Schoodic Woods Campground, Acadia National Park
The Schoodic Woods Campground is located about three miles southeast of Winter Harbor. It is named so as it sits on the Schoodic Peninsula. This campground is part of Acadia National Park – one of the best national parks in Maine. To get here from the main entrance (Bar Harbor), it’s just over an hour by car.
Schoodic Woods Campground Hours
The campgrounds are open 24 hours a day during the open season. Rangers are available from 8 am to 8 pm each day, depending on staff availability.
Open season is from May 26 to October 10 each year. Schoodic Woods Campground is closed for most holidays except for Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day.
Pricing varies depending on which type of campsite you occupy. There are multiple options, including primitive, RV sites, and larger group camping areas. Most available Schoodic Woods campsites are intended for those with tents. The below lists out pricing for each. Keep in mind this is a per night cost and is additional to the park entrance fee.
Camper Set Up
Hike-in Tent Site (primitive): $22.00
Drive Up Tent/Small RV (20amp): $30.00
RV With Electric Only Sites (20/30/50amp): $36.00
RV With Electric & Water (20/30/50amp): $40.00
Group Tent Sites: $60.00
Make your reservations online at recreation.gov.
Schoodic Woods Campground Amenities
This campground is a great place to get off the grid for a bit as there is no cell phone reception. Internet is available depending on the season, so don’t expect to get much work done during your Acadia Camping trip.
The tent and group campsites here work well for those who have done backcountry camping before as not many amenities are included. Expect to bring your firewood, ice, food storage container, and supplies or hunt for a store before arriving here.
Dump Station Sign
An amphitheater is in the campgrounds and is open for use seasonally. If you’re planning on camping in an RV, dump stations are available in-season.
Below is a list of each available amenity for you to peruse.
Internet Connectivity: Yes, Only Seasonally
Trash/Recycling Collection: Yes, Seasonally
Staff On Site: Yes, Seasonally
Amphitheater: Yes, Seasonally
Dump Station: Yes, Seasonally
Potable Water: Yes, Seasonally
Cell Phone Reception: No
Food Storage Lockers: No
Camp Store: No
Ice For Sale: No
Firewood For Sale: No, can be found near the campground
Bring your dogs! Ensure your dog(s) are always leashed or in crates/cages and always with a person. Leashes can be a maximum of six feet long. They are allowed throughout the Acadia National Park Camping areas. Now you can avoid the sad puppy dog eyes and bring them on the trip with you. If you want to hike with your dog here are some great tips!
None. Yes- really. However, there are available showers nearby that are only a quick drive away. These are provided by private sources and not affiliated with the campgrounds at all. It’s best to plan for your stay here.
More Details On Reservations
Make sure to book your reservations ahead of time online (see above link) as camping space fills up quickly. If you head here without reserving a spot beforehand, there’s a very real possibility you will be turned away. Most often, the camping areas are full or almost at capacity each day, June through September.
If you’re planning on spending a night or a few nights in May or October, there’s a higher possibility of catching an opening with reservations as these are the slowest weeks during the open season.
As a side note, you can call the ranger station for questions on available space. Reservations can not be made over the phone with rangers and need to be made online.
You can make reservations up to two months ahead of time. There are 89 camping areas available to the public. Having a reservation guarantees you a specific campsite, and you’ll be assigned a number that you’ll head to once you’ve checked in.
Tip: Place your phone calls to the rangers in the afternoon concerning campsite availability. Due to the different number of employees each year, there may not be a ranger to take your call until the afternoon. You’ll have a higher likelihood of catching someone and getting your questions answered if you call after twelve.
There are fire rings and grills that can be used – these are already located at the camp. You won’t need to bring your grill unless you prefer to. For those who want to create a campfire, you’re out of luck. It is prohibited to create, build, keep, or use a campfire in any manner. This is true regardless of whether wood or charcoal is used.
Both stoves and grills are allowed. They must use fuel in the form of liquid propane gas, butane, or white gas. You can still enjoy your cooked meals while camping, just not over a self-made campfire flame.
There are a few different toilet types available for use during the open season at Schoodic Woods Campground. You’ll find both vault and flush toilets here.
How To Get To Your Campsite
There are multiple ways to access your campsite, which depends on the site you choose. Some are hike-in sites. You’ll also find spots which can easily be walked to from a nearby parking lot or, in some cases, parked by. Some sites can even be reached by boat/water.
