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Moving INTO Acadia National Park

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I just realized after posting this that in my hurry to catch up to real time I posted the wrong one.  So this one is out of order.  Oh well . . . . .  that’s what happens when I try to put together two or three posts at one time.   Wish I could take it back and post the right one but once it’s posted, blogger won’t  let you do that. They’ll let me amend it but if I recall it, blogger won’t post it again.  Oh well . . .  It’s only my sense of order that’s bothered.  No one else will know the difference.

And so, on we go.

Today is the day to change campgrounds. We move from Narrows Too, located just off Mount Desert Island,  to Acadia National Park’s Seawall Campground on the south section of the island near Bass Harbor Light.   You can see the campground area within the red oval and the RV loop within the blue star in the map above. 


 We’re moving from two months of Full Hook Ups, to a few days of No Hook Ups.  The reason for this is that we originally booked two months at Narrows Too at an RV Show price and when we decided we wanted to stay longer, we couldn’t get that rate.  So I patched together other places like Seawall which we wanted to try out.  We really love staying inside the park but it’s not possible for months at a time.  We stayed in Blackwoods the last time we visited Acadia and then moved to Narrows Too for a month.  But this year we have more than doubled the length of our stay in and around Acadia.

The sign on the Ranger’s Station welcomes us with all the particulars when we walk up.  David checks out the information on the bulletin board, including campfire programs, while I deal with the check in.  Campfire programs are one of many reasons we love staying inside the National Parks.



For those interested in Acadia’s  campgrounds,  they are very similar.  Neither has hook ups.  Both have places to take on water and a dumping station.   Both have restrooms with cold water sinks and flush toilets but neither has showers.  For that you have to go to private concessionaires down the road from each campground.  Further down in this post I’ll point out the one at Seawall.

The rig size limit in both is 35’.  That’s why Winnona is 35’.  Both campgrounds have been in the park for a very long time and in both campgrounds the sites are difficult to level up in.  Seawall has a separate loop clear at the back for RVs only but that doesn’t mean the sites are level.

As I said, neither campground has hook ups.  Using solar in Seawall is difficult due to the trees.  There are only a few sites that have enough area open to the sun.  But there are a few.  As far as I saw when we stayed in Blackwoods in 2013, there were no sites that had any open area to allow solar.   Therefore generators are the power source.  I’m not a fan of the noise and thus we are only staying here a few days. 

Our site, #23, is nice other than the leveling problems, but we get set up with a little effort.  It takes all 12 of our pads and some blocks to make it happen.




All of the sites in the RV Loop D are pull throughs with the exception of a few.  The pull throughs all seem to go up hill to a very small level spot and then drop off.  Great for shedding rain but not so much for leveling unless you have a short RV as you can see here.



Here’s a better look at the leveling situation we created.  The site drops off in front and back and to the passenger side.  But she’s level now.


We have a nice yard and decent foliage between sites.




Here’s a look down the campground road.  There are other RVs here but you cannot see them in this picture.  Winnona blocks the ones on the right and the ones on the left are further in on their drives which are plenty long enough for a 35’ RV and a car. 35’ is the limit for RVs in both campgrounds.


We don’t set up much since we’ll only be here until Friday.  Instead we hop on our bikes and head down past the Ranger Station to the waterfront picnic area.   On the way we stop for a look, with these folks,  at the free firewood pile.  Just drive up and take as much as you like.   Already split for you.  I assume it’s dry but don’t know that for sure.




The picnic area is a really lovely spot on the Western Way of the Atlantic Ocean about as far south on Mount Desert as one can go.  You can see on the map that the campground road goes right across Route 102A and on down to right on the water where it has arms going in either direction.  On the map it has a red star next to  it.  You can also see it is just across from the Cranberry Islands.  Looks like we could kayak right over there but it’s much further than it looks and that’s just really open ocean water.  Open ocean worries me much more than kayaking with gators in Florida does.

Remember the no showers in the park’s campgrounds.  You can see on Route 102A just north of the beige parkland in the private land areas “hot showers”. 


The seashore in the picnic area is wonderful.  It looks like some folks have recently been having a very good time with rock stacks.  Some of them are seriously impressive.

That low strip of land across the water from here is the Cranberry Islands.









The area to David’s left is Seawall Point, a spit of private property.  As you can see, many of the picnic tables here are right on the water.



Cranberry Island across the way has houses and can be visited by ferry.  The park has a Ranger led program that goes on there.



I think this one is my favorite formation.  It’s so intricate.  How did the artist get those three to stand up perpendicular to the rest in the middle?  Wonder how long it will last?




Swimming off shore is a group of Common Eiders and they are very common in the ocean waters off the island in the summer.


Almost twins, maybe fraternal.




Not much wave action this afternoon but all we need is a good storm.  I just love that this spot is so close to our campsite.



Tomorrow we’ll hike our last mountain on this side of the park and it’s the perfect one.  Really looking forward to it.


  1. I do love staying inside the national parks if you can get reservations, but we rarely find sites that are level, either. Looks like you had perfect temperatures for camping without hookups.

  2. Beautiful area! The rock stacks remind me very much of inukshuks we find here.

  3. Inukshuks? Have to look that one up. I'm with you on the generator noise. Love solar power! Nice job on the leveling if I do say so myself. ;) Indeed a beautiful seashore & very impressive rock stacks.

  4. We knew when we went 40' there would be some places we wouldn't be able to get into, glad you were able to get in for a few days. Hopefully we'll have solar in a few years and start doing more boondocking. Some pretty serious rack stacking going on there.

  5. I'm very envious of your extended stay in this beautiful area. The rock stacks are all cool, but that complicated one is incredible. Must have been two builders. Love the fraternal twins :-))) You're forgiven for posting out of order - I'm still impressed with how much you remember!

  6. I guess there are draw backs to whatever type park one chooses in this lifestyle. The trees are great for privacy and beauty but then you have generator noise, unlevel sites, and no satellite in many NP campgrounds. The private parks are almost always level and have open sky for satellite and electric, but you give up some privacy. Luckily, there is something for each of us:)

    I love all the rock art. I could study these all afternoon. Thanks for all the different photos!

  7. Hmmmm..."sense of order"...REALLY...your just trying to intimidate me by getting way farther ahead in Blog Catchup;o))) But glad you posted, love the rock formation and have never seen them. Have to put this on the return trip todo list!!!

  8. There is always something you have to compromise on with every campground, none are perfect. However, location, location, location seems to take away the inconveniences when you get such a nice place inside a National Park. Glad you got a chance to get that site. :c)

  9. Years ago when I backpacked I would often see a rock cairn at a fork in the trail, and it had a meaning. I would hope people wouldn't stack rocks on a serious hiking trail.

  10. Can't you change a post into a "draft" and hold it until you want to post it? Even the full-hookup employee site I live in at the canyon is way out of level. It's a challenge. Wow, usually a concessionaire sells firewood. National park campgrounds weren't originally built for RVs as big as many of us own now adays.

  11. Not fun trying to get level in an 'iffy' site. Especially with a fifth-wheel. Love those rock cairns, sorta like the Jenga game.

  12. Lovely place...and impressive leveling job. Wonder how many who go there don't properly level?? Generator noise would also make me only want stay a few nights.


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