Discover the Schoodic Peninsula. Acadia National Park's Schoodic District is 10 minutes away, allowing you to explore the national park at your own pace, away from the crowds. Self serve. Book online. Dog friendly.
Located just a few minutes north of the Schoodic entrance to the park, Acadia East Campground is a quiet, self-serve tent campground near Acadia National Park area that allows you to enjoy a peaceful quiet camping stay in close proximity to Maine's national park.
Whether you're looking to watch the sunrise from Cadillac Mountain, the waves crash at Thunder Hole, or get off the beaten path to the quieter Schoodic District of Acadia National Park, Acadia East Campground puts you close to the action and scenic beauty of coastal Downeast Maine.
Frequently Asked Questions
We're are Located Outside Acadia National Park
Acadia East Campground is a self-serve, backcountry-style, commercial tent campground near Acadia National Park. We are not affiliated with Acadia National Park, and are not located inside the park. We are located at 574 U.S. Route 1 in Gouldsboro, Maine, just 7 miles from the Schoodic entrance to Acadia National Park and 35 minutes to the Thompson Island Visitor Center gateway to Mount Desert Island.
Self-serve means that guests book online and simply head to their campsite when they arrive. Our campground is securely video monitored 24/7 to ensure the safety of our guests.
Commercial means that we are a business. We are not a non-profit, or affiliated with any non-profit, or government agency; including the National Park Service. If you're looking to camp inside Acadia National Park, be sure to book well in advance at https://www.recreation.gov/
Backcountry-Style means that our campground is designed for those that like a quiet wooded tent camping experience that puts a premium on nature. Unlike traditional campgrounds, we have a main parking area where campers park and hike to their campsite. Campsite distances range from 50-300 feet from the parking area. You cannot drive your vehicle to your campsite.
Tent campground means that we are not able to accommodate RVs or campers/travel trailers. Our campsites are designed for tents or hammocks only.
Restroom and Showers: We have a single restroom on site. The restroom is clean, with toilet paper and hand sanitizer stocked, and has a motion light. While we do not have public showers, there is a wonderful public shower and laundry facility managed by the Schoodic Institute at the Schoodic Marine Center 10 minutes away in Winter Harbor.
Camping Along Maine's Coastal Scenic ByWays
Find us where the Schoodic National Scenic ByWay and The Bold Coast Scenic ByWay converge on Route 1 in Gouldsboro, Maine. These popular auto routes meander along the rugged winding coast of Downeast Maine, stretching from Ellsworth east to the Washington County and the Canadian Border. Acadia East Campground near Acadia National Park sits as a perfect stopping point for bicyclists between the two ByWays. Explore Maine by visiting the Schoodic Peninsula.
Where to Eat, Drink, and Play in Downeast Acadia
Acadia East Campground is the perfect remote camping hub for solo campers, couples, outdoor families, small groups, and dog lovers to pitch a tent and basecamp for an exciting Acadia adventure. From your private wooded campsite, your just minutes away from breweries (Atlantic Brewing, Fogtown Brewing, and Airline Brewing), wineries (Bar Harbor Cellars & Catherine Hill Winery), distilleries (Bartlett Spirits), restaurants (Ironbound, The Pickled Wrinkle, and Saltbox), gourmet wine and food (Best Wines and Sullivan Harbor Farm), beaches, state parks, wildlife refuges, boat landings, Acadia National Park, shopping (Schoodic, Ellsworth and Bar Harbor), trails, trails, and more trails.
Don't Forget to Bring Your Pup! Acadia East Campground is Dog-Friendly
The remote nature of Acadia East Campground makes it the perfect dog-friendly campground near Acadia National Park. You'll find spacious campsites for your dogs to explore on-or-off leash, as well as dog waste bags and disposal bin on site. We do ask that you be cautious and aware of other campers and keep pups at your site and on leash while on trails and in the parking area. Also, please note that there is plenty of wildlife in the area (we've seen bears, turkeys, deer, snakes, rabbits, squirrels, and more!). For the safety of you and your dog, do not allow your dog to wander off or engage with wildlife. The Jones Pond Recreational Area (beach and boat landing) has a dog-friendly swim area less than a mile away!