NP Campground Review – Schoodic Woods, Acadia National Park, ME
A fabulous campground (huge, private, quiet sites) on the very quiet Schoodic Peninsula side of Acadia National Park in Maine.
- Site Quality = 4.5/5
Near perfect sites here with just a few (very minor dings)! This is a very new campground with around 93 sites arranged in two large loops. Sites are all firm gravel with nice “sitting areas” containing picnic table and firepit, and a range of hookups from 20A through 50A. Biggest positive is that site separation is FABULOUS throughout the campground with loads of space between sites and tons of privacy. You will definitely not feel cramped in this campground! Lots of mature trees and green vegetation plus all of camp is very quiet and relaxing (zero road noise here!). Only slight ding is that some of the sites are not quite level, but this does vary some between the two main loops:
- A-Loop Sites (A1-A50, Small rigs or tenters only) – This loop is limited to rigs under 20ft, so it is only available for smaller rigs, vans, popups or tenters. All sites here are back-in with pad sizes that range in length from 20ft to around 50ft and hookups that range from 50A in “RV Electric” sites (11 sites only A1-A5, A7-A12) to 20A only in”Standard Electric” or “Tent” sites. Excellent separation and privacy here, especially towards the back of the loop. Only ding is that quite a few sites in this section are rather unlevel. Also NO water hookups on this side. I would say sites in this loop rate 4/5. Cost $30/night-$36/night.
- B-Loop Sites (B1-B33, Any-sized rig) – In this loop all sites are 50A/water. Most are pull-throughs with just three back-ins (B25, B28, B30) and they are all more than large enough to take any-sized rig. Site pads range in length ~60 ft to 150 ft(!) with fabulous separation and privacy everywhere. Hookups are great with excellent power and good water pressure. The campground loop is graded (for water run-off) so some of the side pull-throughs (the 8 sites around the very edge of the loop) are somewhat unlevel, but it’s not significant. Parking orientation within the sites is fixed. So if you’re a Class A in one of the the right side sites (B1-B22) you park facing north, so your front windshield will face away from the sun, whereas if you are in one of the left side sites (B25-B33) you park facing south(ish) so your front windshield will face towards the sun most of the day. Lots of trees and vegetation everywhere although the trees are taller (more mature) towards the entrance of the loops. If you want complete privacy I recommend B6, B7, B15, B14 or B20. Our favorite side-pull throughs were B1 (can’t see another RV from this site) and B3 (there’s a nice tree here). All sites are excellent and rate 5/5 in my opinion! Cost $40/night.
- Other Sites – There is also a group camping area (no hookups) and 9 walk-in tent sites which look very nice.
NOTE -> Reservations: Sites are reservable and reservations are recommended in summer. Senior Pass (National Park) get 50% off the price. Stay limit is 14-days.
- Facilities = 4/5
Very nice, new, sparkling clean facilities but flush toilets only. Main ding is NO SHOWERS (nearest shower is pay only and is located several miles away). On-site dump station.
- Location = 5/5
You come here to visit the Schoodic side of Acadia National Park and for that purpose this campground is perfect. You are located right inside the park, amongst the quiet forest with easy access to miles of hiking and biking trails. Plus you’re at the start of the Schoodic Loop Road so you can just hop in your car and you’ll be on the drive in minutes (you are also on the FREE Schoodic Island Explorer bus route, if you prefer to leave your car in camp). Nearby Winter Harbor is a small town, but has a post office, IGA (groceries) and a few eateries. The town also has a Ferry Service to Bar Harbor, for those wanting to hop over and see the main part of Acadia NP on Mount Desert Island (around 45 mins by ferry, or an hours drive by car).
- Pet Friendliness = 5/5
Great place for doggie! Lots of space in camp, plus miles & miles of trails to enjoy inside the National Park (all trails are dog-friendly here!), On-site poo bags.
Overall Rating = 4.6
BONUS ALERT = Camp in superb space and quiet on the Schoodic Peninsula!
Video Overview: Want to see it in living color? Check out our ~10 min video overview here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EkTAQ7G3CTs
Summary: So this is by far the nicest National Park Campground we’ve ever stayed at! It only opened a few years ago so everything is brand new, and they did a beautiful job of the layout. Sites are all spacious gravel with outstanding separation (we’ve rarely seen separation this good in our 8 years of RV travel!) and nice “sitting areas” containing picnic table and fire-pit. Lots of trees and vegetation everywhere, great privacy and it’s SUPER quiet. There are two loops with slightly different feels. Loop A (A1-A50) is for smaller rigs only (20 ft max) and offers back-in sites with a mix of hookups from 50A (“RV Electric”) to 20A (“Standard Electric” and “Tent” sites). Sites are very nice here, but some are rather unlevel. I’d say this side of the campground rates 4/5 in site quality. Loop B (B1-B33) on the other hand can handle any-sized rig and offers mostly pull-through sites with 50A/water and some of the longest, most spacious parking pads we’ve ever seen! These sites rate 5/5 in my opinion! Some of the outer sites do have a slight grade, and sites either face the sun (or away from it) depending which side of the loop you park in. Plus some of the sites nearest the beginning of B Loop do have more privacy (taller trees) than others. But other than those few details I think you’d be hard-pressed to find a site that wasn’t fabulous. Perhaps the ONLY minor ding in this campground? There are NO on-site showers and since sites don’t have sewer that may be an issue for those traveling with smaller tanks (and tenters too, of course). The lack of showers didn’t bother us and the fabulous sites & gorgeous location more than made up for any inconvenience, but we did find it strange! We were in B9 which was ~150 ft long and we absolutely loved it. In fact our site was SO nice we had a hard time leaving the campground the entire time we were here. We loved the privacy and quiet (zero road noise here!), loved the hiking and biking trails (several are accessible near the campground loop), loved the scenic Peninsula loop drive (right next to the campground) and only wished we could have stayed longer. 12 paws and 4 thumbs up on this campground. We’d come back here in a heartbeat!
Extra Info: FREE on-site WiFi but it was very slow and difficult to connect to. OK cell signal, but we definitely benefited from a booster to stabilize it. Verizon varied between 1-3 bars bars LTE whereas ATT varied between 4G and 1-2 bars LTE. NO T-Mobile at all (zip, nada). 93 total sites, all reservable online. 50A/water sites (B Loop, 33 sites total) cost $40/night, 50A sites (A loop, “RV Electric”, 11 sites only) cost $36/night where as 20A electric sites (A loop, “Standard Electric” and “Tent”, 39 sites total) cost $30/night. 50% camping discount with National Park Senior Pass. On-site dump station.