Experience a bit of natural immersion and enjoy the endless opportunities for outdoor recreation while camping in the northern forests of Downeast Maine! We use our 6 acre property to focus on producing organically grown herbs, fruit, vegetables for local markets. We're finally making available the properties scenic brooks, forests and meadows to folks seeking to experience
Experience a bit of natural immersion and enjoy the endless opportunities for outdoor recreation while camping in the northern forests of Downeast Maine! We use our 6 acre property to focus on producing organically grown herbs, fruit, vegetables for local markets. We're finally making available the properties scenic brooks, forests and meadows to folks seeking to experience a truly unforgettable, countryside retreat.
We’re just off the beaten path in an agricultural and fishing community on the Union River, 20 minutes drive from Acadia National Park and Mt. Desert Island. This drive in tent site includes:
- Space to set up two, 4 man tents(see photos)
- Fires permitted only in the existing fire pit-bring your own firewood
- Potable well water
- Solar shower access
- Bears have been spotted a mile away and so food must be stored in your car
- Etiquette of the pioneers- Help Keep birch trees alive by leaving their bark intact/ be considerate of other visitors-minimize remote unlocking and locking the car
- Check in: After 4PM
- Check out: Before 11AM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: 2
- Accepts bookings: 6 months out Weeknight discount: 10% off
Offered on the Host's property or nearby.
Mt bike trails are just a mile down the road. I have several state of the art full suspension bikes available for rent and can ...Read more
The Downeast Sunrise trail is available to snowmobiles and atvs.
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Our stay at Birch Gate was great. We really wanted to get out to Acadia this fall to see the leaves and enjoy some hikes in the crisp fall air. What's great about this location being 30 minutes or so outside of Acadia is that you can easily access the park, but not have to constantly deal with the business that comes with Acadia's peak season. In addition, it's so close to a bunch of other great spots in Maine.
We really enjoyed the Birch Gate. With two tents it's nice and cozy, and has a great little table and excellent fire pit. Despite being not too deep into the woods you feel completely isolated. We mostly used the site for prepping big meals and hanging around the fire. Jed was super helpful as well!
I'd definitely come back here on our next visit to Acadia, it was a great setup.
Access and Convenience! The location puts you in a perfect location for trip to Mt Desert Island and Schoodic Point. Wood was provided for a fire at the site which is always a plus. The site is nestled into the woods with nice tree coverage and offers privacy that you can't find at most of the sites inside Acadia. I would certainly recommend this site for those looking to avoid the crowds of the national park.
Birch Gate Campsite is a relatively new campsite. The groundskeeper's name is Jed and he's a really nice fellow. Upon arrival at the site, he had a 5 gallon jug of potable water waiting, a makeshift table setup, firewood ready, and even one folding chair. The camp is actually on private land in somewhat of a rural suburb and it is about 25 minutes from Acadia.
Now, a couple things to note - since this is a relatively new camp, there are still some things being worked on. The outhouse was behind some brush but there were folks clearing that while we stayed. There are no facilities in addition to the outhouse and the campsites themselves are quite minimal. One of them is near a shed that doesn't look inviting at night, but it's quite pleasant during the day. The other sites are located in the front meadow (where they hope to have a garden in the near future).
While the county was under high fire alert (meaning don't light a campfire if you don't have to), Jed was accommodating and created a fire pit for us in the meadow.
If you're a rustic camper that wants minimal accommodations, but one that wants easy access to Acadia National Park, this place is your perfect spot. If you want a larger campground with a bit more of Acadia's beauty, this may not be your best bet. However, for the price, this campsite was hard to beat.
Other than a minor miscommunication when we arrived (host unavailable and we didn’t know which site was which), our stay was very enjoyable. We only interacted with Jed’s mom in person, and she is an absolutely lovely human.
The site we settled into had a great platform for our tent. It didn’t have a table but the other sites did. Chairs were provided. Water provided is non-potable.
30-40 min drive from Acadia, quiet and peaceful. It was a great location for us. Was surprised to have good cell service, so be prepared to turn off your phone if you need a real escape.
Recommend clarifying with host which site is supposed to be yours before you arrive just in case they are not able to greet you, or that Jed provides a map/markings of which site is which as part of the listing.
My best friend and I needed a week long getaway and Jed and Melissa provided the perfect respite from everyday life. The camp is about 20 minutes from Acadia, which was perfect for avoiding the crowdedness of more public-use sites closer to the park (re: Covid), and the drive in everyday was absolutely stunning. Some nice walking trails and river access nearby were perfect for private swimming at the end of a long day. Melissa provided so many recs, brought us extra potable water, set up firewood, and was extremely friendly. She also has an amazing dog who we got to hang around. Quiet and peaceful, we loved our stay and would absolutely return!!
My partner and I went to the site but didn't end up staying there. The manager we spoke with via text, Melissa, was nice and helpful but the site had very little privacy and was very small. Wasn't for us. They did have a yurt site that seemed cool. That may have been a better pick. But our site was very small, next to a parking lot and had zero privacy.
As far as a campsite near Acadia, the place was great. There was well water available, a grate for the campfire, and a good spot to pitch our tent. The drawbacks were that there were multiple campsites in the property, and it was full when we were there. A larger group was there and were loud at night 2 of the 3 nights we were there. Additionally, there was only one outhouse for all the sites and it was not emptied as often as it needed to be with that many people staying on the property. There was also an additional person fee that moved the site out of the “this is a good deal” category.
Great campground. The site is somewhat small but we comfortable fit two 2-person tents and two hammocks. Has a nice fire ring, and Jed (site manager) gave us 2 tables to cook with. Only downside is that although the description says the campsite is 15 minutes from Acadia, this depends on where in Acadia you're going. To get to most of the hiking in the park (as well as to the visitor center) it's more of a 30 minute drive. Other than that, great campground for the price and would recommend. Thanks!
Excellent spot close (25-30min) to Acadia. Very private (except for the deer and turkeys strolling around which we enjoyed!) and the site was well maintained! We enjoyed our stay and so did our pups.