Ensure you request the type of site that fits your needs best. It can be easy to overestimate hiking/camping abilities, especially if traveling with children.
Hiking is, of course, a great activity to partake in while visiting the Schoodic Peninsula. Choose from eight miles of different hiking trails around the area.
For those who brought their mountain bikes, there are plenty of trails to bike around on. Over eight miles, to be exact – and these are additional to the hiking trails.
Drive along the six-mile, one-way road for stunning views of lush green islands, birds, and lighthouses. There are multiple places where you can stop the car to take extra time looking at specific sites. Head to Schoodic point by car for excellent views of Mount Desert Island.
If you’re planning on arriving late at night or after hours, you’ll still be able to check-in. Make sure to notify the rangers ahead of time so you can keep your campsite. Your name will be noted on the Late Arrivals board at the Ranger Station.
For those arriving on time, you’ll need to check in before 10 am with the rangers so you can grab your campsite information.
Schoodic Woods Campground
All campsites are by reservation only. There are no same-day reservations or first-come, first-served sites.
Maximum vehicle length is strictly enforced. Camping equipment exceeding maximum length will not be allowed entry into the campground. Check individual sites for allowable equipment, number of vehicles allowed, and driveway details.
Last Price Paid: $41
Reported by Wander Wagon on 9/24/2022
Longest RV Reported: 45 feet (Class A)
Reported by Venerable Vagabond on 7/22/2017
Number of Sites 94
Open Seasonally May – Oct.
Elevation 131 ft / 39 m
Tent Camping Yes
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Q&A – Ask the Community about Schoodic Woods Campground
To ask questions of the owner or manager please contact the campground directly. 207-288-3338
Room4Two asked on 8/28/2022
Are there showers at this campground?
Mel asked on 6/10/2022
Does anyone know if I can use a tent site (non-hike in) and sleep in my 20 foot van? Or MUST I set up a tent? Thx
Mvimagine asked on 5/13/2022
Is it possible to launch kayaks within the Schoodic Woods area?
Joey asked on 4/28/2022
Which sites would you recommend for privacy? We have a 30′ travel trailer and want electric and water. Thank you!
Kmurphy asked on 6/23/2021
Does anyone know if Schoodic Woods Campground is pet-friendly?
Reviews of Schoodic Woods Campground 35 people have reviewed this location.
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This campground was the nicest campground of our two week trip and probably the nicest campground we have ever stayed at. It was well laid out the grounds were very clean. The only drawback for some might be the lack of showers. Although this is about an hour drive from the main part of Acadia this part of the park is very less busy. more
This campground was the nicest campground of our two week trip and probably the nicest campground we have ever stayed at. It was well laid out the grounds were very clean. The only drawback for some might be the lack of showers. Although this is about an hour drive from the main part of Acadia this part of the park is very less busy and relaxing.
Wander Wagon would stay here again
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“One of the best designed campgrounds”
The sites here are large and very private with lots of vegetation between sites. The bathrooms are very nice and clean. Lots of trails. There is a shuttle bus to other parts of the peninsula and to the town of Winter Harbor. We lucked out getting last minute reservations in July (someone must have cancelled)
Eileen would stay here again
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“Isolated Feeling, Quiet, Nice!”
I loved camping here. The sites are well spaced apart, and most have pretty good privacy. Gravel pads. The restrooms are clean, but there are NO showers. I would have given 5 star rating otherwise because this place is just beautiful. So much better than the areas around Bar Harbor, there is very little traffic. Lots of hiking. more
I loved camping here. The sites are well spaced apart, and most have pretty good privacy. Gravel pads.
The restrooms are clean, but there are NO showers. I would have given 5 star rating otherwise because this place is just beautiful. So much better than the areas around Bar Harbor, there is very little traffic.
Lots of hiking and biking opportunities, either right out of the campground, or not too far to drive to.
Cell phone service comes and goes. We were able to get maybe 5 to 8 TV channels with an air antenna.
