Coronavirus Covid-19 Update: Camping Near Acadia National Park

June 24, 2020by Thomas Tash
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The last few months have been exceptionally difficult for everyone globally. Never have we seen anything impact every single one of us like the coronavirus Covid-19. Even if you’ve been fortunate to stay healthy through the pandemic, you may know friends, family, or neighbors that have been directly impacted. One thing that we’ve all been asking is: “when will we be able to get back to normal?” Or “is this the new normal?” For this reason, and because we’re starting to see guidelines and restrictions loosen, we wanted to provide a coronavirus Covid-19 update: Camping near Acadia National Park. Below we’ll answer some common questions to the best of our ability.

When will camping reopen at Acadia National Park?

While some commercial campgrounds outside of Acadia National Park, including Acadia East Campground, are now open, most are opening on a case-by-case basis. Since we are a small tent-only campground with fewer than 10 sites that are spaced very far apart, our camping area is ideal for those looking for a much-needed escape into the woods.

The campgrounds inside Acadia National Park are closed until at least August 1. Blackwoods Campground and Schoodic Woods Campground are set to open on August 1, while Seawall Campground and Duck Harbor Campground are closed for the season.

What is open and closed in Acadia National Park during coronavirus Covid-19?

The National Park Service is currently operating Acadia National Park on a limited basis. While hiking trails and popular attractions are open to visitors, some of the park’s building facilities are closed or limited. The free Island Explorer Shuttle Bus is not operating during the 2020 season due to the pandemic. For a complete and up-to-date list of all park openings and closings, visit https://www.nps.gov/acad/planyourvisit/conditions.htm

Is it safe to go camping near Acadia National Park during coronavirus Covid-19?

It is always wise to refer to the CDC, Maine CDC, and other government and public health organizations to learn of the potential risks of public exposure during a pandemic like coronavirus Covid-19. Currently, the State of Maine is allowing residents of Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont to go camping in Maine. Non-residents will be allowed to go camping in Maine as of July 1, under the stipulation that they self-quarantine for 14 days, or tested negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours of arriving in Maine.

WE ARE accepting Maine resident and out-of-state reservations in accordance with State of Maine guidelines.

On a personal note, we understand the great importance the outdoors plays in our mental and physical health. We are pleased to welcome our guests who have been stuck at home, or otherwise feeling stress, anxiety, and other uncomfortable emotions during this difficult time. We understand that space, nature, and fresh air might be just the medicine your need.

We have seen a surge in reservations unlike anything before, and in 2 weeks have gone from almost no reservations to almost completely booked for the next 6 weeks. We ask that all campers remain patient with each other, everyone is trying to have the same peaceful experience.

What restrictions or guidelines are in place to prevent the spread of coronavirus Covid-19 at Acadia East Campground?

Our Campsites

If you are not familiar with Acadia East Campground, it’s important to know that we are NOT a traditional large-scale commercial campground. We are very small. We have fewer than 10 walk-in tent sites. We are certified by the State of Maine as a Wilderness Campground, even though WE ARE a business, and not affiliated with Acadia National Park, the State of Maine public lands, or any other non-profit entity. Because of this designation, our sites must be MUCH larger than a traditional campground. During the pandemic, this makes is much easier for campers to social distance from other groups.

Our Parking Area

We have one main parking area for the campground (that we are currently expanding — please excuse our dust). As campers come and go, we ask that you limit the time spent in the parking area when other groups are also in the area. Please practice social distancing and be respectful of the health and safety of other campers and their families.

Our Bathroom Facility

Our bathroom facility is a vaulted privy, similar to the restrooms found at park trailheads. It does not have running water, however we do have hand sanitizer available in the building. Please practice social distancing and wait off the platform while others are using the facility and have completely exited the platform before taking your turn.


We greatly appreciate your help and support as we aim to provide a safe and healthy place for guests, their friends, and families to get outdoors, take in nature, and experience the beauty that is Acadia National Park. Due to higher than normal website traffic, if you receive an error while attempting to book your site, you can also find us on AirBNB and Hipcamp where you can make a reservation.

 

Thomas Tash

Tom Tash is the Founder and Co-Owner of Acadia East Campground and Pocket Parks Campgrounds. Tom began his career in Outdoor Recreation at the University of Maine at Machias before joining the City of Portland Recreation Department and becoming the Recreation Director for the Town of Bridgton. Tom became deeply invested in the national parks as the Marketing Director for a national park travel guide company. He co-founded Acadia East Campground in 2017/18.

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