer. That was not on their website or mentioned in the phone calls. Strange that they don't want to promote something positive like that. The bathrooms are clean - for the first few hours after they clean them (which is only once a day). After that..it ain't so pretty. The ladies room ran out of toilet paper and paper towels at least 2 of the days we were there. At least 3 of the mornings we waited for 15 to 45 minutes to take a shower. Quiet time was from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. But one of our family members was asked to turn down their radio (they were listening to a Boston Red Sox game) at 7:30 p.m. It wasn't loud. We turned it off completely. I guess they were Yankee fans. We tried to use the free bus service to go to downtown Bar Harbor - but that was a disaster. There were 12 of us that arrived at the bus stop. No one else was waiting, but seconds before the bus came, several other campers swoooped in, hopped on the bus before us and only half of our group could get on the bus. The next bus was an hour later. When we asked the driver to ask the others to let us on first, she informed us we would have to settle it ourselves. Definitely not visitor friendly. Yes, they have paved roads within the campgrounds and a 10 mph speed limiti - but no one seems to abide by it, and you take your life in your hands when you step out onto the roads from bikers flying by and cars and campers scrambling for open sites. Would we hurry back to this campsite...I don't think so. Yes, they are relatively inexpensive compared to other campgrounds...but they offer nothing for activities and seem to thrive on rudeness.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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, Manager at Bar Harbor Campground, responded to this review, 6 April 2017
We are sorry that your camping experience was not a good one. We do our best to keep things clean, safe, and peaceful. The end of July and August are very tough weeks for us. The town is packed, and the volume of people keeps us busy 24/7. Most other times, we are able to keep everyone happy. Thank you for your opinion.
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 August 2011

Get up early one day to view the sunrise at the top of the hill if you don't get a site there. Pool nice. Bathhouses clean. Nice wooded lots. Location awesome. On the island explorer bus route.

  • Stayed July 2011
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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 September 2010

We came upon this campground when we were unable to stay on the 2 main campgrounds in Acadia National Park and we were pleasantly surprised! Sites were well maintained, although some were on the smaller side. BE AWARE - they do not take reservations in advance, get there early to hand pick your own spot. Despite being a large campground with many sites, it was very quiet. Bathrooms were clean, and coin showers were hot. There is also a beautiful view from the pool. We stayed in the wooded lot sites - the shade provided much relief from the sun.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled as a couple
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San Francisco, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 September 2010

In crossing the US by bicycle I have slept in many many camp grounds and so would consider myself reasonable literate in what counts or the seasoned traveller and what doesn't.

The Bar Harbour Campground is excellent on many levels. First off, reception is excellent, via phone and by visit. The office is clean and pleasant and business like with friendly staff too. They did not accept plastic, but there was an ATM in the office so no real problem there - one mark off for not accepting plastic in the US.

The site itself, for a 2 man tent and bicycle was perfect. There was a choice of locations for a very modest fee and I went for a spot neat the bathrooms. Full marks.

The wash rooms (mens) were spotlessly clean and very hygienic throughout, both lavatories, sinks and showers. The floors are resin coated and also very clean - no grime. The showers used a 25 cent coin op to run for 5 minutes and the water pressure was exceptional. The hot water was very very hot and fully adjustable - no shortage here. In short, excellent. I will deduct one mark for coin op showers instead of timer operated showers here - shame really as the toilets and shower configuration were exemplary.

There are proper washing up sinks for cutlery and the like and a trash unit nearby for refuse. The noise levels are quiet and all in all it is a very very high standard site.

I did switch on my laptop to see if there was wifi at the tent (like there would be - ever!!) and I nearly collapsed when I saw there was, which makes this site practically unique amongst American sites.

In short, an excellent short or long term stopover, very highly recommended because all the basic details are there - hygiene, cleanliness, site quality, staffing, and wifi - the basics done very well.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled solo
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Property: Bar Harbor Campground
Address: 409 State Highway 3, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-7551
Region: United States > Maine > DownEast and Acadia Maine > Mount Desert Island > Bar Harbor
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Ranked #3 of 21 Speciality Lodging in Bar Harbor
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): €
Number of rooms: 300
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