Room4Two would stay here again
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The empty nesters
“Relaxing, quiet, great sunsets”
We were thrilled when we got a site in Acadia (be warned – you need to be ready to book it the minute the site becomes available) but didn’t realize that it is nearly 1 hour from the main portion of Acadia on Mt. Desert Island. After some initial disapointment, we decided it was actually great. We got up early a couple days and dro. more
We were thrilled when we got a site in Acadia (be warned – you need to be ready to book it the minute the site becomes available) but didn’t realize that it is nearly 1 hour from the main portion of Acadia on Mt. Desert Island. After some initial disapointment, we decided it was actually great. We got up early a couple days and drove to Acadia proper and spent the whole day there so it didn’t really matter that we were an hour away. Mt. Desert Island was pretty busy and it was sometimes hard to find places to park at trail heads. On Schoodic point, it was much less crowded, but just as lovely. We nightly drove down the loop to see beautiful sunsets. There are bike trails (challenging to bike but great to hike) and hiking trails aplenty. I absoltely loved all the mushrooms that could be seen all around the park. There were not many resturants or stores open in the evening so plan your meals ahead of time. The site itself was peaceful, lovely, and felt fairly private due to the bushes and trees around. All of Acadia is very dog friendly.
Acadia campers fired up over Schoodic Woods Campground
At the new Schoodic Woods Campground in Acadia National Park, Bill Mulvey paused to admire his site as he and his son, Pat, set up their tent last week.
Bill Mulvey of Phoenixville, Pa., left, and his son, Pat Mulvey of Philadelphia, right, begin pitching their tent at the Schoodic Woods Campground at Acadia National Park after arriving on the day of the 100th anniversary of Acadia.
Mulvey, a retired assistant manager for a supermarket company, said he reserved the site about a month before arriving on a Friday for the weekend and it was the only spot available at the “very popular” campground. Mulvey, of Phoenixville, Pa., and his son, a middle school teacher in Philadelphia public schools, are among people camping at the Schoodic Woods Campground during its first full season of operation.
“It’s beautiful,” he said, pointing to the greenery that buffers sites. “Look at these trees. This is great.”
Located on the dramatic Schoodic Peninsula, the only part of Acadia on the mainland, the 94-site campground opened on Sept. 1 of 2015.
From left to right, Eleanor Goldberg and Malcolm Burson, both of Portland, Jon Luoma and Cathy Johnson, both of Alna, stand in their site at the Schoodic Woods Campground at Acadia National Park after a bike ride together on the 100th anniversary of Acadia National Park.
The campground was made possible by an anonymous donation of 1,400 acres south of Route 186 to the park in 2011, preventing it from being developed into a possible resort. The anonymous donor also paid for planning and design, construction and furnishing of the beautiful Schoodic Woods Campground, 100-seat amphitheater, ranger station and visitor center, maintenance building, multipurpose paths, new hiking trails, an underground utility line along the main road and a causeway bike lane and bridge.
During a visit on the actual 100th anniversary of Acadia National Park, July 8 in 2016, campers lauded the new campground which includes 4.7 miles of new hiking trails and 8.3 miles of new bike paths styled after the park’s carriage roads on Mount Desert Island.
“The bike paths are great,” said Eleanor Goldberg of Portland, who teaches English as a second language in adult education. “They are wide.”
Goldberg joined Malcolm Burson, public policy advisor for the Conservation Law Foundation, Cathy Johnson, a project director for the Natural Resources Council of Maine, and Jon Luoma, a watercolor painter, for a planned two nights at the Schoodic Woods Campground.
Happy campers at Schoodic Woods Campground – even if no showers
From left to right, Trevor Hillman with his parents, Beverly Rhode-Hillman and Brian Hillman, of Mukwonago, Wisc., relax at their site in the Schoodic Woods Campground at Acadia. During their first visit to Maine, they loved “everything” about the state.
Beverly Rhode-Hillman, retired as a police officer from East Troy, Wisc., her husband, Brian Hillman, a retired chief of staff for Citicorp, and their son, Trevor, traveled from their home in Mukwonago, Wisc., and were enjoying five days at the Schoodic Woods Campground.
They drove to Maine in a Chevrolet truck with a hard shell camper in tow. They rode bikes, took the Miss Lizzie ferry (which used to service Isle au Haut) to Bar Harbor and back, and traveled on the fare-free Island Explorer.
Brian Hillman said a lot of effort and thought was put into designing the Schoodic Woods Campground. He noted the woods that buffer the camp sites and provide privacy.
Campers, hikers and bicyclists can find out more information about Schoodic Woods at this new Ranger Station.
The campground is remarkable for its clean bathrooms, new Ranger Station to register campers and provide information, 100-seat amphitheater with regular events. It has 33 RV sites with water and power, including 20 pull-through; 50 car tent sites with electric, including 26 listed as for only tents; 9 private hike-in sites with no electric and no open fires allowed; and two group sites.
