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Seawall Campground-Off the beaten path, but lovely just the same


After spending two days exploring the eastern half of Acadia National Park and Mt. Desert Island, we decided to venture over to the western, and less populated, half for a couple of nights. There are two primary campgrounds within the park, Blackwoods Campground on the eastern part of the island and Seawall on the western part. After some research, we decided that Seawall appeared to be more RV friendly and made a 2-night reservation to stay there in late August.

Seawall Campground can be accessed via Route 102A and is approximately 4 miles south of beautiful Southwest Harbor, Maine. It is open from May through September and RV sites are $30 per night. There are no hookups in the park, but there is a dump station and many fresh water spigots throughout.

The picturesque village of Southwest Harbor is home to approximately 1,700 citizens and located just west of Somes Sound on Mt. Desert Island. It is known for its great shops, eateries and galleries and provides a number of lodging options for those who enjoy the creature comforts not offered by camping. Nearby Manset will provide you a distant view of the Bear Island Lighthouse, the Little and Great Cranberry Islands, Sutton Island and the awe inspiring Atlantic Ocean. Both villages are just a short and easy drive from the Seawall Campground. Although Seawall is on the western part of the island, it’s a mere 18 miles from Bar Harbor and the Acadia National Park tour loop.

We had reservations for Sunday and Monday nights and there was a small line at the check-in booth, which only has two clerks to assist incoming campers. You must wait outside the booth until the clerk lets you know he/she is ready for you, so if it’s raining I would suggest you bring an umbrella. We made our reservations on-line so check-in for us was quick and easy. Park staff were extremely friendly and knowledgeable.

Some of the campsites in Seawall have lower tree canopies than others and an overall height limit of 11’ 8” is listed on the park’s website. However, many of the site canopies are actually higher than this. We called and spoke to a ranger prior to making our reservation and he assured us that the site we were considering would accommodate our height of 12’6”. If your RV is taller than or close to 11’8”, I would suggest that you call and talk to someone prior to reserving a site.

All pull-thru sites in the park are shared sites, which means two rigs will be right next to each other with little room to spare. We shared our site with a small pop-up camper housing a family of four. We saw a few sites that were being shared by two larger rigs and watched as one rig took nearly an hour to get into its assigned sight, which it shared with a small Scamp trailer. If you don’t like camping rather close to your neighbors, than this park may not be for you. Luckily, our neighbors were very quiet and respectful and we had no issues with them whatsoever.

There are no services at the sites so you have to be prepared to dry camp. The park does allow use of generators between the hours of 8:00 am and 7:00 pm, but since our generator exhaust was on the same side as our neighbor’s pop-up camper, we opted not to use it.

The bathrooms were clean but there are no showers in the park. Staff suggest that if you need a shower, the privately owned campground just up the road will let you take one for $3.00.

We really enjoyed our stay at Seawall and spent most of our time exploring the rocky shores of the Atlantic, watching the tides rise, and keeping a sharp eye for a nearby seal. The location is bike and pedestrian friendly, off the beaten path and absolutely beautiful. We would definitely stay here again.


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