Showers are practically the only amenity missing at the Schoodic Woods Campground.
“The restrooms are awesome,” said Rhode-Hillman. “Unfortunately, there are no showers for people who stay longer.”
Showers and other camper needs to be met by area businesses
This photo shows the men’s bathroom near the Ranger Station at the Schoodic Woods Campground in Acadia National Park. Campers said they enjoy the clean bathrooms at the new campground.
Campers can pay for showers at the Winter Harbor Inn about 3 miles away in Winter Harbor, or at the Mainayr Campground, about 15 miles away in Steuben.
The Winter Harbor Inn charges $20 for up to three people and 45 minutes including towels, shampoo, soap, face cloth and bottled water, while the Mainayr charges $5 per person, according to information at the Ranger Station. People should call for an appointment at the Winter Harbor Inn at 1-207-LOBSTER and the Mainayr is at 1-207-546-2690.
Peter Drinkwater, a real estate broker and also chairman of the Winter Harbor Utilities District, said showers are definitely needed to serve campers. “Everybody knows it is what we need, but no one has pulled the trigger to do it,” he said, adding that he has listed for sale a building at 159 Main St. that he said would be ideal for converting into showers and a laundromat.
Peter Drinkwater, owner of the Winter Harbor 5 & 10 and a real estate broker, is shown standing inside his store. Drinkwater said he has listed for sale a building at 159 Main St. that is ideal for converting into showers and a laundromat that could help fill a need for residents and campers at the Schoodic Woods Campground.
Drinkwater, also owner of the Winter Harbor 5 & 10, said the new campground is positive and that everybody loves it.
The history of the campground includes the Lyme Timber Co. acquiring the property in December 2011 and developing the campground under Schoodic Woods LLC in 2013-2015.
In 2013, Schoodic Woods, LLC donated a conservation easement over 1,400 of the 1,600 acres south of Rte.186 to the federal government, allowing the park service to operate the new facilities and manage the land as part of Acadia National Park, according to a press release.
“Schoodic Woods, LLC held several public meetings in Winter Harbor to help develop the plan for the campground and other recreational facilities,” said John T. Kelly, management assistant for Acadia National Park, in a email.
“While I cannot speak for Schoodic Woods, LLC, my understanding is that it wanted to give neighboring towns the opportunity to offer services to campers as a way of stimulating the local economy. Schoodic Woods, LLC also wanted to have the campground offer similar services as Blackwoods and Seawall campgrounds in the park. Along with showers, we expect the demand for laundry facilities, camping supplies, bike rentals, food, etc. to be met by the private sector.”
On Mount Desert Island, the 198-site Seawall Campground and the 275-site Blackwoods Campground don’t have shower facilities and point campers to nearby businesses for fee showers and supplies.
Schoodic Woods Campground features this amphitheater.
Dave Sampson, a retired fire department captain from Peabody, MA, and his wife, Dale, a children’s librarian for Peabody, said they enjoyed their stay at a pull-through site with their 30-foot Jayco travel trailer and Chevrolet truck. They said they had plenty of space and unlike Blackwoods and Seawall, which have no hookups, the Schoodic Woods Campground includes water and electric on site for RVs.
“It’s all brand new, very clean, very nice,” said Dave Sampson.
“We’ve been here a week,” said Dale Sampson. “It’s great.”
Standing inside the Schoodic Woods Ranger Station, Ranger Bill Jones says the new campground is experiencing an “outstanding” first full season with high occupancy and good reviews from campers.
Ranger Bill Jones said sites should be reserved through Recreation.gov. Sites can be offered at the Ranger Station on a limited walk-in basis, if there are openings within 48 hours.
Jones, former owner of a campground in Lakeland, Florida, said the Schoodic Woods Campground has had “high occupancy” this year and very good reviews from campers.
“This is the nicest campground I’ve ever seen and I used to own a campground,” Jones said.
Information to help plan your visit to Schoodic Woods Campground
Other Schoodic Woods Campground reviews: Campbase
Map of new Schoodic Woods campground run by Acadia National Park (NPS image)
Site A-13 at Schoodic Woods Campground is for tents only and includes electric hookup and a picnic table.
Campsite A-16 at Schoodic Woods Campground is for just tents and is equipped with electric hookup..
Camspite A-18 at Schoodic Woods Campground is for tent only and comes with electric hookup and solitude.
Campsite A-32 at Schoodic Woods is for tents only and has electric hookup.
Campsite A-33 at Schoodic Woods Campground. It can accommodate an RV and comes with electric.
Campsite A-34 at Schoodic Woods Campground is for tent only and is located across the road from A-33.
A tent sits under a canopy in site A-35 at Schoodic Woods Campground. The site is for tents only and comes with electric hookup and a picnic table.
Campsite A-40 at Schoodic Woods Campground.
US Sen. Angus King stayed at campsite B-12 with his RV in September 2015, to attend the Schoodic Woods Campground ribbon-cutting ceremony.
All hike-in sites feature a secure container to store food in, as seen in this photo of H-1.
It’s nearly a half mile hike into campsite H-2, but the view of Frenchman Bay and Cadillac is worth it. The only other waterview campsite is H-8.
H-3, a hike-in site at the Schoodic Woods Campground, includes a picnic table and tent pad. There is no view but an abundance of solitude. Like with all hike-in sites, there is no electricity, water or fire ring. Open fires are banned, and restrooms are a short hike away.
Hike-in camp site H-4 does not have a view but comes with a tent pad, picnic table and plenty of privacy. Like all hike in sites, there is no electricity and no fire ring and open fires are banned.
Pull-through RV site
A recreational vehicle parked at one of 20 “pull-through” sites at the Schoodic Woods Campground. The sites are coveted for the big vehicles because an RV can go in and out without having to back up.
Bike paths outside your campsite
You can bike from your campsite along well-graded paths at Schoodic Woods Campground.
The 8.3 miles of bicycle paths of Schoodic Woods are modeled after the carriage roads of Mount Desert Island. They are also open in the winter for hiking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, conditions permitting.
Sink attached to outside of campground bathroom is for washing dishes only.
Spanking new bathroom building for Loops A and B of Schoodic Woods Campground.
Toilet for hike-in campsites is a bit of a walk from the tent, so be prepared.
Things to see and do in Schoodic section of Acadia
Sundew Trail offers spectacular views, seaside benches and solitude. Located on the Schoodic Institute campus and featured in “Hiking Acadia National Park.”
Welcome sign off the Schoodic Loop Road.
View from the new Lower Harbor Trail at Schoodic Woods, which begins across the road from the Ranger Station driveway.
Limited views from Buck Cove Mountain, accessed from a 3.2 mile trail that starts at the Schoodic Woods group camping area.
Spruce grouse on Buck Cove Mountain Trail, which leads from Schoodic Woods Campground to Schoodic Head. Reports of wildlife sightings posted on bulletin board at Ranger Station.
Know the rules of the campground
Schoodic Woods Campground rules.
Schoodic Woods Campground rates.
Hike-in campsite rules for Schoodic Woods Campground.
8 thoughts on “ Acadia campers fired up over Schoodic Woods Campground ”
I think that the failure to have regular bathhouses in the Schoodic Campground has really given local businesses the opportunity to FLEECE campers for showers. If we go, we intend to periodically move our RV to the dump station to empty the Gray Tanks, we will wash our dishes at the dishwashing station, and we also are going to be using the same waterless bath that NASA Astronauts use in space to save both money and water. I’m sure that many experienced boondockers will do the same.
$20.00 for a shower is an OUTRAGEOUS PRICE. Just think! A family of 4 people would have to pay $40.00 just to take a shower! OUTRAGEOUS!! And even $5.00 is exorbitant when other National Parks that do use private vendors are charging a lot less. For example, the Bathhouses at Shenandoah National Park are operated by a private vendor who only charges $1.75 for a shower, and the Bathhouses are clean and modern. These high prices will cause some people to use dishpans to take “bird baths” in the restroom stalls; it is almost dead certain that the dishwashing sinks will be used to bathe children and babies. Very few will pay $20.00 plus the cost of gasoline to take a shower.
Other than the “NO BATHHOUSE AVAILABLE” issue, I believe that a visit to Acadia will be worthwhile as long as one considers it to be a boondocking sort of place.
Awesome piece on the new park campground! When the Schoodic Woods Campsites are full, come see us up the road at the new Acadia East Campground https://acadianationalparkcamping.com
Hi Tom, thanks for the comment! Good to know there are other camping options nearby, especially if Schoodic Woods is full Good luck on the new campground.